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Proviso Probe

Monday, November 19, 2007

hasn't eveyone found $6.5 million in an old coat pocket?

On Monday, November 19, the Proviso Township High Schools (District 209) board of education held its regular meeting.

Nikita Johnson, the assistant superintendent for money issues, reported the district has $6.5 million dollars in the bond and interest fund that has unknown origins.

According to Johnson, staff has gone back ten years and cannot find the source of the money. Apparently, the bond and interest fund has stricter accountability than other funds. Accountability is to the penny and there isn't any possibility of adding or subtracting a little money at a time.

Th district speculates that a bond or interest payment was made out of another fund and therefore the $6.5 million can be transfered to the other fund.

IIRC, the district has eleven funds. And the district budget is about $70 million per year.

The idea that somehow $6.5 million was accidentally removed from a fund without someone noticing the money being gone seems highly improbable.

Anyway, the district is hiring an auditor to find the source of the $6.5 million.

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22 Comments:

  • More important,between 25-30 support staff members will lose their jobs before the end of the year. According to my sources, building principals made the cuts supposedly based on seniority. People who aren't RIF will receive a cut in salary. By the way, the average salary of a support staff person is $25k a year, so imagine losing your job, while Chris Welch and his croonies dish out substanital contracts to their friends and family members. Mr. Welch should be ashame of himself by helping destroy the lives of some of the most hardworking employees at district # 209. Yes, the support staff voted against the work furlough, but why are you punishing the ones who wanted to accept the furlough. The support staff president did not explain that this many people would lose their jobs. They were told that job lost would only effect those hired in the past few years which were basically Welch's family members. I smell lawsuits and the district is going to have to pay a hefty sum for treating people like dogs.

    By Anonymous Ms. Jackson, at 5:44 PM, November 20, 2007  

  • They can save money by not giving Patch's secretary an $8000 stipend for directing student plays. Been to a couple of the plays, and they were horrible. What kind of hold does she have on little miltie?

    By Anonymous Karen, at 6:27 PM, November 20, 2007  

  • I guess Ms Jackson you think Welch gives a flyin f**k about anybody losing their jobs? Guess again.

    By Anonymous voice of the reasonable man, at 7:49 PM, November 20, 2007  

  • I'M WEARING A WIRE SAYS:

    Why is the entire blame placed on Welch? Robin Foreman, Beverly Robinson's sister and Nikita Johnson's aunt, VOTED to fire those hardworking people. She has done nothing but fire people and hand out contracts and jobs to Welch's cronies and friends. Let's not forget about SUPER BOY from Forest Park, Bob Cox. He voted to fire them also. Bob Cox should know about tough times because he could not pay the taxes on his home and needed financial help. The word on the street is that Welch helped him pay his property taxes. Brian Cross, God bless his soul, just lost his wife, but did not stop him from destroying other families? NO! He buried his wife last week and without any conscious or second thought voted to fire employees that have been in the district over ten to twenty years. Shouldn't he still be mourning? Did Welch make him attend the meeting? Dan Adams is not innocent in this either. He voted to fire employees.He has done nothing to support the education of our black and brown children. Why should he? There are three black board members that do NOTHING, Welch, Henry, and Foreman. I am not sure how Sue Henry voted, but her daughter that can't type or read or write still has a job. She should have been the first to go. She has less seniority and can't TYPE!

    All of these people are controlled by Eugene Moore and I don't foresee Moore getting back in as Recorder. The moves that Welch and his gang are making are political suicide. The community will wake up after the dust settles and people are in the cheese line.

    Dr. Evil and Everybody Hates Chris will exchange vows on Decemeber 29,2007. Nicloe L. Trottie will probably cover the festivities in her trash ass paper.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:44 PM, November 20, 2007  

  • How do you not notice $6.5 mill missing. If we are to believe that this was a mistake, then all parties invlolved must be replaced. If corporate accounting error is make, people are held accountable.

