Tuesday, March 13, 2012

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER CRISPIN REA CHALLENGES A RECENT KSHB INVESTIGATION!!!



A recent KSHB Investigation has resulted in the resignation of The Chief Operating Officer of The Kansas City Public School District. The controversy stems from a contract bidding process that KSHB EXCLUSIVELY reported on with some fascinating detail.

However . . .

SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER CRISPIN REA CHALLENGES THE REPORTING OF KSHB AND CLAIMS THAT IMPORTANT DETAILS WERE OMITTED FROM THE STORY!!!



Here's what School Board Member had to say in the aftermath of a critical resignation:

"REAL TALK: This is an incredibly unfortunate piece of news. Facts that completely vindicate Gen. Rounds of any wrong doing were intentionally omitted from this story. Instead, if you are a faithful KSHB viewer you were served weak allegations and inferences. I have very rarely directly aired media grievances whether it was when I worked in the Mayors Office or served on the School Board. That being said, my obligation rests with protecting the parents and students in the School District. Today, they lost a dependable and honest administrator as a result of misleading and ambitious investigative reporting. We must demand better from those we trust."

School Board Member Rea defends the work and the integrity of Gen. Rounds in this answer to KSHB.

There might be more details forthcoming regarding specifics about facts that the KCPS argue were omitted. What I know for sure is that this discussion revolves almost entirely around the mechanics of the deal that was profiled by KSHB and the contention by many in the KCPS that Gen. Rounds did not act unethically when it came to making the deal that was profiled by KSHB.

DEVELOPING . . .

29 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Common complaint about sweeps week reporting.

Anonymous said...

Crispan, let the grown ups talk now. Go play with your toys.

Anonymous said...

Maybe this is because Crispin is on the board which approved this contract without discussion, even though it was for $32 million. His lack of curiosity and trust in other people's judgment and decisions is not very encouraging. And his lack of good managment and business practices would indicate that maybe he does not have the background to govern such a large and complex operation.
It's probably a good idea to support the people who work for you, but this is not the kind of case to choose to do so.

Anonymous said...

I don't think anyone questioned this person's integrity; they wondered about his judgment.
So what are the "additional facts" that were ommitted? And you might also ask the folks at Black and Veatch, Burns and McDonnell, and JE Dunn what they think of this process. They have a bit more experience and credibility than Mr. Rea.

Anonymous said...

If there was nothing to the story, why did this guy "resign". And the district's statement that he left "to pursue his dreams" is ridiculous.
Crispin has just made this one-day story into something that will now be dug more into for much longer.
Amateur night!

Anonymous said...

Crispan looks like a little boy pretending to be a man in that picture. Gotta love the "Nardo" look, I mean if you are casting a high school production of West Side Story.

Anonymous said...

He uses "Mayors Office" rather than Mayor's Office -- and he is on the school board.

Anonymous said...

Crispan's balls about to drop -- DEVELOPING!

Anonymous said...

Airwick West

Fingerprints Don't Lie said...

I thought Theresa Garza, Steve Bough and Kim George (Carlos) fixed all this with the election of their reform slate?

Anonymous said...

JE Dunn is jus trying to bully their way around all this because they didn't get the work. What a bunch of arrogant ass holes.

Anonymous said...

Takes balls to speak out like that. Truth to power always.

hdfxr69 said...

Mr. Rea and the KCSB members, the last sentence of your statement said it all...

Anonymous said...

Black and Veatch more credibility?! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Anonymous said...

Ya'll sound like connected insiders by the insight you have shared. Why do you share your thoughts anonymously like a bunch of gossipy high school girls??? Or email the District or Rea personally?

Anonymous said...

I'm sure the other anonymous posters appreciate your gutsy anonymous tip!
LOL

Anonymous said...

Uh, Mr. Rea, what you and General Rounds seem to fail to understand is that you do need to personally benefit (e.g. through a bribe, kickback, or other form of consideration) in order to have acted unethically in the awarding of a contract.

Gen. Rounds skirted the terms of the RFP and made exceptions to the application of the conditions therein in order to give the contract to a favored or preferred vendor with whom he had a close relationship. You can do that in private industry, and that may be the way they do things at DoD, but it is unethical for a public agency like the KCPS. PERIOD. And he was caught and called on it. And was largely non-apologetic when confronted.

Perhaps, Mr. Rea, you should ask Professor Black for some personal tutoring on the subject of business ethics in contracting. In the meantime, and until you fully grasp what "preferential treatment" means, abstaining from votes that involve the expenditure of significant sums of money may be wise. That, or taking some time to "pursue your dreams".

THE TRUTH said...

All right ...

Let's get just a little bit real, shall we?

IF Crispin has facts that shed ANY real light on the matter, then WHY did he not provide them?

Could it be that he DOESN'T HAVE any such facts?

Anonymous said...

Crispin can't change the terms of the published RFP or the timelines of the actions of the parties.

And you're right, 9:40, if he's got exculpatory evidence he needs to provide it.

Although I do agree with one thing he said, "We must demand better from those we trust."

Physician, heel thyself.

Anonymous said...

938 puuuuuussy lol. An attorney posting anonymously on a blog during work hours??? Who pays you douche?

Anonymous said...

Bill Threat is looking for a room with a date!!!!

Anonymous said...

Lol at the comment above. 9:38 is clearly some THIRD RATE attorney who was working on this proposal. Perhaps she/he should have spent more time working on strengthening the client's proposal rather than posting on blogs! I'd like to know who is paying him as well!

Anonymous said...

938 used "therin" in their comment. Sorry, we attorneys do not actually talk like that, only law students and know nothing recent graduates. Tony, I'm working on finding out who the attorneys working on the other proposals were and who may be trolling your blog.

Anonymous said...

Shame on KSHB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Crispin is just whining. He should just present some facts.

Anonymous said...

Lawyers are idiots. Your worse than the cops and fire fighters. LOL

Anonymous said...

@11.22am
Shame on KSHB? The school district has been a disaster and employment agency for family and friends for decades, even as thousands of young people hit the streets reading and doing math at a fourth grade level.
You may think that making believe and hoping for the best is a serious approach to changing something that hasn't worked for all these years, but ir you're really serious about helping the kids, I would think that you'd be less concerned about the messenger and more concerned about the mess.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to disappoint, but 9:38 is just a bozo (KCPS educated) high school grad with poor editing skills (post should have read, "you do NOT need to personally benefit"....) giving an opinion to a member of a board to which I pay my taxes and receive nothing but excuses, double talk and graft in return.

Perhaps the sentiments were expressed more palatably by 8:10 and 8:12.

But I AM paid by the State of Kansas....

Crispin said...

I'm sooooo toasted....god pot neds some short stack to go with it!