Former school district employee and frequent School Board meeting attendee Jim Nims has a question. He's asked it of me a few times, at a few separate meetings now so I thought I'd go ahead and do him the courtesy of responding.
Knowing I'm a conservative that supports school choice, Nims apparently finds it amusing to take jabs at me and make snide, crass remarks about me. recently he has repeated a question over and over, asking:
"If the District 1 Board member has sent a letter to Newpoint asking for the taxpayer's money back."
Jim---The answer to that question is No. I did better than that.
You see, there is more to the story than just answering your question with a "NO", Jim.
Let me explain it for you, let me break it down for you Jim so that you might understand the issue.
You see, I support charter schools so when the allegations surrounding Newpoint, a school I strongly supported before all the misconduct was alleged, arose in March---I took the issue seriously.
Unlike others who knew of the same allegations and stood by and did NOTHING, I went to red alert,
asked some questions of people who were in the know, heard from several whistle-blowers, and then
immediately decided to take the whole mess to the State Attorney's Office within DAYS of first learning of the misconduct that had occurred for going on a year, (I know that's a lot of information in one sentence, Jim, but that's what I did.)
(This alleged misconduct was never relayed to the School Board and I felt there was more than enough to go on to justify taking this to the SAO--so that's what I did Jim.)
Jim, here is what you need to know:
1. I support charter schools but I also am a law and order guy and I won't stand by and allow unsatisfactory situations to linger to avoid messy headlines/investigations. I'll do what is right instantaneously and if allegations of misconduct appear legitimate, there will be no hesitation--I'll immediately act to protect student safety and taxpayer money. That is what I did.
2. Although some in the district were furious with my decision to go the the SAO with the Newpoint issue in March, going even so far as saying "You are wrong about these allegations, and you will be proven so with emphasis" I still went. The SAO took the issue up and began investigating immediately, leading to a month's long investigation that has already led to several careers at Newpoint ending, four schools being closed, and one person being arrested (so far) as the investigation continues.
No, Jim, I didn't ask for a check. I didn't ask for permission. I didn't ask for approval. I didn't ask for anything from anyone---all I did was give the issue to multiple law enforcement agencies for them to look at.
Jim--If the allegations are all true, when this whole mess ends these law enforcement agencies won't be "asking" for refund checks either.
I'd suspect they'll seize whatever is owed and throw some people in jail along the way.
That's the way this works Jim, this is the answer to your question about what Jeff Bergosh did.