A shocking email from an Indian River board member highlights the vast amount of corruption and scandal coming from the highest levels of the state when it comes to Patrick Miller. We are all wondering how the current President of the Board at Indian River Volunteer Fire Company is still walking around free.
Last week, I reported how citizen Billie Jo Bullock emailed the entire board down in Indian River. She got three responses back.
Good morning Billie Jo,
We at no time have given the message that it was ok what was done by Mr. Miller. The school board and the district administration has always been adamant regarding our stance desiring the State of Delaware take appropriate actions. From day one we, and quite frankly law enforcement agencies, have felt there was sufficient information for the AG office in Delaware to proceed.
Why the AG office has not is a mystery to all. Quite frankly they have shown themselves to be weak and unresponsive to State employees discrepancies. Not only did they not pursue Mr. Miller, which involved about $83,000 in “Questionable” spending found by the State auditor, but they did not pursue the administrative officials at Sussex Tech when not long ago were found to have misappropriated funds for land acquisitions, State work contracts, etc… And that was millions of dollars involved. Next time you see your State Senator and Representatives it would be good to ask them these questions. None of them seem to have the guts to pursue.
As to your original question, the answer is simple. The school district is a State entity and as such we have NO power to file charges against and employee whether it be criminal or civil. The school district is not treated the same as an individual would be who has been wronged and has individual rights. The District has no such rights or powers as determined by the State of Delaware. Would it be nice that we could? Yes it would, but we don’t even have the option. All we can do is hand over information to the State and have them proceed.
Please keep in mind it was the school district and school board who initiated the investigation and ASKED the state auditor’s office to conduct an audit. WE asked for it.
Also, the State conducts and audit on all school districts annually and it’s frustrating that at no time during any prior years audits they uncovered any wrong doing. How’s that for reliability… We rely on them to help us keep financials reviewed.
In the auditor’s report their findings resulted in “questionable” spending… in their words. They did not determine anything to be of a criminal nature. That is probably why the AG office has not pursued.
I hope this helps answer your questions and I hope you continue your support of the Indian River School District.
IRSD School Board
This is fascinating. We have a sitting member of their board wondering why the hell our Attorney General’s office let Patrick Miller slide through the cracks. This just shows our corrupt Delaware is.
Board member Dr. Heather Statler sent a response to Bullock but it was weak in comparison to Fritz’ reply. Very cookie-cutter.
I understand your concerns and appreciate your correspondence. I am deeply committed to strengthening our schools and providing our students with the best educational experience.
I will ask Superintendent Steele to communicate with you regarding this matter. He can update you on the district’s perspective/options at this point (within the legal limitations under which he is permitted to do so).
Thank you for being passionate about our students, families, and community.