Exclusive: Public Integrity Commission Slams Odyssey’s Board; Potential McGuiness Ties To AHEPA Creates Huge Conflicts of Interest

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On April 2nd, the Delaware Public Integrity Commission wrote a letter to the Odyssey Charter School Board of Directors which showcased a plethora of financial improprieties, conflicts of interest, and co-mingled interests involving their board and the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA).  The Odyssey Board of Directors has nine members, five of which belong to AHEPA.  Currently, Odyssey is beginning a formal review by the Delaware Department of Education after the State Board of Education voted to place the charter school under review last week.

The letter concludes with the following: Continue reading

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Odyssey Charter School Responds To Their Formal Review With Letters To Parents, Students and Teachers

After the State Board of Education put Odyssey Charter School under formal review last night, school leaders wrote a letter to the Odyssey community with a response.  In addition, I got my hands on the school’s response to Leroy Travers, the leader of the Charter School Office over at the Department of Education!

Odyssey Goes Under Formal Review For Financial & Governance Reasons

Yesterday, the Delaware State Board of Education voted in the majority to put Odyssey Charter School under formal review for six violations of Delaware state code. Continue reading

State Board of Education To Decide If Odyssey Will Get A Formal Review

While it doesn’t appear on the agenda for their meeting this Thursday, it is expected the Delaware State Board of Education will vote if Odyssey Charter School will get a formal review.  This gained a lot more traction based on an email that went out from school leadership to interested parties last Thursday. Continue reading

Odyssey Charter Board Gets Stern Warning From Delaware DOE As Wagons Circle Around AHEPA & Their He-Man Woman Haters Club

The ongoing saga with Odyssey Charter School continues!  As the AHEPA members of the Board continue to do whatever the heck they want, attention is being drawn to their stunts by more than just Odyssey staff and parents.  The spotlight on the school is not good as members of the General Assembly and the State Board of Education are giving complaints to the Charter School Office at the Delaware Department of Education.  But the DOE isn’t the only state agency looking into the many conflicts of interest from the Odyssey Board of Directors as evidenced by the below email from Charter School Office leader Leroy Travers: Continue reading

Mutiny At Odyssey As Teachers Union Votes For No Confidence In Board of Directors

The Odyssey Charter School Education Association declared a vote of no confidence in the school’s Board of Directors.  As well, they asked four members of the board to resign. Continue reading

Breaking News: The Olympics Are Coming To Delaware!

Yes, you heard it right.  The Olympics are coming to Delaware.  Or, to be more specific, to Barley Mill Plaza!  Odyssey Charter School, in celebration of their 10th Anniversary, is bringing the Olympic Torch to Delaware.  I just have one question though…  If this is to benefit Odyssey Charter School, why are folks asked to make checks out to the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) and not directly to Odyssey Charter School?  Does that mean the schools get all the money from these sponsorships for their 5k Run/Walk on September 24th?  Awesome!  But when I went to the website included in the press release (seen below) to register, it doesn’t give an online option to register.  You can only mail checks to the AHEPA Wilmington Chapter.  Wow! I can’t wait to see how much revenue they raise for the school!

AHEPA Wilmington Chapter 95
PRESS RELEASE
August 1, 2016
(For Immediate Distribution)
THE OLYMPIC TORCH LIGHTS UP
ODYSSEY CHARTER SCHOOL

In this Olympic year, Odyssey Charter School (OCS) is proud to bring the Olympic Torch and the Spirit and the Ideals of the Games, straight from Ancient Olympia, Greece to Delaware for the celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Founding of the school and the Dedication of its new Barley Mill Campus.  Olympians from the United States and Greece, along with US, Greek and Delaware Dignitaries, will be on hand to join in the Dedication, Annual 5k Race and celebration on September 24th, 2016.

