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Crosby ISD Audit finds false reports, cost over-runs, excesses

By Lewis Spearman

CROSBY – According to the Audit performed by Weaver and Tidwell, L.L.P., Crosby ISD got less money than it expected, spent far more on projects than anticipated, hired more than it could fund, played accounting games to hide financial problems, misrepresented funding, and did not report to T.E.A. adjustments to the ten month budget as required on a 12 month basis beginning in 2016.

Superintendent Davis found that $3.9 million was omitted from payroll. Fraud was committed by intentional omissions from the financial statement in June of 2017, $7.86 Million was omitted from reports.

Anyone that remembers the musical “Camelot” can think that the locals here are experiencing similar situations as the final act during the play or movie, when Lancelot has become a homeless person, and Arthur has been betrayed, lies dying on the field, and has given Percival Excaliber to throw in the lake.

The good news is, however, the audit indicates that the current administration has issued corrective action in the District’s finances. The bad news is, substantial reorganization must take place to not repeat the same situation.

Crosby A.D. quits in March for other offer

Coach Jeff Riordan, second from left, pictured with Crosby Coaches in heyday 2014 after winning Regional Championship. From 1960, the Crosby Cougars went 13-2 that year. Jeff Riordan has Crosby’s most winning 66-18 record from the last seven years. Riordan oversaw much athletic equipment and athletic capital improvements, including 2 baseball and 2 softball fields of all artificial turf in an area known for raising grass. Crosby Stadium grew into “the Jungle” during his tenure, and a lighted real-time video scoreboard became a feature.

CROSBY – It is no secret that the financial condition of Crosby ISD has cost the district some fine people and most knew that would happen when the laying off of over 100 teachers was announced.

The district had to layoff a bunch of coaches and cut the budget for athletics by 60% in 2018.

Riordan was known to have been upset in October of last year when it was announced that Michelle Trotter, later chosen to be Coach of the Year, was to be laid off in spite of her diligence with the Lady Cougar’s Basketball Team. She had been Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator and her last day was going to be Dec. 20. That was prior to the intercession of local parents.

Coach Jeff Riordan, Athletic Director and Head Coach of Crosby Football has indicated he will be leaving after Spring Break but that is unofficial and all await approval of the school board. He has indicated an offer came for an opportunity to return closer to where his extended family lives.

Moore addresses critics, apologizes

Dr. Keith Moore addresses angry public in Crosby.

CROSBY – At the Tuesday meeting of the Crosby ISD Board of Trustees Dr. Keith Moore, former Superintendent of Crosby ISD, came to speak at the Public Hearing portion of the school board meeting to explain what had happened during his tenure.

Dr. Moore was banned from showing up on Crosby ISD property but the Crosby ISD Bus facility now converted to an Executive Office that once was HEB is on records as being a grant of HEB, not Crosby ISD property, to reveal another even older administration’s secret.

The board afforded Moore three minutes to give his about 7 minute address. Then they called time and went on to discover that the Technology Maintenance Fee (computers to a maximum of $40) to students was not allowed by law and the school would have to make their best efforts to reimburse parents for 2016 and 2017 charges. The Board also approved moving forward with implementing new accounting measures, hopefully the origin of oversight.

While the Board was in Executive Session Moore read his 7 minute speech and then he consented to answer questions for about 20 more minutes to an angry and disappointed, near capacity audience in the meeting room.

Dr. Moore began with heavy emotion, saying, “Things happened that I did not mean to. I love this place.”

Houston Methodist Cancer Center at Baytown holds Grand Opening Ceremony

Some of the Houston Methodist Baytown attendees, left to right, Jarren Garrett, VP, operations; Kiska Boyd, director, pharmacy; David P. Bernard, CEO; Becky Chalupa, chief nursing officer; Susan Neel, clinical nurse manager, cancer services; Dr. Atul Shah, gastroenterology/hepatology; George Colon, director, spiritual care & values integration; Dr. Claudia Molina, pathology; Dr. Esther Dubrovsky, breast surgery; Dr. Cesar De Las Casas, medical oncology/hematology; Dr. Shawn Tittle, cancer center medical director; Dr. Walter O’Hara, cardiothoracic surgery; Dr. Ziad Kronfol, colorectal surgery, Dr. Mary Goswitz, radiation oncology

BAYTOWN — (February 15, 2019) — Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital’s newly renovated cancer center held a grand opening for the community on February 12.

The expansion project at the facility located at 4021 Garth Road is designed to meet the growing needs of the community and provide leading edge cancer care. The project includes the addition of infusion therapy suites for medical oncology patients, as well as radiation oncology and improved conference and education facilities for patients and physicians.

“Our nationally recognized experts in cancer care are dedicated to bringing the latest cancer treatment and therapies to our patients,” said David P. Bernard, CEO, Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital. “Through individualized treatment plans and compassionate care, our team of highly trained cancer specialists are working to fight cancer and support those who have it.”

The cancer program specializes in treating some of the most common types of cancer, including breast, lung, prostate and colon, using the most advanced techniques available. The Houston Methodist Cancer Center at Baytown features an experienced, specialized team of medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, oncology nurses and cancer care navigators to help patients and families through their cancer journey. The care team provides services ranging from prevention and diagnosis to advanced treatment follow up and survivorship.

“Our team of clinical experts helps patients and families through their cancer journey—both physically and emotionally—with the goal of reducing or eliminating cancer, seeking new treatment options for highly resistant cancers and providing personalized care to every one of our patients,” said Bernard.

The Houston Methodist Cancer Center also offers screenings, educational events, support groups, clinical trial access and genetic testing close to home.

Harris County Clerk Diane Trautman holds citizens advisory committee meeting

Diane Trautman, Harris
County’s newly elected
Clerk conducts her first of
seven Citizens Advisory
Committee Meeting. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

Wants Election Day Voting at any poll

By Allan Jamail

Houston, Tx. – January 23, 2019 – Diane Trautman Harris County’s newly elected Clerk held her first Election Advisory Committee (EAC) meeting. She hasn’t wasted time in full-filling her campaign pledges of having citizen involvement in her decisions and to make it more convenient for voters to cast their ballots.

To get broad based county-wide citizen involvement Trautman will have seven Election Advisory Committee (EAC) meetings. The meetings will educate and seek input from the minority languages of the county as required under the 1965 and 1975 Voting Rights Act (Section 203). Trautman will include meetings in Spanish, Vietnamese and Chinese. She’ll use these EAC meetings to unveil her Countywide Voting Centers Plan and or her Election Day Vote Center (EDVC) plan.

Another of Trautman’s major campaign pledges was to make it easier for voters to vote on Election Day. If her EDVC plan is approved by Harris County’s Commissioners Court, it would make it possible for anyone to vote on Election Day at an Election Day Vote Center (EDVC) at any of Harris County’s 700-plus polling locations. Currently, county residents have multiple options during early voting, but on Election Day, they can only cast a ballot in their home precinct.