Who Are These People, Why Are We STILL Paying Them

south-carolina-education-consultants

Consulting: why fix a broken school system when you can profit from its failures?

The economic forecast is still calling for rain, and public education officials have not been shy about the need for more money.

Despite gloomy predictions about massive cuts cutting out classroom teachers, State Superintendent Rex has been placed in the awkward position of explaining large amounts of spending on education “consultants” and contractors.

Especially uncomfortable was Rex’s attempt to portray payments to former campaign manager Zeke Stokes- and various other holdovers from Inez Tenenbaum’s administration- as vital expenses for improving education in South Carolina.

Education Department spokesman, Jim Foster, claims that fewer employees at the State Department of necessitate the hiring of contractors and consultants to accomplish vital tasks without having to hire a full-time employee.

South Carolina taxpayers are justified in asking why it takes a massive bureaucracy, eating up $24+ Million in salaries (just for employees making $50,000 a year or more) to oversee a public education system that ranks at the bottom of the barrel in basically every nationally normed achievement measurement.

In March of 2009, $366,996 was paid out to consultants and contractors, or “Non State Education and Training Services,” an amount that exceeded the previous months payments by over $8,500.

Here is the list of payments made out to consultants in March 2009.

ZEKE STOKES LLC $1,710.00
YVONNE JONES    $1,400.00
YVONNE JONES    $1,332.00
WYNN MARTIN SMITH    $1,100.00
WINYAH EDUCATIONAL CONSULT    $332.50
WINYAH EDUCATIONAL CONSULT    $332.50
WESLEY CONSULTING INC    $332.50
WESLEY CONSULTING INC    $997.50
VT ENTERPRISES LLC    $332.50
VT ENTERPRISES LLC    $665.00
VIRGINIA JEAN HERROD    $412.50
USC-COLUMBIA CAMPUS    $450.24
TRINA STRICKLAND RANDLE    $6,154.00
TRINA STRICKLAND RANDLE    $2,896.00
TRACEY C CAMPBELL    $3,300.00
TITUS DUREN LLC    $760.00
TITUS DUREN LLC    $1,140.00
THE TONEY GROUP    $1,900.00
THE FARRELL GROUP    $2,350.00
THE ASSIGNMENT AGENCY    $6,000.00
TAMRA PASCHAL    $200.00
SYSTEM WIDE SOLUTIONS INC    $2,400.00
SWANSON EDITORIAL INC    $1,280.00
SWANSON EDITORIAL INC    $900.00
SUSAN S MCHUGH    $332.50
SUSAN S MCHUGH    $665.00
SUE J HINES    $2,612.50
STREETMAN RESOURCES INC    $1,600.00
STREETMAN RESOURCES INC    $400.00
STRATEGIC SOLUTIONS FOR    $332.50
STRATEGIC INNOVATIONS    $2,500.00
STEPHANIE P BETTIS    $650.00
SHERRILL HALL JACO    $332.50
SHERRILL HALL JACO    $1,333.00
SHEILA Y RAGIN    $100.00
SHAWN R WOOTON    $500.00
SC ASSOC OF SCHOOL ADMINIS    $30,270.00
SANDIE J ELLIS    $2,280.00
SANDIE J ELLIS    $1,200.00
SANDIE J ELLIS    $5,700.00
SALLY EDWARDS    $100.00
RWT CONSULTING INC    $332.50
RWT CONSULTING INC    $1,330.00
ROSANNE D MONTJOY    $200.00
ROSA AND DUANE CONSULTING    $332.50
ROSA AND DUANE CONSULTING    $1,330.00
RONALD D MILES    $200.00
RODNEY DALE KELLY    $3,225.00
RODNEY DALE KELLY    $2,992.50
ROBERTA Q WIDER    $332.50
ROBERTA Q WIDER    $997.50
RITA B SMITH    $332.50
RITA B SMITH    $1,995.00
