Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Foundation gets hammered, may crumble

There is some suspicion that the NHMCCD Foundation has in the past engaged in quite a bit of questionable activity. Paying for things like travel and meals for the current chancellor and other things of questionable nature instead of spending the money on scholarships as it is supposed to. In fact, it would appear that the chancellor and the board have used the foundation as a private slush fund to pay for a number of things that the board would be unable to spend college district money on. Fred Blanton filed a TXPIA request for the financial records of the Foundation. The foundation balked and argued to the Texas AG's office that since they are a private organization they are not subject to TXPIA requests. Fred argued that since the Foundation gets significant money and in kind support from both the NHMCCD district as well as Aldine ISD, and not as a straight arms-length vendor with a clearly defined responsibility and obligation like any other vendor, therefore that exemption was null and void. The AG's office agreed.

Now the ball is in the Foundation's court.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The big questions loom:

1. Will we find that a lot of funds that were spent on something other than helping needy students with tuition?

2. Will the Foundation spend more on legal sinkhole to try to delay being forthright and showing the books?

3. What lies in the dark bowels of the Foundations past that they don't want seen?

4. Isn't the Foundation a 501 C(3) anyway and required to open their books?

5. After reading the AGs order, it seems straight forward... show the numbers and where sis all of that hard earned donation money go?

6. Was anything ever spent friviously, on travel, clubs, dinners, meals, association promotions of individuals?

May 23, 2007 2:41 PM  
Blogger Ride said...

And our quest for honesty continues. How about the "continuing" negotiations memo from the district headquarters?


This is better than any made for TV drama - or reality TV shows.

What a laugh!

May 23, 2007 7:52 PM  
Blogger Thunder said...

Looks like it is not a ball in their court, but more of a boat anchor!

May 24, 2007 11:21 PM  

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