Wednesday, August 26, 2009

APS Audit Committee Meeting Cancelled

The meeting of the APS Audit Committee, scheduled for 5pm
today has been canceled without explanation.

The Audit Committee is likely in hiding over allegations that
it is denying more than 100 SilentWhistle complainants
the due process that their complaints are entitled to under
APS School Board Policy.

B.07.D. An Audit Committee to review and recommend approval or action(s) associated ... any employee whistleblower complaints.
To date, there are well over 100 SilentWhistle whistleblower
complaints, and not one has seen the due process that policy

Audit Committee Chair, David Robbins
steadfastly refuses to put the
whistleblower complaints on his agenda.

The only excuse that he has offered so
far; his refusal does not violate federal law.

Stakeholders are being deprived of an
important check and balance.

Because SilentWhistle is administered by APS administrators,
if a complaint is lodged against the administration, it is
adjudicated by the administration. This creates the appearance
of of a conflict of interest, and the appearance of impropriety.

The apparent conflict of interest is addressed by the executive
review of administrative findings that is required by school
board policy.

I have posited that review and approval is being denied to
all complaints in order to deny review and approval of two
complaints in particular. One complaint alleges that
APS Superintendent, Winston Brooks is behaving
unethically by refusing to be held honestly accountable to
an ethical standard of conduct; the APS Student Standards of Conduct; the Pillars of Character Counts!.

The second alleges that the first complaint was closed without
due process, by the administrator in charge of SilentWhistle,
APS Director of Internal Audit, Margret Koshmider.

Due process is being denied to more than 100 complainants,
for no other reason than to prevent an open, honest, and public
discussion of executive and administrative role modeling of
the student standards of conduct.

photo Mark Bralley

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