RICHARD S THOMPSON    $561.60
RICHARD S THOMPSON    $1,453.50
REX H WHITCOMB    $1,015.00
REBECCA D LOVE    $200.00
RACHEL J WILLIAMS    $1,995.00
PROJECT MGMT GROUP INC    $2,280.00
PROJECT MGMT GROUP INC    $1,520.00
PHYLLIS R COWDEN    $950.00
PHILIP DUNNE FLYNN III    $1,662.50
PEE DEE REGIONAL COUNCIL    $234.00
PAUL HICKMAN    $950.00
PATRICIA S OGLETREE    $200.00
PATRICIA M CHRISLEY    $350.00
PATRICIA M CHRISLEY    $997.50
PARRIE L HOOK    $500.00
PAMELA KAY BEGGS    $2,000.00
PACKETT COMMUNICATIONS CRP    $2,090.00
PACKETT COMMUNICATIONS CRP    $2,660.00
OTIS J FREEMAN JR    $332.50
OTIS J FREEMAN JR    $1,662.50
NICK MILASNOVICH    $1,425.00
NEWTON JAMES & ASSOC LLC    $2,340.00
NEWTON JAMES & ASSOC LLC    $2,660.00
NANCY E BURCHINS    $1,600.00
NANCY B FORD    $332.50
NANCY B FORD    $665.00
MOHR EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATE    $1,800.00
MICHAND CONSULTING    $950.00
MICHAELE LEMROW    $500.00
MELVIN HAYES MIZELL    $800.00
MELISSA RENE PHILLIPS    $625.00
MELINDA MADDOX    $1,200.00
MARY M HUGGINS    $332.50
MARY M HUGGINS    $997.50
MARTHA WATSON    $2,337.50
MARTHA WATSON    $6,658.00
MARTHA CLYATT MESSICK    $3,000.00
MARILYN S JENKINS    $200.00
MAL HYMAN    $2,450.00
MAHALIA BUCKNER    $300.00
LUKE DUESBERRY    $3,000.00
LITERACY FOR ALL    $332.50
LISA FOSTER    $350.00
LISA CARRIGAN    $1,000.00
LINDA P HAWKINS    $332.50
LINDA P HAWKINS    $665.00
LINDA ELIZABETH HAINS    $2,500.00
LINDA ELIZABETH HAINS    $6,000.00
LILLIE G LEWIS    $350.00
LILLIE G LEWIS    $665.00
LEE SANDERS HARMON    $1,332.00
LEE DANNY SHAW    $332.50
LEE DANNY SHAW    $997.50
LEE DANNY SHAW    $350.00
LECKYLER V GAILLARD    $332.50
LECKYLER V GAILLARD    $332.50
LECINDA R JENNINGS    $100.00
LC STEPHENS INC    $332.50
LC STEPHENS INC    $1,330.00
LAUREN L HARRISON    $200.00
LARRY C HOUK JR    $2,100.00
LANA E WILLIAMS    $500.00
L SAYLOR ENTERPRISES LLC    $1,050.00
KIMBERLY R TAYLOR    $200.00
KENNETH LAKE    $100.00
KEITH CAGLE    $500.00
KAY H GOSSETT    $332.50
KAY H GOSSETT    $997.50
KAY GOODING    $332.50
KAY GOODING    $997.50
KATHLEEN NEWSOME    $332.50
KATHLEEN NEWSOME    $1,995.00
KATHLEEN CARR    $3,300.00
KATHI H GIBSON    $332.50
KATHI H GIBSON    $2,800.00
KATHI H GIBSON    $1,330.00
KATHARINE S HARVIN    $3,850.00
KATHARINE S HARVIN    $4,995.00
KARIN T VUKOVINSKY    $2,450.00
KARENA N HILL    $1,000.00
KAREN ELDRIDGE & ASSOC LLC    $1,050.00
JUNE GIDEON MULLEN EDUC    $997.50
JULIE VON FRANK    $380.00
JULIE VON FRANK    $760.00
JULIE VON FRANK    $760.00
JULIE VON FRANK    $1,140.00
JULIA MARKLEY    $200.00
JULIA A FISHER    $2,450.00
JUDITH L CANOVA-CHEATWOOD    $3,000.00
JOYCE M DAVIS    $665.00
JOYCE HINKSON    $1,200.00
JOHN DAVID RAFFAELLA    $332.50
JOHN DAVID RAFFAELLA    $1,330.00
JENNY H ELLIOTT    $332.50
JENNY H ELLIOTT    $1,300.00
JENNIFER SUE LAPOINTE    $1,800.00
JAY P LUTZ    $332.50
JAY P LUTZ    $665.00
JARVIS LAMB    $100.00
JANET R SMALLEY    $3,000.00
JANE W FARRELL    $1,037.50
JANE PULLING    $332.50
JANE PULLING    $997.50
JANE A EMBLER    $332.50
JANE A EMBLER    $700.00
JANE A EMBLER    $1,995.00
JAMES W JORDAN    $350.00
JAMES W JORDAN    $332.50
JAMES P RAMSEY    $332.50
JAMES P RAMSEY    $997.50
