Kulbertis disciplined by boards


This letter is in response to the headline in the Daily Press, February 14, 2018, Kulbertis disciplined by boards.

I find it interesting that Gladstone Board of Trustee, Steve O’Driscoll, said the Gladstone and Rapid River Boards put a great deal of effort into finalizing the disciplinary actions. “It’s something that we’ve spent a lot of time looking into…and we came to a carefully-calculated resolution.”

“We’ve spent a lot of time looking into… Too bad the boards didn’t do their jobs in the first place. A letter of reprimand placed in Kulbertis’ file and they will develop a corrective action plan.

Corrective action plan? Don’t you think it’s a little late?

We all know what happened with the Early/Middle College Program… $289,000 loss of dollars to Gladstone’s fund balance. Students and parents of the program lost the most!

And now more.

President Linda Howlett, stated in the Daily Press, Feb. 14, 2018, that Kulbertis had “failed to provide appropriate oversight and supervision over other innovative programs, resulting in a significant loss of state funding to the district.” Ms. Howlett, can you give us taxpayers the exact dollar amount the district lost regarding these other innovative programs? The public understands dollars and cents. Especially when it comes to school districts asking for additional mileages.

These other innovative programs (UPVA and Partnerships with Homeschoolers.) You mean he not only cooked the books regarding the Early/Middle College Program he “cooked the books,” regarding the UP Virtual Academy and Partnerships with Homeschoolers?

Oh, and this brings me back to board trustee, Steve O’Driscoll. And what he stated in the Daily Press, Feb. 14, 2018, that he was satisfied with how open the boards have been on the matter. “I’m relieved that we have taken a forthright path.” It’s too bad the boards didn’t take the take the forthright path do their jobs to begin with… and let’s not forget that trustee, Steve O’Driscoll, was elected (the end of 2016) and served as a trustee to Bay College Board in 2017. My question to Mr. O’ Driscoll. When did you know about the issues regarding Early/Middle College Program, UPVA, Partnerships with Homeschoolers, and Jay Kulbertis not doing his job (cooking the books)? And you want us taxpayers to believe that the Gladstone board was in the dark?

Coverups don’t just happen in DC. It’s happening in our own backyards.

Parents, you know what happens if your child gets caught cheating… they usually get more than a slap on the wrist or a reprimand in their file. They most likely get an F and will not qualify to get into the National Honor Society or maybe not qualify for a scholarship… but Jay Kulbertis gets to keep is job.

If Jay Kulbertis really cared about our children’s education, he would resign.

Ann Fix