Wednesday, April 25, 2012

HCDE #14 – Taxpayers Pick Up the Tab at Brennan’s!!!


UPDATE:

         Yesterday, 4/27/12, HCDE canceled
          their board retreat for 4/28/12.   
                 

                 Also, See comment #3 below from an
                         HCDE board member on 4/26/12:


                             "Just called the Board President.
                                  The dinner is canceled."
                                               Roy Morales


Remember last year when the Harris County Department of Education (HCDE) wanted to increase their local tax revenue  because they had “cut to the bone” and needed more of our hard earned money just to break even? Well, it seems that “cut to the bone” meant they have been charging us for dinners at Brennan’s when they have board of trustee “retreats.” 

For those of you that don’t know  Brennan’s, it is a famous 4 star restaurant in Houston, well known for it’s outstanding cuisine and service. It is also pricey $$$ ($30-60/person on average) plus valet parking. Not exactly what most taxpayers have in mind when they are picking up the tab for a school board dinner.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0IFeJoabzo&feature=player_embedded

ALERT:  This Saturday, April 28, 2012 the HCDE board of trustees is was planning another Brennan’s dinner (dinner canceled). Only, this time, they know citizens are paying attention. So, when they posted the board retreat, they only printed the address where their retreat dinner would be held. They conveniently left out the name of the restaurant.  Do they really think the taxpayers are so stupid that we can’t do a simple Google address search to see where the board of trustees will be eating on our dime?

If this makes you as angry as it makes me, let the board know. Let them know you expect them to select reasonably priced restaurants when they feel they need to eat out on the taxpayers’ tab. These board members  were elected to REPRESENT THE PEOPLE, NOT TO SPEND THE PEOPLE'S MONEY on fancy dinners out on Saturday night.

Here are the 7 board members email addresses and the HCDE administration email and number so you can let them know what you think of how they spend the taxpayers’ hard earned money .

chesnut3 Angie Chesnut, Board President Precinct 4    mailto:achesnut@hcde-texas.org

evans facebook photo Louis D. Evans, III , Board Vice-President  Precinct 3   levans@hcde-texas.org

henley facebook photo Jim Henley  At Large jhenley@hcde-texas.org
kerner facebook photo Debra Kerner  At Large dkerner@hcde-texas.org
morris facebook photo cropped Marvin W. Morris  Precinct 2 mmorris@hcde-texas.org
 wolfe Michael Wolfe  At Large mwolfe@hcde-texas.org
morales facebook photo LT. COL. (Ret.) Roy Morales  Precinct 1 rmorales@hcde-texas.org

sawyer John E. Sawyer, Ed.D. , Superintendent   713-694-6300 / 713-696-0715


And, if you’d like to attend the HCDE Board Retreat  this Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00pm,(canceled) their meetings are open to the public.  It is a great time to see just how your elected officials spend your tax dollars.  As you look around, just remember that YOU PAID FOR EVERYTHING!!! Oh, don’t forget to bring your own snacks and beverages for the day. The beautiful buffet you paid for is only for the board members and staff, not for the general public.

Location: HCDE Board Conference Room
                 6300 Irvington Boulevard

See you Saturday.

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