FESTIVITIES IN GREECE (Completed – June 2016)
Starting in June 2016 in Ancient Olympia, Greece, members and athletes from the Greek Olympic Committee, the Hellenic Athletics Federation, along with the Mayor of the City of Ancient Olympia, Public School Principals, and Students participated in the following events at the Ancient Olympic site:

  • The Mayor of the City of Ancient Olympia gifted an authentic Olympic Torch to be delivered to Odyssey Charter School for the re-enactment of the lighting of the Olympic Flame, which symbolizes peace, unity, friendship, respect, excellence, fair play and joy in competition.
  •  In the ancient tradition, students from Olympia, Greece created wreaths using branches from the olive groves of Ancient Olympia.
  • The Mayor of Ancient Olympia and dignitaries presented the Olympic Torch and olive wreaths to Greek athletes, who will deliver them to Odyssey Charter School at the September 24, 2016 celebration.
  • Pledging the Olympic Oath, athletes and dignitaries paid tribute to Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympic Games, at his tomb in Ancient Olympia.
  • Officially recognized the “twinning” – creation of sister schools –  of Elementary, Middle and High Schools in Ancient Olympia with Odyssey Charter School in Wilmington, DE.
  • In the tradition of the modern Olympic Games, athletes carried the torch from Olympia, with stops at a number of    historic sites in Greece including the Panathenaic Stadium and the Parthenon.
  • The Olympic Torch and wreaths will next travel from the Athens to Wilmington in the company of Greek Government officials, dignitaries, and athletes.
  • A production company is creating a commemorative documentary film of all festivities and events.
  • Major funding for this event has been provided by two Greek Corporate Sponsors, “Real Greek Artisan” and                “The Hellenic Protein Group”.
 FESTIVITIES IN THE U.S. (September 24, 2016)

The AHEPA Wilmington Chapter 95, in conjunction with the Odyssey Charter School’s PTO and volunteers, will hold the following activities on September 24:

10:00 AM OPENING CEREMONY

Olympic Parade of Nations by students
Debut of the documentary film showcasing the events held in June in Greece
Arrival of the two athletes from Greece bearing the Torch and the Olympic wreaths to the Odyssey Campus
Olympic Torch relay by dignitaries and members of the school community
Singing of the Olympic Hymn and the United States and Greek National Anthems
Lighting of Odyssey’s Olympic Cauldron and welcoming the Olympic Flame with special performances
Recognition of dignitaries and friends of the School
Official dedication of the Odyssey School Campus at Barley Mill
Implementation of the official fraternal “twinning” of Odyssey and the schools of Ancient Olympia
12:00 NOON – 10th ANNUAL 5K RUN
Medal ceremony for the 5K winners and awarding of olive wreaths

The Order of AHEPA (American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (www.ahepa.org), founded in 1922, is the oldest and largest Greek-American organization in the United States.
AHEPA members are proud of the unparalleled contributions of the ancient Greeks to Western Civilization. As Americans, we share fundamental values they revered: civic responsibility, philanthropy, education, family, individual excellence, and the ideals of democracy.
Odyssey Charter School of Wilmington.
In 2006, Odyssey Charter School (http://odysseycharterschooldel.com/index.html) opened its doors as Delaware’s first mathematics-focused, bi-lingual (English and Modern Greek) elementary education charter school. A rigorous standards-based curriculum and instruction in the Greek language is delivered in a challenging, yet nurturing learning environment.
Odyssey offers its students strong academics, insight into the classical learning ideals of Hellenism, a small-school environment, and a fresh approach to learning.

 For more information contact: Dimitri Dandolos  dimitri@ecologosinc.com or 302-983-1883
The AHEPA
10th Annual Olympic 5K Run/Walk
at the Barley Mill School CampusSaturday, September 24, 2016

The Olympic Flame and Ideals
Travel from Ancient Olympia, Greece
To Wilmington, Delaware
To Celebrate
The 10th Anniversary of the Founding of Odyssey
And the Dedication of the Barley Mill Campus

Ceremonies and Olympic Festivities
10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

  • Athletes from Greece to present the Olympic Torch on Campus
  • Parade of the Olympic Flag by Students
  •  Lighting of the Olympic Flame
  • Twinning of Odyssey with Schools from Ancient Olympia
  • Official Dedication of the Campus
  • Greek Lunch and Refreshments
 and
The 10th Annual 5K Run/Walk
Registration 11:15 AM – Race Starts 12:15 PMTo benefit The Odyssey Charter School of Wilmington

Race Top Winners will Receive Olive Wreaths from Ancient Olympia
Complimentary T-shirts to the first 300 participants

On line Registration at www.races2run.com

By mail registration:
A.H.E.P.A. 5K Run
Odyssey Charter School of Wilmington
4319 Lancaster Pike, Wilmington, DE 19805-1512

