Say no to school district corruption that hurts kids with Olympic dreams!
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In a nutshell
Northside ISD, the largest school district in the San Antonio area and the fourth largest in the State of Texas, has allowed taxpayers to be fleeced by a corrupt employee--she operated a FOR PROFIT diving team and used TAX PAYER FUNDED facilities to earn money for herself, strictly against school policy! Her team, which she finally severed from December 28, 2017 (after the district knew about it since August 2016), also continued to break rules by not having paid the FOR PROFIT rate. They fraudulently held themselves out as a non profit.
The employee was discovered and not only was she not fired, she and other corrupt employees have retaliated against other diving teams that have divers with dreams of making the Olympics. After 18 months of asking for the district to intervene as we advocate for the kids they are meant to serve, she continues to make decisions to the great detriment of dedicated and hard working district diving athletes.
We say no to corruption!
We say yes to having San Antonio produce Olympic level diving athletes!
The right thing to do
The district must remove all corrupt employees. As parents and community, we cannot allow these employees to bully or to make decisions that negatively affect kids. As taxpayers, we cannot have employees who have egregiously broken public trust. The district must also request all employees and teams that have broken district policy to pay the taxpayers back the correct amount due. Any leadership who knew about this employee and did nothing must go!
Because they make up the largest portion of district divers versus other "programming" the district should make the Hellene Clavadistas diving team, which meets all the school board requirements, part of district programming.
Details and background
A 501(c)(3) non profit diving team, the Hellene Clavadistas, has been the target of retaliation by a district employee and the Aquatics Department at Northside Independent School District (NISD) because they discovered egregious wrongdoing and reported it (whistleblowers) after being denied access (in spite of being the only dive team meeting specific board requirements to practice at the facilities).
The employee was using the $15 million aquatics facility and other NISD resources (email, her office, classrooms) for two years to run her for profit diving team without paying any rent. In other words, she personally profited from this Bexar County and NISD funded taxpayer facility. Board Policy specifically prohibits this along with many other acts the employee and the aquatics department have done (fraudulently representing themselves as a non profit, conflict of interest, misuse of public facilities, bullying kids)..
We were made aware that the Aquatics and Athletics Department leadership knew about this occurring and did nothing to stop it. Once we brought it to an even higher level of District Leadership, instead of doing something about it they remained complicit in the retaliation against our kids and found excuses to continue the cover up. Responses to media coverage of the issue indicate they investigated and found no wrongdoing, in spite of legal documents that say otherwise.
Hellene Clavadistas team is made up of 28 divers ages 6 years and up. Our divers are over 80% district kids. The retaliation, which includes drastically reduced time for the kids to practice, new rules not communicated so the team could break them, increase facility fees, keeping our kids in the cold, taking away equipment, has occurred since the team administrator brought the inappropriate behavior to the district's attention. They create programs with little interest and keep our kids out of an empty diving well.
The for profit team, when owned by the employee enjoyed 20+ hours per week at the diving facilities. At this point we are down to 4 hours per week and our athletes were diving outdoors in the dark and in 30 degree weather over the winter because we were denied access to indoor facilities. These time limitations and safety issues inhibit our dedicated athletes greatly.
We have been trying for 18 months with all levels up to the superintendent to get the situation resolved properly and they have continued the cover up and denied wrongdoing.
The corrupt employees and all teams that do not meet district requirements must go!
The Hellene Clavadistas kids must stay as district programming!
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