Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Brad Winter's first Journal self-evaluation

Steve Tellez reported
directly to Brad Winter
Kent Walz and the Journal have been in the habit of offering to the sitting APS superintendent, a monthly column.  As APS' Interim Supt, Brad Winter's first such, appeared this morning, link.

I have taken the liberty of separating for your convenience, his wheat from his chaff. his chaff in italic.
I found myself poised for the challenge, excited about the opportunity to help turn things around.
Is he, or is he not fresh off just that opportunity?  As APS' COO and one of the inner, inner circle, did he not have just such "opportunities to turn things around"?

As APS COO, Winter  could have told the truth about spending at 6400 Uptown Blvd, and he did not.

Bad enough they wasted tax dollars,
worse that they are still covering it up.

As Interim Supt, Winter could tell the truth; he could respond candidly, forthrightly and honestly to questions about the public interests and about his public service, but he will not.

As APS COO, he could have produced ethically redacted findings of investigations into allegations of felony criminal misconduct involving senior APS administrators in and above the leadership of APS' publicly funded private police force, and he did not.

As Interim Supt, he could produce those ethically redacted public records now, but he will not.

As Interim Supt, he represents the senior-most administrative approval of the spending operational funds in a "legal" effort to keep those records hidden from public knowledge in their entirety, and without any real oversight.  Especially none from the Journal or any of the other APS "credentialed" press.
… I have a good idea of what’s working and what’s not. I’ve (been) …involved at all levels...
What Brad Winter has, amounts to guilty knowledge of administrative and executive corruption and incompetence.  A public servant whose is aware of public corruption and or incompetence has an obligation to expose it.  period.

Guilty knowledge in a public servant is malfeasance.

Brad Winter knows about the spending at 6400 Uptown Blvd. He knows how much money was spent during a time when Meyners and Co auditors were finding;
  1. inadequate standards, and
  2. inadequate accountability to inadequate standards, and
  3. inadequate record keeping.
... the trifecta of public corruption and graft
Auditors found APS senior administrators spending up to $50K at a whack "without involving purchasing".

Winter won't produce a candid, forthright and honest accounting of the spending of millions and millions of dollars, because one does not exist.
My immediate goals are to continue efforts… while regaining public trust and creating more stability for the district.
No better way to regain the public trust than to point to a time, a day and a place where he and whomever he needs to sit with him, will sit down and answer legitimate questions about the public interests and about his public service. No better way to regain the public trust than by responding to legitimate questions candidly, forthrightly and honestly.
one of my goals is to reach out to the community and encourage input…
Unless of course the input is negative and delivered from the podium during a public forum. In which case the praetorian guard he commands, will "eject" the offender.
I look forward to talking to you, hearing your concerns, listening to your suggestions. In the meantime, you’re welcome to get in touch with me.
 Hmm, he didn't mention looking forward to "answering your questions".
The best way to reach me is at superintendent@aps.edu
No, the best way to reach you is to stand up during a public forum, look you in the eye, and ask you questions you don't want to answer.
Dr. Winter, as the interim senior-most administrative role model of APS' student standards of conduct, would you care to explain to students in words they can understand,
why students are expected to hold themselves honestly accountable to the Pillars of Character Counts! and you are not.

photos Mark Bralley

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