THE OLYMPIC FLAME AND IDEALS
TRAVEL FROM ANCIENT OLYMPIA, GREECE
TO WILMINGTON, DELAWARE
TO CELEBRATETHE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDING OF
ODYSSEY CHARTER SCHOOL
AND
THE DEDICATION OF THE BARLEY MILL CAMPUS
SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

GRAND SPONSOR:            $5,000

  • Company representative to present awards at the post-race ceremony
  • Sponsor’s logo on registration forms distributed throughout area
  • Sponsor’s logo on banner displayed prominently at race picnic
  • Sponsor’s logo to appear prominently on Official 5K T-shirt
  • Entry Fee waived for 10 athletes

FINISH LINE SPONSOR:             $950

  • Company representative at finish line.
  • Sponsor’s logo displayed on finish line material pole/tape
  • Sponsor’s logo to appear on Official 5K T-shirt
  • Prominent display of Sponsor’s sign or banner at race finish line
  • Entry Fee waived for 5 athletes

AWARDS SPONSOR:              $495

  • All references to awards, in event-related print materials and at the   post-race picnic, will mention, “Awards presented by Sponsor”
  • Sponsor to be recognized during the presentation of all appropriate athletic awards distributed at post-race picnic
  • Sponsor’s logo to appear on Official 5K T-shirt
  • Prominent display of Sponsor’s sign or banner at race check-in and post-race picnic
  • Entry Fee waived for 3 athletes

REGISTRATION SPONSOR:    $249

  • Display of Sponsor’s sign or banner displayed prominently at registration
  • Sponsor’s logo to appear on Official 5K T-shirt
  • Entry Fee waived for 2 athletes
MILE MARKER SPONSOR:    $100
  • Sponsor’s name imprinted on a mile marker sign
The AHEPA 10th Annual Olympic 5K Run/Walk
Celebrating the Olympic Flame and Ideals
Saturday, September 24, 2016Location: Odyssey School    Contact: Dimitri Dandolos
Barley Mill Campas              302-983-1883

dimitri@ecologosinc.com

To Benefit:     Odyssey Charter School of Wilmington

Sponsorship Form

Please print Sponsor name exactly as you wish to be listed on promotional materials.

Sponsor _____________________________________________________________

Address _____________________________________________________________

City _________________________ State ______  Zip_____________

Phone ________________________

Fax_________________________________

Contact

Name ____________________________

Email ____________________________

____Grand Sponsor ($5,000)

____Finish Line Sponsor ($950)

____Awards Sponsor ($495)

____Registration Sponsor ($249)

____Mile Marker Sponsor ($100)

____Prize and or Donation ($25- $99)

Total Due$_____________

Signature ______________________________________

PLEASE RETURN COMPLETED FORM TO:
AHEPA
Odyssey Charter School
4319 Lancaster Pike, Wilmington, DE 19805-1512
MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO AHEPA, Chapter #95

My Guess? Odyssey Has Issues With Women On Their Board…

The Board of Directors at Odyssey Charter School in Wilmington, DE clearly does not benefit from having their members publicly elected.  Especially if you are a woman.  Like something taken out of the late 19th Century, Odyssey seems to be very comfortable with discussing the downplaying of females on their board.  There are nine members on Odyssey’s board but five are made of representation from the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association.  Yes, they have the word Progressive in their title.  But you wouldn’t know it based on the below conversation at their May 2016 board meeting.  I really can’t wait to hear charter board meetings when the audio recording law takes effect at the start of this school year!

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But the kicker is that this board can never be dominated by women.  Why?  Because of “The Brotherhood”…

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How can you call yourself progressive but limit the role of women in a governing body?  Has this board forgotten about civil rights and equality?  Did they know very important rules passed in this country regarding women’s rights?  It isn’t just women that are reduced on this board.  We see a very clear disliking of their Parent Teacher Organization as well.   Guess how many women joined their board the next month?  A big fat zero!  I’m not sure what their male: female ratio is on their board now.  I know they had 3 out of 9 women on the board prior to this vote.  I can’t wait to hear Odyssey’s board meetings.  I’m assuming they don’t pay their bills with Susan B. Anthony coins…