Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Allen ISD board member agrees to censor personal blog
Michael Myers agreed to kibosh the claims that district administrators broke state laws.
ALLEN Allen ISD school board member Michael Myers will no longer talk about discussions with other board members on his personal blog, according to an email sent to the Allen American and later posted on the site.
Myers said he will allow board president Louise Master to serve as board spokesperson and will no longer talk to the press about board dealings.
Myers has used his blog, allentxisd.blogspot.com, to accuse district administrators of breaking state law and to hint about the investigation into former director of finance Scott Weber, who is accused of embezzling $17,780 from the district and of causing another $7,042 in losses for failing to seek reimbursement, according to an arrest warrant from the Allen Police Department.
“I wholeheartedly agree that the president needs to speak for the board, and would actually prefer it,” Myers said via email. “In exchange, I was assured that there is an investigation being conducted through the [school board's] audit committee, and that they will be looking into the potential impact Scott Weber has had on the district finances. If anything comes out of that investigation, then I'm sure the board will address it.”
Myers has also used his blog to criticize the $32 million service center the district is building near Cheatham Elementary School. Myers has tried unsuccessfully to suspend the project since being elected in May.
A post on the blog published Thursday said the site is transitioning to new ownership. Myers' previous posts remain in the blog's archive.
“Given the circumstances I was faced with, when I took the seat, I lost faith in the board's ability to patrol its own dealings,” Myers said. “But, that faith has been temporarily restored given the insurance that the audit committee is investigating the relationship between the ISD and Scott Weber's actions. Let me repeat that: I do have faith in my fellow board members.
“Plus, with the changes being made in the administration, I feel we have a fresh start in front of us. My actions were based on a fear that the lack of past communications between the board and the ISD, was influenced by the accusations of fraud and mismanagement.
“Without that faith, and trust, forced me to act on my own ethical guidelines, all of which is based on a notion (not proven) that the criminal activity may have been a lot worse than what the board was aware of, or what was being presented to them. Given the environment of millions of dollars in bond packages, it has been my experience that the sharks will come out and circle the cash.
“Such fraudulent accusations are usually only a hint of what lay just below the surface. We have no choice but to trust in the process. In the end, my intention is to do what's right for the school district, and our kids, by looking after the finances and correcting what I can. Time will tell.”
The anonymous blog started to counter claims made by Myers may be shutdown soon, according to a Saturday post on myersfactcheck.blogspot.com.
“We believe the recent focus on Myers has been a distraction to the school board and the community,” the post said. “The focus should be on the work of the board.”
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