Mr. Roger Thomas Esq. (former Chief legal counsel) and Mr. Matthew E. Stanski (chief financial officer) have been fired. (Read the full story here) and (see NBC Channel 4 video here). Ms. Synthia J. Shilling also known as Synthia Kucner (Pictured below) is the cause of all these problems. Who is next? In our view, the chickens have come home to roost at Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS). It’s about time and we can only hope that this level of accountability and transparency will continue. It’s our view in the Reform Sasscer movement for Prince Georges County that anyone associated with Synthia Schilling aka Kucner or involved in criminal activity, should be released as well. Reporters and others need to dig deep into the corrupt activities and investigate claims including involvement of Ms. Monica Goldson and her co-conspirators. We promise, you will find quite a few corrupt acts that both they and partner Synthia Kuncer have been involved with!!
The recent episode is DEFINITELY a case of “where there is smoke, there is fire.” Was the payment to Ms. Synthia Shilling “hush” money or for “special services” to pay off an attorney? To better understand the questionable timing of these shenanigans, it is important to note this payment was made in August 2012. Who was the Superintendent at the time? Was it not Dr. William Hite Jr.? What was his role in all this? Will he be made to answer to these charges? Will the Philadelphia School District be made aware of his engaging in this criminal activity and poaching staff from PGCPS School District to work in Philly? This story is both outrageous and sad. There is another part of this story that seems ripe for comment and follow up—but so far there is only silence. Once again, Has the Washington Post staff, who have investigated this den of thieves considered what role if any Dr. William Hite Jr has had with respect to the corruption at the highest levels of the PG county public school system? Philadelphia may well ask itself what role, if any, Dr. William Hite Jr had in selecting and condoning the conduct of the senior staff of the administrative body in charge of the PG School system. This seems an obvious missing element of the WAPO story.
While we are looking into all the corruption going on in PGCPS, We want the Washington Post to investigate the top priorities we outlined in the past. Ms. Shilling Kucner was never a good hire, and those around her knew what was going on but did nothing to stop it. Now WE know that her colleagues actually tried to continue helping her, even after she had been forced to resign. Although WE are happy that they are all gone from the school system, WE have to wonder how WE keep managing to hire these kinds of people. Surely WE knew Shilling’s record of failure, because she was forced out in Anne Arundel County Public Schools before we hired her in Prince George’s County.
Finally, On November 6th, WE have the ability to win big and change the order of doing Business in Prince George’s County – Maryland. Our polls show that WE have the momentum because the issues that WE have been talking about are finally coming to light. If we, as voters and constituents, are not holding these people accountable, who will? WE must continue to push for the reform agenda which includes innovation, change and transformation in the whole PG County District. In order to overcome, WE must go door to door (canvas) and spread the word that change is needed in PGCPS. Volunteers are needed to walk the neighborhoods to register, organize, motivate and otherwise cajole voters who will decide election in November 6 2012. (See our Top priorities here). Two weeks to the elections, stay tuned here to see our endorsements.
We have always believed that PG County School System would be held behind and stay at the bottom of the ladder in the whole of Maryland due to its poor accounting practices and other issues of concern! This is such a disgrace! There is no reason for continuous low expectations being exhibited on this level! The teachers and students of this county are the ones who suffer the most in these kinds of conditions. Our taxes must not be appropriated to be their private slush funds, as it seems to have been for the last several years. This Madness has got to stop now. It’s time!
“Let us be the generation that makes future generations proud of what we did here” ~ President Barack Obama ~
Reform Sasscer Movement for Prince George’s County.
Both men are pictured above with Mr. Roger Thomas in the center.
As President Barack Obama states “Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”