9/20/07 Sherri Brokaw
vs. DISD, Dr. Hinojosa, et al
Sherri Brokaw is a courageous woman, but she was
always a faithful employee of the Dallas Independent School District, who loved
her job. When the hearings on her proposed termination came up, she had the
backbone to open up an otherwise closed hearing to the public, including the
media. The hearings were not only about the DISD's
effort to terminate Ms. Brokaw, thereby attempting to vindicate DISD?s behavior
towards her and the public, but they were also about clearing her good name in
the public eye, after disparaging remarks made by Celso Martinez were published
by the Dallas Morning News.
?As General Superintendent, I have general knowledge regarding the District?s former procurement card (?P-Card?) program. However, I do not have any personal, specialized, or detailed knowledge of the specific practices and procedures of this program, which was itself instituted several years before my arrival at the District. My knowledge regarding specific practices, procedures, and possible abuses of the P-Card program has been gained solely through communications with both the District?s in-house counsel and its counsel at Fish & Richardson. These communications were made specifically for the purpose of obtaining legal advice for the District.?
Importantly, when the termination process concerning Ms. Brokaw was on going, the hearings revealed that someone in the DISD administration sanitized Ms. Brokaw?s DISD computer to delete the reporting memos written by Sherri Brokaw to her superiors about Gloria Orapello. This directly implicates the DISD as a whole in a cover-up of employees? misdeeds, and should be construed as an attempt to obstruct justice.
To add insult to injury, Dr, Hinojosa and DISD retained Fish & Richardson to do an outside, ?independent? investigation into the Pcard program, further in an effort to sanitize the DISD Administration from blame in the collapse of the program. The budgeted amount of this so-called ?independent? investigation was a price tag of $1 Million of taxpayer?s money.
When Sherri was placed on administrative leave with pay, and the news of the administrative leave hit the Dallas Morning News, Celso Martinez, the official spokesperson of the DISD at the time, threw her to the wolves. And then, Ms. Brokaw was gagged by DISD from talking to the news media about the Pcard program.
Now, is that fair? Sherri Brokaw says no, and she intends to prove it in Court. Hopefully it is understandable that Ms. Brokaw seeks to expose DISD Administration officials in attempting to cover up the Pcard ?scandal? (obstruction, if you will), and to then scapegoat her as the villain.
To add further insult to
injury, we have discovered that the Judicial Panel appointed by Hinojosa
rendered a decision in late August, 2007, which ruled that the proposed
termination of Ms. Brokaw be rescinded, and that Ms. Brokaw be returned to work
in the District. When Hinojosa learned of this decision, which we contend would
have ?cleared her name?, Dr. Hinojosa blew his stack, and directed DISD
attorneys to ?withdraw? its termination action against Ms. Brokaw, all on the
last day of her current contract with DISD.
Thus, after all the wailing and gnashing of teeth, after the DMN labeled the Pcard program as corrupt, and a $1 Million ?investigation?, Dr. Hinojosa was told the underlying truth about Ms. Brokaw, by his own employees, and he still sticks his head in the sand and will not face the truth. Dr. Hinojosa?s efforts to place the blame on Ms. Brokaw failed, and Dr. Hinojosa will be shown to be nothing more than a titular head of DISD, a little tyrant, who wouldn?t know the truth, or acknowledge it, even when it hits him upside the head.
this case, as DallasArena.com quotes
Jim Schutze: ?Nobody sees
a conspiracy after they join it. Then it?s a project.?
Jim Schutze, DallasObserver.com, 7/1/04. I should think your readers would
think this is a pretty poor example for top DISD administrators to set for DISD
students, teachers and the public. After all, the whole idea is educating ? not
instructing on how to obstruct the truth and put a spin on plain embarrassment.