Oh. My. Lord.
Just when you think things can’t get worse, they get worse — again.
The AJC is reporting that one of our executives, who was hired as a consultant to produce a [in our opinion, sophomoric] report on ‘Safe Schools’ and paid $10,000 for his hard ‘work’, then awarded a cake job as an Associate Superintendent – plagiarized a good deal of his report!
Ty Tagami reports:
An independent contractor who was paid $10,000 by the DeKalb County School District to analyze its alternative education program copied more than a third of his report from scholarly publications posted on the Internet, according to an examination by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and interviews with the authors of the original works.
The contractor, Ralph Taylor, said through a spokesman Wednesday that he’d made an “inexcusable mistake” in not attributing portions of his report and vowed to relinquish his fee. But, he said, “I am not a plagiarist, and plagiarism was not my intent.”
And then, as if it’s not sickening enough that this guy can’t write up a report on his own as simple as the one he produced, we have to be further insulted by our superintendent’s response:
School Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson said Taylor’s job is safe. “The infraction pertains to his work as a consultant, not as an employee,” she said through a spokesman.
Why the supportive response you say? Well, Ralph Taylor is an Atkinson ‘insider’ from North Carolina. Pitiful. As we reported December 12, 2011, “Ralph Taylor, the executive director of alternative education and safe schools at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in Charlotte, N.C., will become DeKalb’s associate superintendent for support services.”
Atkinson sure must ‘owe’ Taylor some kind of debt of gratitude – along the same lines as one of her other consultants [and reference on her resume], Barbara Dilligard, operating under the company name, Karaton Services Inc. Karaton (Barbara) was paid $79,000 for one of those ‘evaluation audits’ and then subsequently hired as a contractor for $99.925.98 in 2012 (squeaking under the recently enacted $100,000 limit necessary to ask for Board approval).
It must be so nice to have powerful friends. And they are all such wonderful examples for our young people!
*From the State website listing all contracts for the school system:
|KARATON SERVICES LLC||$99,925.98||PURCHASED PROFESSIONAL AND TECH SVCS|
|RALPH W TAYLOR||$10,000.00||PURCHASED PROFESSIONAL AND TECH SVCS|
|TAYLOR,RALPH W||DEPUTY/ASSOC/ASSISTANT SUPT||$59,590.11|
+ NOTE: The AJC article informs us that “When the audit was completed, the school board, acting on Atkinson’s recommendation, voted to hire Taylor as associate superintendent for support services. In that job, Taylor earns $117,461 a year and is responsible for monitoring student behavior, discipline and motivation.”
Download the ‘original’ report on Safe Schools at this link: