Seattle School Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson and Don Kennedy, the district's chief financial and operations officer, should have done more to ensure that the manager of the district's small-business program wasn't misusing district money, according to the attorney hired to determine who should be held accountable.
This is what the report from the lawyer, Patty Eakes, who the Board hired to investigate the current scandal according to the Times.
She does conclude that MGJ and Kennedy had limited knowledge of the program.
(First, when did she interview the Super? On the phone? Second, every single program is supposed to be in their knowledge base.)
no evidence that anyone expressed their concerns to MGJ about the program beyond an unfavorable review of the program (somewhat a hilarious statement because really who would go to her? I can't think of anyone who might feel comfortable going to her with the attitude she projects).
MGJ trusted Kennedy to oversee the program and, in turn, he delegated that to Fred Stephens
She says that chain of command led to Kennedy to "missing" the warning signs.
there were no personal services contracts as "hush money" to silence communities about school closures and lack of minority companies working on district projects.
No, I don't think there was hush money but I would allege that Potter was spreading the money around certain communities in order to create relationships that would carry over to his new venture. The circumstances around the payments leads me to wonder if it was a "you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours" mentality being created.