JAMES G BOARDMAN    $1,100.00
JAMES E WRIGHT    $1,680.00
JACQULYN P BROWN    $1,347.50
INTERSECTIONS INC    $1,950.00
HERBERT O GUERRY JR    $100.00
HAROLD MCCLAIN    $332.50
HAL W HOWINGTON JR    $1,330.00
GLORIA IBEH    $100.00
GEORGIA B CLOER    $1,650.00
GAY NELL MCGINNIS    $650.00
GARCIA S BYRD    $332.50
GARCIA S BYRD    $700.00
GARCIA S BYRD    $665.00
GAIL C SIMMONS    $332.50
GAIL C SIMMONS    $332.50
FRANCIS R SARRATT    $1,032.50
FRANCIS R SARRATT    $1,330.00
FRANCINE W KNOTTS    $332.50
FRANCINE W KNOTTS    $997.50
FRANCINE W KNOTTS    $700.00
FRANCES ANNE J MACE    $2,000.00
FITZMAURICE INTERPRETING    $5,000.00
FITZMAURICE INTERPRETING    $2,500.00
FELICIA OLIVER    $200.00
EVELYN S SMITH    $1,900.00
EVELYN S SMITH    $1,520.00
ELIZABETH G MCKINNEY    $4,400.00
ELIZABETH G MCKINNEY    $1,940.00
EDUCATIONAL POLICY INITIAT    $6,000.00
EDUCATION BUILDERS    $2,850.00
EDNA MARIE ROSBOROUGH    $332.50
EDNA MARIE ROSBOROUGH    $997.50
EARL N CHOICE    $665.00
DUANE F RUPERT    $1,332.00
DON GILLMAN    $100.00
DOCIA S JONES    $350.00
DOCIA S JONES    $665.00
DILLARD SAMUEL COOK JR    $332.50
DIANNE ANDERSON    $332.50
DIANNE ANDERSON    $997.50
DENNIS THOMPSON JR    $760.00
DENNIS THOMPSON JR    $1,200.00
DENNIS THOMPSON JR    $1,520.00
DELORIS M HAMILTON    $200.00
DEBRA BARRON    $200.00
DEBORAH L GOOCH    $2,000.00
CYNTHIA A DRAKEFORD    $1,330.00
CRISTEN CLEES MITCHUM    $500.00
CONNIE M COATS    $200.00
COASTAL VIDEO AND SOUND    $6,858.00
COASTAL VIDEO AND SOUND    $5,792.00
CLASSROOM REVOLUTION_LLC    $6,500.00
CLASSROOM EDUCATION SVCS    $665.00
CHRISTINE B SANDERS    $332.50
CHRISTINE B SANDERS    $997.50
CHERYL J MCCLURE    $50.00
CHERYL C ALLREAD    $997.50
CHERYL A PORTER    $500.00
CHARLES T CAMPBELL    $50.00
CENGAGE LEARNING INC    $1,199.47
CATHERINE ROBINSON    $200.00
CAROLYN BEASLEY SHORTT    $500.00
CAROL SUNDERMAN    $332.50
CAROL MCALPIN    $200.00
BROOKS MOORE    $2,280.00
BOBBIE P KELLY    $332.50
BOBBIE P KELLY    $997.50
BEVERLY EMANUEL    $950.00
BETHESDA MOORE    $100.00
BENNIE M BROWN JR    $3,040.00
BENNIE M BROWN JR    $1,520.00
BENNIE M BROWN JR    $1,520.00
BENNIE M BROWN JR    $1,520.00
BARBARA C SMITH    $332.50
BARBARA C SMITH    $1,330.00
AURELIA HAMILTON    $100.00
ANTHONY M LEMON    $332.50
ANTHONY M LEMON    $665.00
ANNETTE SAUSSER    $332.50
ANNETTE SAUSSER    $665.00
ANNETTE SAUSSER    $332.50
ANNETTE SAUSSER    $700.00
ANNE G SBROCCHI    $332.50
ANNE G SBROCCHI    $332.50
ANN C SHREVE    $1,050.00
ANGELA BAIN CONSULTING    $1,925.00
ANDERSON RESEARCH GROU    $15,675.00
AMANDA CONNORS    $2,500.00
ALPHA & OMEGA EDUC SVC LLC    $1,140.00
ALPHA & OMEGA EDUC SVC LLC    $1,520.00
ALPHA & OMEGA EDUC SVC LLC    $760.00
ALPHA & OMEGA EDUC SVC LLC    $1,140.00
ALPHA & OMEGA EDUC SVC LLC    $760.00
ABBEVILLE CNTY SCHOOL DIST    $112.50
21ST CENTURY GRANTS    $700.00

5 responses to “Who Are These People, Why Are We STILL Paying Them

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  2. Instead of complaining why don’t you ask the indivuduals themselves, I am sure they’d answser you. I am also sure it is part of some public record.

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