No sooner do I post an article about Odyssey than an email comes in from an Odyssey parent who is fed up with their Board! While this email has been circulating among Odyssey parents on social media today, this is the first time it has been open to the public like this. The parent gave me full permission to post this and considers it a public document!
Teachers & Parents Are NOT Happy With Odyssey’s Lack Of Transparency With New LeadershipOdyssey Charter School
Events at Odyssey Charter School have been bubbling for some time now but they are coming to a boil in recent weeks. When the Odyssey Board of Directors chose not to renew Headmaster Nick Manolakos’ contract, they put forth Riccardo Stoeckicht as their new “Campus Operations Officer” and Denise Parks as their Head of School. Between these two hirings, the school is looking at over $300,000.00 for these two positions alone. But the shenanigans don’t stop there.
Parents & Staff To Rally At Thomas Edison Charter School Tomorrow NightThomas Edison Charter School
This situation at Thomas Edison Charter School is getting bigger by the day. Tomorrow night, at 6pm, parents and staff are holding a rally at the school demanding Principal EL be reinstated. It doesn’t mean he will. But parents and teachers have had enough and they aren’t afraid to use their voice.
Not helping matters was the closed-door board meeting today. There was no public notice of this meeting (required by state code, even if it is an emergency meeting). Even if there is not a quorum, any public board in this state has to follow certain protocol under open meeting laws. But it doesn’t sound like this board knows state code. Heck, I’m not even sure they know their own bylaws.
Parents were not happy about Board President Ron Pinkett’s comment on Delawareonline about “Have you seen this neighborhood?” Many parents have expressed outrage at what they are seeing as an out of touch comment.
Word on the street is that President Pinkett made his own decision to put Principal EL on leave. Sounds like this guy needs to take a walk.
Will Principal EL grace the halls of Thomas Edison tomorrow morning? The students won’t be there since it is an “in-service day”, just announced on Friday. The lack of transparency surrounding this whole thing is appalling.
Developing Story: Thomas Edison Leader Salome Thomas-El Removed From School By Police This MorningThomas Edison Charter School
Breaking news: The police just removed Thomas Edison Charter School Head of School Salome Thomas-El from the school. The Board of Directors was present for this. Details are sparse at the moment, but from what I’m hearing the board was not pleased about the direction Thomas-El wanted to take the school in. Apparently wanting more pay for staff and administration is a big no-no. The teachers are not pleased with the decision and there could be a walk-out. It looks like there is no such thing as due process at this Wilmington charter school. More details to come as this story develops…
The Hidden Secrets Behind Providence Creek Academy’s Bomb Threat & Audit InvestigationProvidence Creek Academy
It seems random events are not so random at Providence Creek Academy, the charter school in Clayton, DE. It now appears that the audit investigation into suspected fraud by a former employee was missing a lot of information. Two other employees were also taking funds meant for students for their own personal use. Head of School Charles “Chuck” Taylor covered it all up.
Delaware Met Students Speak Loud & Clear About Saving Their SchoolDelaware MET
Last Monday, December 7th, the Delaware Met had their final formal review public hearing. Numerous students spoke out in support of the school, along with teachers, board members, staff, and parents. Upon reading the transcript, I could not find one negative comment about the school. Every single speaker, and there were many, wanted the school to stay open. Many acknowledged the issues but said those situations are getting better. Do you think the Delaware Met should close or stay open?
The public comment period ending at 11:59pm last evening. To read through the entire 82 page transcript from the public hearing, please read below: