Gittings alleges improper spending
Jimmy Gittings, known for his colorful comments at school board meetings, was back at it last night as he called for an investigation into spending practices at North Avenue. No expense over $25,000 is supposed to go through without board approval. The PSASA president said he has a "strong feeling" -- but no proof -- that protocol is not being followed. He said that if he had gone against board procedure during the years he worked in the system's Title 1 office, "I'd have been taken out of here in handcuffs." Dr. Alonso said he's not sure what Gittings is referring to, but he's asked a staff member to look into the concern.
Gittings also alleges that the system does not have enough jobs in schools for all the central office administrators whose positions were eliminated this year, based on PSASA's calls to 138 of the system's principals. Alonso said there will be spots in schools for those with valid certification.