Part 1! Next Up? Wildenhain & Grebien? And This. Weeks. City. Council. Meeting!

Apparently, the honeymoon is over. We’ve received a dozen or so calls re: interpersonal issues between Chief Financial Officer Anthony Voccio, the recent hire from the Providence School Department and folks throughout the school district. More alarming? What appears to be the inability of School Committee Members, most notably recently elected Chair Jay Charbonneau, to obtain sensitive financial data on a timely basis. Especially troubling? Alleged imbalances in the Reserve Account analysis, (yes, those reserve accounts – that pot o’ money you see Mayor Don Grebien salivating over) which act as a significant source of cash flow for the type of major school construction projects that are transforming the Pawtucket School System.

Is this a hangover from the loss of former CFO Melissa Devine, who many argue is the top financial talent in the Rhode Island Educational ecosphere today? (Many of those many would posit that the dystopic political environment created by the Grebien Regime … she resigned moments after Greb’s latest attempted money grab from the District – prompted her departure). Does Voccio have the chops for the gig? His most recent portfolio was primarily budget related.

Regardless, the Coalition Radio Network has formally submitted an APRA Records Request, focusing on the Reserve Accounts, on January 31.

 

APRA Request

Pursuant to the Access to Public Records Act, R.I. Gen. laws § 38-2-1 et. seq., I am requesting access to records, which are public documents.

Specifically I am requesting the following:

Current Balances At Month End (Today January 31, 2024) for the following Pawtucket School Committee General Ledger Accounts: Capital Reserve Fund & Medical Reserve Fund.
Additionally, a set of Statements reflecting Month End Balances for each month beginning July 1 of 2023 through to current month end.(Month Ending January 31, 2024 for the Pawtucket School Committee General Ledger Accounts: Capital Reserve Fund & Medical Reserve Fund.
Additionally, a transaction ledger detailing debits/credits, in full detail, of the Pawtucket School Committee Capital Reserve Fund & Pawtucket School Committee Medical Reserve Fund, for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2023, through today, January 31, 2024
As this detail is typically generated as a defined monthly report in virtually any accounting system, the Coalition Radio Network would expect minimal effort in generating the data.
And while RI General Laws allow a 10 Day response time, this request should be fillable in a matter of hours.

In accordance with R.I. Gen. Laws § 38-2-7, The State of Rhode Island has ten (10) business days to provide the requested documents or to notify me in writing of the specific reasons for denying me access to the requested records. If the exemption you are claiming applies only to a portion of the records that I seek, please set aside that portion for further discussion and provide electronic copies of the remainder of the records. [See R.I. Gen. Laws § 38-2-2(4)(ii).] I understand that for “good cause” the ten (10) business day time period may be extended for an additional twenty (20) business days, provided that I am notified of the “good cause” in writing within the original ten (10) business days of my request. It is also my understanding that the Office of The Secretary of State must provide me with an estimate of the costs, prior to providing the requested electronic copies.

 As this is a fairly narrow and simple electronic search, this request should take less a few hours and incur no search fee.

Thank you for your assistance in this matter. Of course, feel free to call me with any questions.

The Coalition will update you immediately! Upon the timely receipt of said data ….

 

Next Up? Wildenhain & Grebien? And This. Weeks. City. Council. Meeting!

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