    As for the support staff. They all knew that even if they voted for the furlough, they would lose their jobs. Nobody trusts the administration. There is no loyalty at proviso, so why should they believe anyone other than the people attending the welch family reunion would be taken care of.

    By Anonymous pissed off teacher, at 10:22 PM, November 20, 2007  

  • True, Karen Yarbrough cuts deals with the churches to control them, but the churches, Wiley especially, prostitue themselves and their congregations.

    I am an insider at Rock of Ages. I have lost respect for Rock of Ages and Rev. Wiley.

    Don't put Wiley or any man on a pedastel before God. Rev. Wiley almost got kicked out from behind the pulpit by the church majority for his many indiscretions with women outside his marriage. He's no saint and is not worthy to be praised - as God is my witness!

    By Anonymous the fallen prophet, at 12:54 PM, November 21, 2007  

  • Why is the paper 'trash ass'? Why shouldn't the paper cover or mention the ceremony of a prominent political figure? What is wrong with the paper and its owner's having good relationships with people as long as those relationships do not interfere with ethics/reporing?

    By Anonymous Bill, at 2:27 PM, November 21, 2007  

  • I think the district is on the right track. If they happen to find money sitting in accounts that can be used, maybe some people will get their jobs back. I hope the board members at Proviso keep on pushing because they are doing a good job.

    By Anonymous Bill Kitchen, at 1:11 PM, November 22, 2007  

  • I don't know how the conversation turned to the personal lives of board members; however, I must say that I hope it's true that Chris Welch and Nikita Johnson are getting married. I think they make a wonderful couple. It's nice to see two young, articulate, professional, well to do blacks return to their community. It's even nicer if they found love with each other. If it's true, I hope they post the information somewhere so I can send them well wishes and a gift.

    By Anonymous Supporter of Successful People, at 1:14 PM, November 22, 2007  

  • Why can't the money to be used to help keep jobs(especially for those who live in Proviso)?

    I noticed that the district has already hired a secretary for summer school. THat job was not posted and why the rush. Also why can't the secretaries already on staff, do the job.

    By Anonymous Bellwood Resident, at 3:21 PM, November 23, 2007  

  • Here, here. Supporter of successful people is right on point. I hope Welch and his lady friend post the announcement in the West Suburban Journal and Nicole L. Trottie writes a wonderful tribute. I'm glad they all get along like mature people.

    By Anonymous Kathy, at 7:39 PM, November 23, 2007  

  • Bill Kitchen... are you serious, you hope the people at proviso keep pushing, because theyre doing a great job??

    By doing a great job, do you mean, not knowing where $6.5 million came from? they did a great job "finding" $6.5 mill? If they found a way to increase revenue thats one thing, to find money "allegedly" already in your accounts is not something to be proud of. Good school disticts dont get themselves in these situations, and they keep track of their expenses.

    By Anonymous pissed off teacher, at 10:23 PM, November 23, 2007  

  • Nyberg, why in the hell did you post well wishes to Welch and Nikita Johnson? Were those comments jokes? A writer mentioned that Welch is a "prominent political figure". Where at? The only prominence Welch has is at three high schools? NO ONE ELSE KNOWS HIM, BESIDES THE FEDS!

    A writer mentioned that they are an articulate couple. Babbering, stuttering, and lying doesn't make a person articulate. Has anyone listened to Johnson speak during board meetings? She speaks worse than the students at Proviso. And how did Welch get a degree in public speaking? Johnson's PHD is definitely not in speaking or finances. Since she has come to the district it has been chaos and mismanagement with the MONEY! How does someone just so happen find 6.5 million? I hope Stark King continues to cooperate with the authorities because what Johnson and Welch have done to our children is CRIMINAL!

    Let's recollect, last year the district gave out bonuses to all employees...now WE ARE BROKE! She should be FIRED! HOW DUMB WAS THAT? Oh, by the way she gave herself a bonus. Did the board vote on that? Did she do a budget that projected the district's finances two or three years in advance? Apparently NOT!!!

