Hired a real accountant and was nailed by them. No surprise that the schools happily forked over the money with no proof of work.
Lolita Garcia, 60 the founder of a nonprofit called Central Coast Kids & Families, which provided services to families of children with special needs — was sentenced to four years in prison for embezzlement, tax evasion, submitting false invoices, and theft by false pretenses. Garcia billed schools for in-school services and a state nonprofit for in-home services that never happened.
Garcia got caught after an accountant she hired to do her finances noticed in 2015 that it appeared she had diverted charitable funds. The CPA tipped off the state attorney
general’s office, which notified the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office. The case was investigated by investigator Jackie Meroney and forensic auditor Sandra Kyzivat. They examined hundreds of invoices and timesheets for the 2013- 2014 and 2014-2015 school years and discovered that Garcia intentionally overbilled the districts and others for a total of $192,823
Special Need Children’s Service Founder Guilty Of Embezzlement
We keep hearing that schools need more money to educate the children, but all I see are multi-million dollar football fields, parking lots and administration buildings.
A $7,000,000.00 artificial turf football field
A parking lot at PGHS
Offices? Maintenance yard?
This heavy duty sign must cost at least $800 to build and anchor with concrete. That architect is not local.
Pacific Grove to vote on $30 million bond for school maintenance
After school, before school during school. Not so public property for man talking to himself.
On Dec. 14 about 4:20 p.m., police said the man entered
the Spruce Avenue gate of Robert Down Elementary School
and walked onto the schoolyard near students who were playing basketball.
“They were startled by the man’s demeanor and recalled
that he was talking to himself,” Robert Down principal Sean
Keller told parents through a Dec. 14 email message.
Though class was not in session, numerous students were
still at Robert Down as part of an after-school program. Keller— citing the police — said the man “has never shown aggression toward others,” and entered the school yard merely as a“shortcut through the campus.”
No Shortcuts Through Robert Down
By the looks of the grammar and writing style, it could be a P.G. High student, possibly a junior.
Police investigators are looking into multiple written threats left in bathrooms and the girls locker room since March 1 at the Pacific Grove High School campus that allude to plans for a possible school shooting.
The first one, from a photo taken March 1 read: “Imma shoot up this school just wait on it … my shooter, he already got a plan.”
Violence Threats Found At P.G. High
“It’s better than just reading something from a textbook,”
You know, some dedication to the industrial arts just might make school interesting. I always liked pounding nails more than pounding in college prep.
For their practice round, students can print one object as long as it adheres to three rules: it has to be useful, school appropriate and small.
William Newsome, 13, printed a saxophone mouthpiece that he was able to use as soon as it was completed. After blowing out some notes, he said it felt better than his regular, hard-rubber mouthpiece.
Adrian Ayala, 14, was thinking about printing a small case. He had never seen a 3-D printer at work before.
“It’s better than just reading something from a textbook,” he said.
P.G. School Kids Discover 3-D Printing
Ottmar, who worked as a sports reporter for the Monterey Herald until 2008, began working for the high school that same year.
In the nine-page letter, district administrators describe misconduct that dates back to his early years at the school. The allegations say that he described his private life and sexual fantasies to students, that he left students unsupervised, that he allowed students to drive his children using his car, that he came to classes smelling of alcohol, that he allowed students to consume alcohol at his home, that he held inappropriate meetings with female students, that he displayed favoritism toward certain female students, and that he made inappropriate and sexually suggestive comments to female students.
Teacher Ken Ottmar Given 45 Day Notice
High school teacher in hiding accused of kinky behavior.
School officials say he made sexually suggestive comments to students, allowed teens to drink alcohol in his house, told kids about his sexual fantasies, and favored the pretty girls in class, but the P.G. High School teacher alleged to have done those things and more maintains none of it ever happened.
The district contends Ottmar told students that he’d had sex with his wife in his class room; that it was his fantasy for his wife and her best friend to have a lesbian relationship; that he visited strip clubs while in Las Vegas; and that he and others liked watching his “wife run track because she is sexy.”
Ottmar — who began working in PGUSD in 2008 after leaving his writing job at the Monterey County Herald — told one girl she had “nice wide thighs” and would “make a
good wife one day and have lots of babies,” and told another student she was a “BBW (big butt woman),” according to the district.“Sexually suggestive and flirtatious comments are highly inappropriate and have no place in the classroom,” the reprimand notice says.
Teacher Ken Ottmar Said WHAT?
Cloud based laptops can be monitored by Google, better to shape your children’s minds.
And well, half a million bucks for 1200 laptops. OK, that’s $400 a piece. THEN SIX TIMES THAT FOR OVERHEAD? $3,000,000 to secure the things. What else could skools get for 3.5 million?
It’s only been two weeks since all third-, fourth- and fifth-graders at the Pacific Grove Unified School District received their Chromebook laptops, but students and teachers say they can see the difference.
“Before, we were only getting an hour a week (of computer time) in the lab,” Valdez said. Now, the laptops are locked up in a special cabinet in the classroom, ready to be used when Valdez needs them for instruction. And for the California Standards Test, which students are scheduled to take soon.
Pacific Grove Unified administrators rolled out 1,200 Chromebooks during the spring break, just in time for the state testing.
It is the first major purchase the district has made with proceeds from Measure A funds, an $18 million bond approved in November. The Chromebooks cost about $500,000 and about $3 million was spent on cabinets, wiring, security cameras and other technical support.
P.G. Schools Welcome Google Overlords
Lots of taxes passed for ‘education’ and all I can see is parking lots and football stadiums.
In Pacific Grove, residents failed to pass Measure G, the Pacific Grove Unified School District-backed proposal that asked taxpayers to pay about $30 per every $100,000 of their assessed home value for tech devices and programs for the district’s schools.
But the measure, which had the support of the Monterey Peninsula Taxpayers Association, fell short of the 55 percent it needed to pass, receiving 2,030 Yes votes (51.51 percent) to 1,911 No votes (48.49 percent).
Backers had said the funds would have been collected for 20 years in a series of short-term, low-interest bonds and would generate about $27.8 million for the district to purchase computers, electronic tablets — such as iPads — update security cameras, and implement statewide technology requirements for testing and learning.
This Year’s School Tax Vote Fails