Department of Education Increases Spending on Consultants (again)

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Parents and teachers will be gratified to know that consultants and contractors are still getting their fair share of the SC Department of Education’s spending.

In fact, the $397,876 spent on”Non-State Education and Training Services” in April was a significant increase from previous months!

Even economic stress and uncertainty did not keep the SC Department of Education from spending $30,000 more on consultants  in April  than was spent in March, and $39,000 more than was spent in February!

Even public scrutiny of Jim Rex‘s hiring of political consultants on the taxpayers’ dime did not prevent $11,875 from being paid out to his former campaign manager in April.

Also worth nothing: just days ago Paul Krohne (looking to save money for education consultants?) argued that even talk of school choice in South Carolina was dangerously “expensive” and ought to be ended.

Here is the list of contractors and consultants who were paid by the Department of Education in April:

ZEKE STOKES LLC    $4,180.00
ZEKE STOKES LLC    $4,275.00
ZEKE STOKES LLC    $3,420.00
YVONNE JONES         $1,665.00
WYNN MARTIN SMITH    $300.00
WINYAH EDUCATIONAL CONSULT    $997.50
WESLEY CONSULTING INC    $1,995.00
VT ENTERPRISES LLC    $1,330.00
VT ENTERPRISES LLC    $1,330.00
VINCENT SILVA    $200.00
TRINA STRICKLAND RANDLE    $4,344.00
TRINA STRICKLAND RANDLE    $4,344.00
TRINA STRICKLAND RANDLE    $1,810.00
TRACEE S SIMPSON    $650.00
TITUS DUREN LLC    $1,140.00
TITUS DUREN LLC    $760.00
TIMOTHY J LYDEN    $500.00
THOMAS B WARREN    $1,500.00
TAMELA T USHER    $650.00
SYSTEM WIDE SOLUTIONS INC    $2,667.50
SWANSON EDITORIAL INC    $4,040.00
SUSAN S MCHUGH    $1,330.00
SUE J HINES    $2,612.50
STATE AGENCY    $4,200.00
STATE AGENCY    $5,696.22
SHERRY RIVERS    $50.00
SHERRILL HALL JACO    $1,995.00
SHARON B DIXON    $500.00
SARAH RICHARDSON TURPIN    $650.00
SANDIE J ELLIS    $1,140.00
SANDIE J ELLIS    $2,280.00
SALLY A DUNBAR    $650.00
RWT CONSULTING INC    $1,995.00
RWT CONSULTING INC    $1,995.00
ROSA AND DUANE CONSULTING    $1,995.00
RONALD D MILES    $1,600.00
RON P ROVERI    $100.00
ROMANA BAGNA    $650.00
RODNEY DALE KELLY    $7,980.00
ROBERTA Q WIDER    $2,000.00
ROBERTA Q WIDER    $1,995.00
RITA B SMITH    $1,995.00
RICHARD S THOMPSON    $2,394.00
RHONDA CORLEY    $2,660.00
REX H WHITCOMB    $1,312.50
REGINAL THOMPSON    $50.00
REGINA URUETA    $500.00
RANDY CHRISTMAS    $3,500.00
RACHEL J WILLIAMS    $1,995.00
RACHEL J WILLIAMS    $665.00
R WOLFE & ASSOCIATES    $1,900.00
PWS EDUCATIONAL CONSULTING    $3,810.00
PWS EDUCATIONAL CONSULTING    $6,858.00
PROJECT MGMT GROUP INC    $1,140.00
PHILIP DUNNE FLYNN III    $1,662.50
PENNY T FOYE    $1,000.00
Payee     Amount
PATRICIA M CHRISLEY    $1,977.50
PAMELA SCHELLER    $50.00
PAMELA KAY BEGGS    $500.00
PACKETT COMMUNICATIONS CRP    $2,565.00
OTIS J FREEMAN JR    $3,325.00