    The tax payers are footing the bill of this marriage. Both Nikita Johnson and Welch bring nothing back to their community. They are a disgrace to the black race and the Proviso community. The students of Proviso will suffer two lifetimes beacause of the devastation they both have caused. I wish them both jail time and a costly divorce!

    Side note: Trottie is okay with the marriage? I thought she and Welch had a fling? She had enough sense to get out while she could. It's to late for Nikita...here comes the bride all dressed in money green!

    By Blogger divorce_court, at 2:05 PM, November 24, 2007  

  • How do the churches prostitute themselves? what churches are you talking about?
    oly one church comes to mind that has a blood sucker at its reins and thats wrong rev. porther.
    he has pimped Maywood for 50 years taking prime property for his self and has leeched off the misery of maywood's people.
    the poor, the hungry and homeless look for help and hope and fall in his clutches and he sucks the rest of there life outa them.
    Wiley may not be a saint- hes a man sent from God to bear witness of the light, he is not the light.
    but, he sure doesnt rip off poor people and hurt people allready down and out. I thank God for sending him to Maywood cause he has made a difference in the lives of the people.

    By Anonymous sis sandra, at 8:19 PM, November 24, 2007  

  • Supporter of Successful People is right on. I know Nikita because her church is very active and visits our church from time to time. What I know of her is that is she extremely intelligent and hardworking. She's also a beautiful person inside and out. I also know Chris from what he has done in the community. We all know he's smart, hardworking, dedicated and also a man of God. I don't know two people more fit for each other. I hope they make it official soon, and post it in the West Suburban Journal, Maywood Herald and anywhere else that will print it. Then, I hope they continue with their efforts to improve Proviso schools. Together.

    By Anonymous Angela, at 11:14 PM, November 24, 2007  

  • Sis Sandra, you're preachin' to the choir. la, la, la. We're you one of Wiley's indiscretions?

    By Anonymous The choir, at 6:47 PM, November 25, 2007  

  • angela obviously u are hallucinating. the only newspaper that will print where those two are going is the times and trib- they are going to jail for fleecing the taxpayers of proviso.
    get a grip.

    By Anonymous get a gripe, at 10:37 PM, November 25, 2007  

  • Moeny Bride thinks,

    How convenient, Welch is marrying Nikita before the new year. He can claim her on his taxes...smart kid! Does she know she is being used and abused?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:02 AM, November 26, 2007  

  • Satan is busiest when he sees the good work of the Lord. A lot of the comments on this story have nothing to do with the topic at hand, and the negative comments about Welch and Johnson are just plain satanic. Those two are a very good couple. They could be the next Bill and Hillary, Barack and Michelle. God has great things in store for them, and all the haters in the world cant stop it. So why don't you start focusing on the topic at hand instead of these two good people.

    By Anonymous Mike, at 10:24 AM, November 26, 2007  

  • Welch and Johnson could also be getting married because a husband and wife cannot be compelled to testify against each other.

    By Anonymous how convenient, at 10:39 AM, November 26, 2007  

  • Focus. Focus.

    By Anonymous Mike, at 11:23 AM, November 26, 2007  

  • Chris could be the next Bill or Barack like Barack or Bill would want to be the next Chris.

    The fact that the Proviso Insider blog posted that Welch extended an invitation to Rev. Jesse Jackson omitted the fact that the Rev. Jacques Conway hosted and got Jackson scheduled to speak at Proviso East. Welch extended an invitation to Conway, President, Board of Education, Oak Park River Forest and close friend of Jackson.

    The fact that Welch has to pay others, out of the D209 budget, to fabricate and distort the truth in his favor is pathetic and wasteful... because it's not working.

    Danielle Ashely Advertising Agency gets paid by Welch, through D209 and on tax payers dime, to administer the blog Proviso Insider.

    I'll swear under oath before Odleson & Sterk... believe that!

    By Anonymous The skirt with the dirt, at 12:14 PM, November 26, 2007  

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