Tuesday, March 1, 2011





BLOW BY BLOW - SOMEONE WILL BE ON THE LOSING SIDE

The blow by blow will start at 5:30 - I suspect nothing of importance will happen until after 6. The live coverage will be above.  For those who used the live feed I am sorry it was not better - I suspect it was hit and miss from reach home.  I am in a hotel in San Antonio until Sunday recovering from a really painful back surgery for a tear in the dura to at L4.  I need to be flat on my back for several days.  The internet in the hotel was pretty slow so my feed was really hit and miss.

E-RATE ISSUE

An e-rate year is 3 years.  The application process is 2 years.  If E-rate is approved BISD only pays 10%.  This may take a while for the presentation.  I am watching on the internet and the feed is iffy - so what was the final on the e-rate.  What I got is PG was trying to make an issue over vendors not timely submitting their invoices to the FCC - BISD has no control over this.

These idiots think that without any evidence and after it was clearly stated to them that the vendor submits the bill, they are going to be allowed to post that Springston failed to submit $96 million in bills

I had to wait to get information from several people who were there because my internet feed is real bad.  this is what I was told - BISD has lost no money - the subject years are still under review.  This was just another examply of the pathological liar Presas-Garcia deceiving the people of Brownsville.

It is like when they were replaining the reserve fund to her and she simply chose to ignore what was being said.  The money in the reserve fund was there on hold for designated projects.  She hates reality.  I think the people of Brownsvill saw the truth tonight.  I think they were stopped in the Healthsmart lawsuit issue.

SPRINGSTON SURVIVES - ESCOBEDO CUTS DEAL

Escobedo according to sources cut a deal before the meeting to keep both Springston and Presas-Garcia.  He made a fool of himself when he said had Pena said the right reasons which he believes exist he would have voted for removal.  This is total BS - but like I said - Escobedo is about deals.

PRESAS-GARCIA SURVIVES, BUT ONLY UNTIL THE NEXT MEETING

My sources are telling me that Saavedra's brother read her the riot act on how she has become a total embarassment to their family.  Saavedra and Escobedo are holdiing until the next meeting.  It is my understanding they are both aware that just about enought money has been raised to sue Presas-Garcia for removal.  My understanding is they will vote for removal after Presas-Garcia is served with the lawsuit.

These are two different sources.  I believe Saavedra will go down with the ship.  I do not believe for one second she will ever vote to remove Presas-Garcia - when she ignores  the pleas of her own brother you know she is a lost cause.  Tonight twice she voted to not pay vendors who already performed services for the district.  This is how you get the district sued.  These three are complete idiots.  You cannot refuse to pay a vendor who already performed services for the district.

MICHEL PLAYED THE WRONG SIDE ON BLOCKING PRESAS-GARCIA FROM HAVING ACCESS TO HEALTHSMART INFORMATION

This really happened in Dallas.  It cost the taxpayers millions.  Your can read the story yourself about how City Council person Chris Luba screwed the city council.

 http://www.dallasobserver.com/1996-04-18/news/luna-landing/

It is not disputed she gave Joe Rod's file to a convicted felon.  She cannot be trusted.  It is my understanding this will be addressed in the removal lawsuit.  It is not a conflict of interest issue.  The trustees have a legal duty to protect the district from a trustee conspiring against the district.  Michel knows this is the law.  He intentionally mislead the board on the issue.  I know for sure three trustees are ready to send his ass back to Houston.  He protected Presas-Garcia to protect his own cash cow.

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

without it,there would be no network infrastructure ..

Anonymous said...

Is she stalling?

Anonymous said...

Does she get the idea that if there is a financial crisis now, wait until we have to pay 100% instead of 10%...
What a buffoon!

Anonymous said...

CLOSED SESSION WHY???? OH_NO!

Anonymous said...

Great job, Bobby! Thanks so much for letting us "see for ourselves" the manipulation and injustice that is going on in our district!!! I don't know how you are tapping in to this, but THANK YOU again!!!
b0b

BobbyWC said...

Firsat I am not on Facebook - any accunt ynder my name is fake.

Mary Rey msut have been abused or something that she can look in the camera and lie - what evidene of waste have they proven - nothing - absolutely nothing

can someone tell me what the final result was on the e-rate

Anonymous said...

Mr. Fisher did an excellent job. Super asked him how long he been doing it and how previous audits had gone. Mr. Fisher responded something to the effect since 1998? and audits made him nervous but he did well.

Does that help?

Anonymous said...

Blame it on the vendors. Why is it for the 6 years prior there was several disbursments within each school year? And if the district historical got reimbursed anywhere from 40 to 70 million annually why didn't somebody notice the funds failed to be reported in the annual revenue reports. Vendors screw it up the first year Supt screw it up the second year.

Anonymous said...

E-Rate is Pat Lehmann project since 2006.

