SabrinaWorks247

SabrinaWorks247 1 year, 8 months ago on Supporters of ailing Snellville woman show up at BOE

If Mary Kay Murphy was creative enough to figure out how to revise the policy for Superintendent Wilbanks, maybe she can be just as creative in revising the policy to help this teacher and his wife.

A 2010 article in the AJC detailed the unusual sick leave policy that Gwinnett’s school board created for Superintendent Wilbanks because he is hard-working: “That includes payments twice a year for unused leave time, a perk that's unusual among superintendents in metro Atlanta and unavailable to most teachers, at least until they retire. In July, Wilbanks was paid for being healthy. He received $176.15 an hour for about a dozen unused sick days, adding up to $18,143. This month, he is eligible for another $28,360 payout for 20 unused vacation days. In addition, he received a retirement supplement of $42,000, a reimbursement for his contribution to his own retirement plan of $17,077 and a monthly expense allowance of $2,700 to cover transportation and business costs. And when his two-year contract was re-negotiated in 2009, the board agreed to allow Wilbanks to spend 10 days each year telecommuting. "I've never seen a more hard-working individual in charge of 22,500 employees," said Mary Kay Murphy, school board chair. "It is something that he requested and it seemed reasonable."

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SabrinaWorks247 1 year, 8 months ago on Teacher at odds with sick leave policy

A 2010 article in the AJC detailed the unusual sick leave policy that Gwinnett’s school board created for Superintendent Wilbanks because he is hard-working: “That includes payments twice a year for unused leave time, a perk that's unusual among superintendents in metro Atlanta and unavailable to most teachers, at least until they retire. In July, Wilbanks was paid for being healthy. He received $176.15 an hour for about a dozen unused sick days, adding up to $18,143. This month, he is eligible for another $28,360 payout for 20 unused vacation days. In addition, he received a retirement supplement of $42,000, a reimbursement for his contribution to his own retirement plan of $17,077 and a monthly expense allowance of $2,700 to cover transportation and business costs. And when his two-year contract was re-negotiated in 2009, the board agreed to allow Wilbanks to spend 10 days each year telecommuting. "I've never seen a more hard-working individual in charge of 22,500 employees," said Mary Kay Murphy, school board chair. "It is something that he requested and it seemed reasonable."

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SabrinaWorks247 1 year, 8 months ago on Chamber kicks off annual membership drive

Hi Mack: Volunteers are asked to generate $11,500 to win a trip. Gwinnett County Public Schools has given about $900,000 to the chamber. What do teachers and school children get in return for the school board and Wilbanks giving education dollars to the chamber?

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SabrinaWorks247 1 year, 8 months ago on LETTERS: T-SPLOST campaign shows Gwinnett leaders out of touch

jackster: If Mary Kay Murphy is right, and everything I have said, and all of the documents I have received from open records requests are, "untrue", I would be happy to retract all of my statements, take down the GwinnettPetition website, and apologize. Because I have sent her emails asking about this issue that she has not answered, she has my email address.

Dr. Murphy: I look forward to receiving an email from you about my "untrue" statements so that you can point out my mistakes and I can apologize.

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SabrinaWorks247 1 year, 8 months ago on LETTERS: T-SPLOST campaign shows Gwinnett leaders out of touch

jackster: You can go to the GwinnettPetition website and see a copy of the invoice from the Gwinnett Chamber for their employees' salaries that are paid by Gwinnett County Public Schools. I obtained it from an open records request and GCPS was required by law to provide it to me. I am surprised that Mary Kay Murphy claimed that there have been no payments to the Gwinnett Chamber. GCPS released a statement saying that Superintendent Wilbanks discussed this with the school board and they approved it, but additional open records requests show that there are no minutes of any meeting in which this was discussed. I have sent emails to all school board members on this issue. I would love for Mary Kay Murphy to officially go on record saying that these payments have not been made, so that we might finally be able to get real answers to our questions about these payments. You are welcome to contact me at my email address which is my user name on this posting at a hotmail.com address. I am happy to provide the results of open records requests to anyone who asks.

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SabrinaWorks247 1 year, 8 months ago on LETTERS: T-SPLOST campaign shows Gwinnett leaders out of touch

I asked Gwinnett County Public Schools how they determined that they received $6 million in return for paying the salaries of Gwinnett Chamber employees, as they had said in a press statement. I received an email response this afternoon that said, in part:

"Other than what was provided in the district's statement I do not have any additional information on this topic."

A lot of people wanted to know if they could pay salaries at the Gwinnett Chamber and get $6 million in return. Donald Trump doesn't even get that kind of return on investment.

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SabrinaWorks247 1 year, 8 months ago on LETTERS: T-SPLOST campaign shows Gwinnett leaders out of touch

Call your school board members and your county commissioners. You can do a google search for Gwinnett County Public Schools and the board members are listed on the website. You can also search for Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners and find the bio and contact information on the county website for all 4 commissioners. .

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SabrinaWorks247 1 year, 8 months ago on LETTERS: T-SPLOST campaign shows Gwinnett leaders out of touch

Hi Bev: It doesn't seem to matter if taxpayers are fed up. When I contacted GCPS to ask if they were going to continue to use education tax dollars to pay the salaries of Gwinnett Chamber employees, while freezing teacher pay, furloughing teachers and cutting expenses, I was told that they were going to continue to what they have done since 2007. I have repeatedly asked Sloan Roach to explain how GCPS determined that they received $6 million in return for paying chamber employees' salaries, but she has not responded. They don't care if Gwinnett residents have questions.

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SabrinaWorks247 1 year, 8 months ago on LETTERS: Commissioner responds to Partnership Gwinnett concerns

ELECTED OFFICIALS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS: I am a grandmother with a laptop who spends 90% of my time out of town, taking care of sick relatives. I started asking questions in February. This is August and I have more questions than answers. If I can dig up information in a few minutes using only my laptop, why is it taking all of you so long to answer my questions? Given all of the deplorable scandals that have rocked Gwinnett County recently, are you completely tone deaf to taxpayers’ concerns, or do you understand why taxpayers wonder about the “insider trading” questions that arise from payments to the Gwinnett Chamber? Bless your hearts. I know you are busy, but I think you need to take a few minutes from your busy schedules to give Gwinnett residents some answers.

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SabrinaWorks247 1 year, 8 months ago on LETTERS: Commissioner responds to Partnership Gwinnett concerns

Jim Maran, the CEO of the Gwinnett Chamber, sits on the board of the GCVB, which gives $100,000 per year to the Gwinnett Chamber. Richard Tucker, the former CEO of the Gwinnett Chamber, also sits on the board of the GCVB, as does Bert Nasuti, the former District 2 Commissioner, who was the biggest proponent of taxpayer funding of the Braves Stadium. Preston Williams, CEO of the GCVB, serves on the board of the Gwinnett Chamber. Also serving on the board of the GCVB is Tommy Hughes, who described himself to a reporter as a close friend of indicted former BOC commissioner, Kevin Kenerly, and said of Kenerly, “Anybody that can win four terms of office in Gwinnett County, you’ve got to have admiration for that.” I could go on and on, but after researching all of this, I’m beginning to ask, “Who’s on first?”

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