Advertisement In all, six people, including a son and a niece of Mrs. Tassone had been granted unlimited authority by the school board to make those transfers even though state education regulations required the board to set limits on the amounts that can be transferred without board approval, according to the audit. Tassone caught wind of it and called Costigan from Florida. Yet potentially even more problematic are the seemingly routine administrative decisions school leaders make every day that can have a negative, long-term impact on a school or school district's moral compass. State records show that Tassone is one of the top 20 pension earners among school administrators in the state.
Roslyn School District Case 1 The primary individuals involved the Roslyn fraud were former assistant superintendent for business and finance Pamela Gluckin and Former superintendent Frank Tassone. The year-old case has already had repercussions in districts throughout New York State, where school officials and bookkeepers say they are paying closer attention to budgets and accounts, and state auditors have stepped up their scrutiny. Tassone have apologized to the community for abdication of their fiduciary and moral responsibilities. Newsday reported that Tassone, Gluckin and Rigano amassed 74 school district credit cards that were shared with family and friends. Stanley Stern, the school board president, said Roslyn had hired a Uniondale law firm solely to go after the district's missing millions.
However, fraud, waste, and abuse are not limited to large urban school districts, as the following recent examples demonstrate. The school board failed its oversight duty to impose policies and procedures, it said. Each child will be pushed to his or her personal best, not an average standard. South Bay County School District Facts Oliver Wendell Holmes High School took part in a community wide health fair. And, New York State law being what it is, he'll continue to get that public pension for the rest of his life. Gluckin's niece, a former district clerk, Debra Rigano. This all stems from a recent state report card with less than stellar… 2148 Words 9 Pages by probable cause.
Parents willing and able to foot the bill regularly have kids scoring higher than those unable to afford the expense. School districts around the state helped retiring teachers meet the one-day requirement by hiring them to work janitorial or maintenance jobs on their last day of work. Pension guarantee These felons benefit from a New York State constitutional guarantee that says if a public employee is entitled to a state pension for his or her years of service those retirement benefits cannot be diminished or taken away, even after a felony conviction. Some of the money has evaporated, gambled away in Las Vegas or spent on Caribbean vacations, expensive dinners and flights on the Concorde. Other provisions of state law recognize that school districts are corporations.
The seven-position Roslyn school board, which has four new members and a new president since district voters rebelled last year, has promised to follow all 27 of the state's recommendations. Maybe you live in the town and maybe you don't, but you sure want to live like you live in the town. For example, the audit said, Ms. Celano, has lectured to several senior social studies classes about voting and what would be cut if the budget fails. Herszenhorn, in New York City, contributed reporting for this article March 3, 2005 Formula for Fleecing a School District? One participant, Rich Fischer, superintendent of the Mountain View-Los Altos High School District in Mountain View, Calif. Neither firm recommended checking the insurance policy to determine if a claim must be made.
In fact, the audit found, the claims were barely reviewed by that auditor. They did not contact their membership to see if there was a majority of parent members who wanted the budget to pass. The audit of the district was released yesterday by State Comptroller Alan G. From what part of the budget are these expenses coming? In fact, all three periods were examined in some cases see e. However, we will never lower our standards for the sake of equality. Unlike several other states, New York has no statute providing for the forfeiture of pension benefits if someone is convicted of a crime.
After Gluckin left her post, information about additional missing funds surfaced and eventually a criminal investigation was undertaken by the Nassau County District Attorney's Office. The New York State constitution guarantees that promised public employee retirement benefits cannot be diminished or taken away. To pay those bills, district checks were sent directly to the card issuers. Opinion: Board members discuss registering to vote annually, but this year the assistant superintendent, Mr. Although Oliver concedes that individuals cannot be forced to embrace a particular value system, he says they can be made aware of ethics concepts and learn how to make decisions aligned with those concepts. His cell-phone records show that he spent much of March and April jetting to Las Vegas, Puerto Rico, then California, Florida, and Las Vegas twice again. From that point forward, Costigan decided never to meet with Tassone alone.
They haven't been adequately prepared. One of the newest, the commercialization of public education, is particularly troubling, says Clarence G. Combine this prep with inflated grades and I could get a ham sandwich into Princeton. The board allowed her to repay the money and quietly leave, without any report to the public, criminal sanctions or any further investigation. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin determined schools that increased their accountability ratings by the Texas Education Agency between 1998 and 1999 tended to exempt more special education students from state standardized tests than schools with no rating changes or a decline in ratings. These people weren't thieves, they were morons with credit cards. Parents willing and able to foot the bill regularly have kids scoring higher than those unable to afford the expense.
Hevesi said at the news conference in the Garden City office of District Attorney Denis Dillon. Peter Mancuso, the assistant district attorney in charge of the case, said the investigation was continuing and that charges against additional defendants, whether school employees or contractors, were still possible. Perhaps nothing as appalling as the U. Gluckin embezzled money in a scheme in which Dr. Once the cash advances and the credit card charges - among them, for Tiffany and Tourneau jewelry, Coach leather accessories, carpet and furniture for him; and clothes from Nordstrom and Sears, electronic equipment, pet supplies and art and furniture for her - were executed, those amounts were submitted to the district, the audit said. Hession and the board's attorneys advised that reporting was not mandatory either to the authorities or to the community whose money had been stolen and who was paying for these consultations.