Anonymous said...

fyi Bobby...the dean postition they are in executive session for is for Cummings MS. If not approved, here is the perfect proof of Cata's retaliation against the Principal from there who she dislikes. All of the Cummings teachers who met with her secretly in December are sitting front and center with signs. Are we putting two and two together now?

Anonymous said...

I hate executive session. I understand the need to protext privacy...but if you don't have anything to hide? Or are not "playing favorites" then why?

Anonymous said...

Darn. I walked away and I missed. What happened to Springston?

Anonymous said...

what happened? Missed part of the meeting

BobbyWC said...

my source who was there said no action taken

Anonymous said...

Springston lives another day in BISD! So does the board president...for now was the other board members insinuation "if it continues" said Dr. Christy they may have to revisit this discussion. They appear civil. Why does Longoria keep reading from notes??

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your efforts in streaming live. For me it helped. Keep up the good work.
And keep the FACTS coming ... good or bad ...

Anonymous said...

I saw the part where Colunga and aguilar wanted presas removed from the Healthsmart case. The other trustees did not want her removed it seems.

Anonymous said...

deals...deals...and more deals..things will never change Bobby @BISD. its disappointing but that's the way it is.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for keeping us informed. It does seem like something happened before the meeting with the exception of Aguilar and Colunga.

Anonymous said...

Cata was never able to pin any discrepency on Mr. Fisher. Mr. Fisher had an answer to each of her fishing questions. "I called, I talked, I found out, I did this and I did that!" Why does she feel that she has to call 645 people to find out what she says is not right? Mr. Fisher explained the E-rate so well and he did so because he had the right facts and had nothing to hide. Way to go, Mr. Fisher! YOu certainly deserve a pay raise if anyone in BISD deos!
Did you notice the smirk that Cata had on her face when she escaped getting booted out? I do hope she got the message that she is not wanted and that she is not liked by those she fooled into voting for her. I for one, will change my vote, if she has the audacity to run again next time. I am very angered and disappointed at the change of mind from Dr. Saavedra. She speaks with one tongue and votes with another, but she has not made it evident for the public to see where she is really coming from and what for. I applaud Minerva for being strong enough to go through with her agenda item. Escobedo, if you could not vote to oust Cata out because of the reason Minerva gave, but you would have for other reasons he knew, then he is certainly covering up something that he does know but didn't have the guts to bring it up. Oh, and did you notice that Escobedo was rude to Mr. Fisher with a major concern of ending his report because they had a long agenda and at the end, he also rudely interupted the members who had the floor to voice their reasons for voting a certain way. He is always so busy worring about moving on. What is your hurry, EE?
I have certainly lost all confidence in you too!!!! Mr. Hagan really told it like it is in public audience, and oh, did you notice how Cata tried to stop Mr. Hammes before his time was over at public forum?

Anonymous said...

Not a good night for your team Bobby Caty is still President, Colunga motions fails, Minerva abstains and Brett gets a little breathing room.

Anonymous said...

Mrs. Graves hit the nail on the head about ethics, she was great. Mr. hagan and Mr. Borrego were correct about not firing the super.

Anonymous said...

Bobby you are 100% correct Presas can't be trusted!!!

Anonymous said...

Mrs. Rey was the only person that spoke in Presas defense. I do not remember her making any sense.

Anonymous said...

Either I heard wrong, I am really dumb, or poster 7:40 is a "moron." I clearly heard Fisher say that there are no disbursements of funds to BISD. We pay 10% of the total bill and the vendors are responsible to collet the rest. Whether they are late submitting the invoices for collection, that is between them and the money source and not any of BISD's business. So I guess Cata wants us to believe that her investigation was more thorough thank the FCC auditors and Mr. Fishers cancelation of certain items that were no longer needed because of the time (years) that goes by, is the missing computer equipment that Springston has stollen! Wow Cata, this is a really solid case, you moron!!!!

Anonymous said...

The E-Rate Program - or, more precisely, the Schools and Libraries Universal Service Support Mechanism - provides discounts to assist most schools and libraries in the United States to obtain affordable telecommunications and Internet access. Four service categories are funded: Telecommunications Services, Internet Access, Internal Connections Other Than Basic Maintenance, and Basic Maintenance of Internal Connections. Discounts range from 20% to 90% of the costs of eligible services, depending on the level of poverty and the urban/rural status of the population served. Eligible schools, school districts and libraries may apply individually or as part of a consortium.
The E-Rate Program supports connectivity - the conduit or pipeline for communications using telecommunications services and/or the Internet. The school or library is responsible for providing additional resources such as the end-user equipment (computers, telephones, and the like), software, professional development, and the other elements that are necessary to realize the objectives of that connectivity.
The E-Rate Program is one of four support mechanisms funded through a Universal Service fee charged to companies that provide interstate and/or international telecommunications services. The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) administers the Universal Service Fund at the direction of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC); USAC’s Schools and Libraries Division (SLD) administers the E-Rate Program.
This document summarizes the process schools and libraries follow to apply for and receive E-Rate Program discounts. Each of the steps in this process - preparing a technology plan, opening the competitive process (Form 470), seeking discounts on eligible services (Form 471), confirming the receipt of services (Form 486), and invoicing for services (Forms 472 and 474) - is covered in more detail below. However, this document is not intended to be a substitute for form instructions or the guidance materials posted on the SLD section of the USAC website.

