In the posts "Who's Oz?" [click here to see post] and "BOCES Budget" [click here to see post] I hint at the role Mr. Ogilvie plays in Hamburg Central School District. As a resident of Hamburg, executive director of the Hamburg School Foundation and former superintendent of Hamburg, suffice it to say that Mr. Ogilvie has a stake in Hamburg.* After doing a bit of googling for Donald Ogilvie, an audit from New York State Comptroller, Thomas DiNapoli popped up [click here to see the report]. According to the report, BOCES created four reserve funds with school district moneys and did not establish policies and procedures for the funding and use of the reserves. In the instance where BOCES did establish procedures, BOCES did not get Board approval. Lastly, one of the funds that was established was not established by a majority vote from the component school districts as required by statue and the activity was not reported to the New York State Education Department. The report continues on,
"The failure of BOCES officials to ensure that all reserves were properly established and reasonably funded has increased the risk of the school districts’ moneys not being used in a productive manner and/or in accordance with legal requirements. Further, BOCES’ failure to clearly report reserve allocations to the component and participating school districts has compromised the transparency of BOCES operations and denies the school districts complete knowledge of how BOCES is ultimately using money paid by districts for BOCES services."
Interesting that this report was issued on July 15, 2010, shortly after our district laid off 12.7 FTE teachers and allocated an additional 7-hundred+ thousand dollars to BOCES. I also cannot help but draw a correlation between the surreptitious and illegal operations of the Hamburg School Board and the operations of BOCES. Did Hamburg's disregard for open meetings laws and era of secrecy begin under Mr. Ogilvie? Isn't it a curious point that Mr. Ogilvie recommends a superintendent to Hamburg? Possibly a conflict of interest?
*I'm not exactly sure what role Mr. Ogilvie played on the Hamburg School Foundation when the Hamburg Central School District transferred $83,000 to the Foundation [click here to see the state's audit report]. However, Mr. Ogilvie is currently the executive director of the Foundation and Mr. Osborne, the former executive director and school board president when the money was transferred, is still on the board of directors of the Foundation.
NEW- THE FLEECING OF THE TAXPAYER- HODGSON RUSS LEGAL BILL
*****NEW****Click on link below to be directed to the Hodgson Russ Legal Bills Jan- May 2016- THE FLEECING OF THE TAXPAYER.https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B03Rg-d-K8EZYVRLTUxxVmpUNzA/view?usp=sharing