“b. Breaches of confidentiality
Sometimes ethical blind spots are revealed not by actions taken but by actions not taken. For example, recent news reports detailed how a website run by a former Board member published confidential background information about a sitting Board member. The information concerned a confidential document that contained a notation that suggested it came from the District’s Special Investigation Unit. Though the breach apparently occured back during the 2006 election cycle, it only came to light in October 2010.
Given the Board’s penchant for micromanaging in other areas we are shocked to see that the Board has taken no action to direct or ask the District to determine who was responsible for the breach; how or why such a breached occured; what policies, if any, were violated; what policies need to be created or strengthened to prevent such a disclosure in the future, and perhaps most importantly–given the regular practice of Board members bypassing chain of command to speak directly to District personnel–whether the breach was the result of Board member action.
This failure to act is either another example of nonfeasance or a failure of the Board to even recognize a serious breach of ethics, if not outright criminal conduct, possibly by one of their own. It may ultimately turn out that there is no misconduct by anyone on the Board or at the District, but the failure to even inquire and demand answers is inexcusable.”
Silencing Critics by Threats
“Around the same time we became aware of another published report concerning an attack on a person using the Facebook identity of Broward Cleansweep. This person has been highly critical of the Board and its operations and has called for the ouster of virtually all incumbent Board members. An anonymous poster, believing Broward Cleansweep to be a District employee (and married to another District employee) threatened to use his connections at the District or Board to have both of them fired and or prosecuted if he did not immediately take down the Facebook page and stop his attacks on the Board. Ultimately the poster concluded Broward Cleansweep was not who he believed and abandoned his attacks. This extortionate attempt to silence political criticism is poison in any democratic society. The attack would be reprehensible coming from any quarter. For it to come from a Broward political consultant who has worked for numerous local political candidates, including school board members, is even more disturbing. Worst of all, the poster who attempted to silence Broward Cleansweep has previously served, and presently does serve on District advisory council(s). Based on the testimony we heard, at least one Board member is aware of what took place, yet so far as we know, no action has been taken to ask this person to voluntarily resign, disclose his actions to the rest of the Board, or otherwise disassociate from him. So far as we know, no one at the Board has even asked a single question about this incident, nor expressed any desire to determine who might be attacking a District employee for exercising his rights.”
pages 40 and 41
The grand jury says school board too corrupt…should be abolished!!!! Holy crap!!!!!!!
The final reports filed with the Supervisor of Elections Office show that School Board member Jennifer Gottlieb made a donation to Beachside Montessori Village PTA. On December 10, 2010 Gottlieb gave the PTA five dollars. You heard me right—$5.00
On August 23, 2010 she gave Terry Scott $350 bucks for consulting. Just missed that August 20 report. Darn the luck. You gotta love Deerfield Beach.
On November 3, 2010 she gave Barbara Miller a big fat
kiss check for $5,713.34 for “consulting/GOTV”. At least she didn’t use that “win on the ground” smokescreen.
Long-time readers will recognize the name Michael Marchetti. Back in August 2010, “Broward Conscience”, in an attempt to stop Broward Cleansweep, accused Marchetti of being “Broomie”. Marchetti and his wife work for the School Board of Broward County. “Broward Conscience” knew all about the Marchettis employment history. The Marchettis were threatened with the loss of their jobs and even arrest.
The email exchange between Cleansweep and “Broward Conscience” was printed in the Daily Pulp:
“Broward Conscience, 2:28pm: Delete your account immediately.
Broward CleanSweep, 2:29pm: That’s it? and what do I get in return?
Broward Conscience, 2:30pm: Delete your account immediately.
Broward CleanSweep, 2:37pm: i need assurances. i dont even know who you are.
Broward Conscience, 2:43pm: It does not matter who I am. EVERYONE who controls yours and Valerie’s employment status will know who YOU are and we have documented every post and time of post for the last month.
SIU [the Broward School Board investigations unit] can and will document your time at work and reconcile with these posts.
You have 10 minutes to delete your account.
Broward CleanSweep, 2:44pm: You could be any punk making a guess.
Broward Conscience, 2:52pm: Maybe I am and maybe I’m not. Valerie is a confidential secretary to Tom Coates (may he rest in peace) sworn to confidentiality by her employment contract. If it is proven that she fed you confidential information, which we have evidence that she has, you could both be subject to criminal prosecution.
Want to take a chance that I’m just some punk?
Or should I call (754) 321-4800 and ask Dave Hammenn [sic — this is apparently a reference to David Hermann, a School Board project manager who once worked under Marchetti]. what you are doing right now?
No more chit chat. DELETE the account and STAY OFF Facebook. We’ll KNOW if you create another account. Find some other way to practice your activism other than unfairly berating everybody.
Broward CleanSweep, 2:54pm: This isn’t chit chat. I still need assurances. You will drop entire matter if I delete account? How do you know Coates?
Broward Conscience, 2:58pm: Sorry Mr. Marchetti. I would use my computer to update yours and Valerie’s resumes. Then do a search on bondsmen. I have a feeling you are both going to need them.
Broward CleanSweep, 3:00pm: Let’s be reasonable. If don’t know who I’m dealing with I won’t go away. Why don’t you just tell me who you want me to ignore, and we will never need to interact again.
Broward Conscience, 3:02pm: Sorry. You had your chance. Goodbye Mr. Marchetti. Our regrets to Valerie.”
Check out Bob Norman’s story for Marchetti’s reaction at that time.
This Sunday, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that Marchetti filed a whistleblower lawsuit against a who’s who of groups involved in the School Board construction mess. They include:
Padula and Wadsworth
The Weitz Company
Moss and Associates
and 25 John Does
“The lawsuit revolves around a 2006 plan to replace 15 elementary school cafeterias and upgrade air conditioning systems, bus loops, playgrounds and other items.
The original budget was estimated at $65 million but ultimately grew to more than $130 million.
Marchetti alleges the district and the companies negotiated fees that were ‘disproportionately high or not at all permissible,’ causing the state and county to spend sums ‘grossly in excess’ of the usual cost of construction, according to the complaint.”
Now who would accuse and threaten this guy? Hmmmmmm