| Cross post from Jon Pelto's Wait What?
As Rome burns, Adamowski tells Windham taxpayers which companies to hire and what they must do with their public funds....
(An update on Windham by Jonathan Pelto and Mary Gallucci, a Windham parent and education advocate)
As a result of inadequate state funding, Windham's public schools are among the most underfunded in Connecticut and Windham taxpayers are consistently being told they need to put in more money to keep their schools afloat.
Windham's lack of resources was one of the reasons the Connecticut General Assembly went along with Governor Malloy's proposal to install a "Special Master" to oversee Windham's Schools.
When passing the Special Master Law, the Legislature also allocated an additional $1 million per year to help fund Windham's schools.
Of course Steven Adamowski's $225,000 salary came out of those funds, as did his tens of thousands in employee benefits and a secretary housed in Hartford.
Since then, Windham's parents, teachers and taxpayers have learned, the hard way, that Adamowski somehow thinks that money is his to dish out, rather than belonging to Windham and its schools.
Over the last few months, Steven Adamowski announced that "he" had $125,000 to contribute toward an incredibly expensive proposal to combine the financial systems of the Town of Windham and the Windham School Systems.
Just last month, the Willimantic Chronicle newspaper reported that the Windham Town Council had approved a $114,000 contract to pay the consulting firm of Blum Shapiro to serve as the project manager for Windham's financial management project.
Now comes word that the Windham Board of Finance will discuss and possibly take action today to allocate $448,000 to acquire the proprietary "MUNIS Financial System." Apparently the $448,000 is only a portion of the cost that Windham will incur. There are unpublished reports that Windham will also have to come up with $399,000 for a company called Tyler Tech and at least $20K for the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology to host the new system.
While Windham's school are facing unprecedented financial problems, Adamowski is going well beyond his statutory authority and diverting scarce state funds to leverage Windham's financial decision about what software to purchase.
It will come as no surprise that one of MUNIS' existing clients the City of Hartford, Connecticut where Adamowski served for five years as superintendent of schools.
Lost in the rush to purchase the MUNIS system is that the Town of Windham currently uses a software package provided by a company SunGard. Purchased a decade ago, Windham has spent significant amounts of money upgrading the system and there are certainly communities that successfully use SunGard instead of MUNIS to handle coordinated town and school finances.
As the saying goes, the whole thing seems increasingly odd.
Especially considering when Adamowski's duties were expanded to oversee the New London School System the first thing he did was inappropriately STOP their attempt at a coordinated consolidation of their town and school finances system. See: http://nlweb.sx.atl.publicus.c... At the time he made of point of saying such a move required picking the right software.
And meanwhile, when it comes to following the law, just try to find the competitive bid that is required on a project of this magnitude (For example, any bid in excess of $5,000, Windham Ordinance 2-84).
The time has come for Connecticut's State Auditors to look into how Steven Adamowski is using the funds allocated by the Connecticut General Assembly.