The Illuminator has learned the Board of Trustees, led by its finance committee, has tacitly approved KY's decision to award "bonuses" to Business Office employees for their extra "work" during the financial turmoil of SS 2009's budget season (turmoil which has not abated, by the way). These bonuses are rumored to cost many thousands of dollars.
This is the same committee that has begun to investigate whether it should establish procedures to avoid conflicts of interest between Edison administrators and vendors who provide services to the College. Without addressing the missing-horse, closed-too-late-barn-door aspect of this bold initiative, the Illuminator wonders why the Board isn't aware of Ohio's Ethics Law, which already determines what must be put out for bid and establishes criminal sanctions for people who self-deal with state money, or make money for their families or pals with state contracts. The Illuminator suggests the Board wake up and smell the coffee and figure out what the score is before it's too late.
But not getting it when it comes to the laws that govern one's entrusted charge to an institution, or with regard to criminal nepotism and purchase orders that pay their way, after a felonious hop or two, into employees' pockets, is of a different order than watching someone who, after claiming only six months ago that budget woes required the entire campus be fired, cut checks to administrators for doing nothing more than their jobs, despite that office's shared culpability for the crisis.
Where is the bonus for the hard-working custodian who has to clean human urine from the bathroom floors? Where's the extra bump for the folks working in the cafeteria, who must daily drag bags of putrid refuse to the dumpsters? Where is the bonus for the adjunct who teaches a full professor's load and more because allegedly we can't afford more faculty for core curricular courses?
If the rumored amounts are true, the money KY found for his pals would pay for an entire Edison education, if invested for scholarships. Certainly, it would pay for the girls' volleyball team to travel to their deserved championship tournament.
At the very least, this sort of drunken-sailor coin-tossing must be remembered the next time KY asks the Edison community to suffer collectively--and rest assured, he, they, will, and probably soon--for his administration's incompetence, waste, abuse, and utter lack of accountability.
KY has placed himself among the bloated ranks of CEO's (where he himself probably believes he belongs) who loot corporations at the expense of shareholders; by approving KY's action via their own knowledge and inaction, the Board of Trustees places itself among the bureaucrats in Washington and the hundreds of Boards of Directors who, rather than admit they have an irrational and erratic executive on their hands, clean up executive messes and offer excuses for their own impotence.
Disgusting. Absolutely filthy and disgusting.
Board of Trustees? The good people of Edison and its constituent counties have given you the better part of a year to do right by this community. Where has our faith in you taken us?
Alea iacta est.