Anonymous said...

The first step for many schools, school districts, and libraries that intend to apply for E-Rate Program discounts is to prepare a technology plan. This plan sets out how technology will be used to achieve specific curriculum reforms or library service improvements. It guides planning and investment - both for E-Rate funds and for the other resources needed to take advantage of technology.

Before discounted services begin, a SLD-certified technology plan approver must approve their technology plans. Applicants can locate SLD-certified approvers by
using a search tool available on the website. However, applicants who seek discounts only for Telecommunications Services and/or Internet Access need not prepare technology plans.

Anonymous said...

After the technology plan has been developed and the applicant has identified the products and services needed to implement the plan, the applicant submits to the SLD a Form 470, Description of Services Requested and Certification Form, either online or on paper. The SLD posts completed forms on the website to notify service providers that the applicant is seeking the products and services identified.
Applicants must wait at least 28 days after the Form 470 is posted to the website and, if applicable, at least 28 days after a Request for Proposal (RFP) is publicly available and consider all bids received before selecting the service provider to provide the services desired. In addition, applicants must comply with all applicable state and local procurement rules and regulations and competitive bidding requirements. A complete description of the requirements associated with the Form 470 can be found in the Form 470 Instructions.

Note that once an applicant has signed a multi-year contract in a prior funding year pursuant to a posted Form 470, it need not submit a new Form 470 to be eligible to apply for discounts on the services provided under that multi-year contract for future funding years.
After the SLD has successfully posted a Form 470 to the website, the SLD sends the applicant a Form 470 Receipt Notification Letter that provides important information, including the “Allowable Vendor Selection/Contract Date,” the earliest date the applicant can select a service provider, execute a contract, and submit a complete Form 471.

Unknown said...

Having selected the service provider, the applicant is ready to complete the Form 471, Services Ordered and Certification Form - the actual request for funding. Because the amount of funding available each year is capped at $2.25 billion (indexed for inflation) and demand in most years has significantly exceeded funds available, FCC rules prescribe a filing window during which all Forms 471 that are filed are treated as if simultaneously received. (Applications that are not filed
within that timeframe likely will not receive funding.) Once the filing window opens, the applicant can submit the Form 471 either online or on paper.
The Form 471 is used to calculate the discount percentage to which the applicant is entitled. In general, the E-Rate Program discount is based on the percent of the local school district population eligible for the National School Lunch Program. The Form 471 also lists the individual funding requests, which must be separated by service category and service provider.
• ALL window filing requirements – as stated in the Form 471 Instructions – MUST be met in order for an application to be considered with all others received in that timeframe.
• Schools and libraries are required to pay the non-discount portion of the services for which they receive discounts.
• Funding requests should be limited to the cost of eligible services to be delivered to eligible entities for eligible purposes. If 30% or more of the services in a request are ineligible, the entire request will be denied.
• There are a number of important certifications on the Form 471. Applicants should be sure they can truthfully and correctly make these certifications. The SLD checks the accuracy of the certifications made by applicants and denies funding if one or more of the certifications are found to be untrue. False statements on the Form 471 (and other FCC forms) can result in civil and/or criminal liability.
• The Form 471 cannot be processed without the required attachment(s), which must contain detailed information about the products and services ordered so that the SLD can verify eligibility.
• The Form 471 Receipt Acknowledgment Letter provides important information to the applicant and the service provider, including a summary of the data from the Form 471.
Decision Letters (FCDLs) to both the applicant and the service provider, setting out its decisions for each funding request. If an applicant believes any of its funding requests have been incorrectly reduced or denied, the applicant can appeal the decision(s), either to the SLD or to the FCC. Appeals must be RECEIVED OR POSTMARKED no later than 60 days after the date of the SLD decision letter.

Anonymous said...

Decision Letters (FCDLs) to both the applicant and the service provider, setting out its decisions for each funding request. If an applicant believes any of its funding requests have been incorrectly reduced or denied, the applicant can appeal the decision(s), either to the SLD or to the FCC. Appeals must be RECEIVED OR POSTMARKED no later than 60 days after the date of the SLD decision letter.

In order to help the SLD ensure that it pays service providers only for services that have actually been delivered, the applicant submits the Form 486, Receipt of Service Confirmation Form, listing each separate funded request for which the delivery of services has begun. However, applicants who have confirmed that delivery of services will begin in July of the Funding Year may be able to file the Form 486 early (on or before July 31 of the Funding Year). The Form 486 also tells the SLD that the applicant’s technology plan – if required – has been approved, and informs the SLD of the applicant’s status of compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). Funding may be reduced if the Form 486 is received or postmarked after the deadline listed later in this document.