NORMA L ASHBURN    $1,235.00
NICK MILASNOVICH    $3,420.00
NICK MILASNOVICH    $1,710.00
NEWTON JAMES & ASSOC LLC    $3,420.00
NANCY J SULLIVAN    $1,400.00
NANCY E BURCHINS    $1,900.00
NANCY E BURCHINS    $3,800.00
NANCY B FORD    $1,330.00
NANCY B FORD    $665.00
MELISSA RAINSFORD    $100.00
MELISSA M CONSTABLE    $500.00
MELANIE D GADDY    $650.00
MELANIE BRADFORD    $1,400.00
MAXINE R SUMPTER    $750.00
MARY M HUGGINS    $1,330.00
MARY KNIGHT ASHE    $2,000.00
MARTHA WATSON    $3,825.00
MARTHA WATSON    $6,258.13
MARTHA CLYATT MESSICK    $3,000.00
MARTHA CLYATT MESSICK    $3,000.00
MARTHA B WILLIAMS    $750.00
MARGARET B WALDEN    $1,100.00
LOVA JEAN BULLMAN    $450.00
LITERACY FOR ALL    $665.00
LINDA P HAWKINS    $2,000.00
LINDA P HAWKINS    $1,995.00
LINDA FRAZIER    $500.00
LINDA ELIZABETH HAINS    $4,800.00
LILLIE G LEWIS    $315.00
LEONARD WILLIAMS    $50.00
LEE SANDERS HARMON    $1,662.50
LEE DANNY SHAW    $1,662.50
LECKYLER V GAILLARD    $332.50
LEAP CONSULTING LLC    $113.05
LEAP CONSULTING LLC    $11,191.95
LC STEPHENS INC    $1,330.00
KIMBERLY R CARMICHAEL    $750.00
KIMBERLY M WARREN PAGE    $500.00
KIMBERLY J HARRELSON    $650.00
KIMBERLY HYMAN-HOPWOOD    $500.00
KIM MCLAURIN GOINS    $300.00
KENNETH E VERBURG    $50.00
KCW CONSULTING LLC    $750.00
KAY H GOSSETT    $3,325.00
KAY GOODING    $997.50
KAY GOODING    $1,995.00
KATHI H GIBSON    $2,660.00
KARENA N HILL    $1,000.00
JUNE GIDEON MULLEN EDUC    $2,327.50
JULIE VON FRANK    $1,520.00
JULIE VON FRANK    $760.00
JULIE VON FRANK    $760.00
JULIA W BALDWIN    $650.00
JUDITH L CANOVA-CHEATWOOD    $2,850.00
JOYCE M DAVIS    $1,330.00
JOYCE HINKSON    $100.00
JOY DUNCAN    $650.00
JOHN DAVID RAFFAELLA    $2,660.00
JOHN DAVID RAFFAELLA    $997.50
JOHN CARROLL WATES    $50.00
JOHANNA O KILLOY    $617.50
JERRY MARTIN    $1,852.50
JENNY H ELLIOTT    $2,992.50
JENNIFER E YOUNG    $2,625.00
JAY P LUTZ    $332.50
JANE W FARRELL    $1,796.37
JANE W FARRELL    $1,591.25
JANE PULLING    $2,660.00
JANE CHASTAIN    $650.00
JANE A EMBLER    $2,992.50
JAMES W JORDAN    $997.50
JAMES P RAMSEY    $2,660.00
JAMES E WRIGHT    $2,450.00
JAMES E WRIGHT    $1,977.50
JACQULYN P BROWN    $2,975.00
INTERSECTIONS INC    $2,469.00
HINSON AND ASSOC    $1,520.00
HELEN A SOULE    $1,400.00
HAROLD MCCLAIN    $4,987.50
HAROLD MCCLAIN    $665.00
HAL W HOWINGTON JR    $3,325.00
GINA D RODRIGUEZ    $650.00
GERALD K PRICE    $1,000.00
GENE RANDOLPH POSEY JR    $650.00
GARCIA S BYRD    $997.50
GAIL C SIMMONS    $665.00
FRANCIS R SARRATT    $2,660.00
FRANCINE W KNOTTS    $2,000.00
FRANCINE W KNOTTS    $2,327.50
FRANCES B BRADBURN    $1,200.00
EVELYN S SMITH    $760.00
ELIZABETH I DROPPLEMAN    $760.00
ELIZABETH G MCKINNEY    $570.00
ELIZABETH G MCKINNEY    $4,560.00
ELIZABETH D REIDENBACH    $650.00
EDUCATION ETC INC    $1,925.00
EDNA MARIE ROSBOROUGH    $1,995.00
EARL N CHOICE    $665.00
DOCIA S JONES    $1,312.50
DILLARD SAMUEL COOK JR    $1,995.00
DIANNE ANDERSON    $1,995.00
DIANE COKER    $500.00
DENNIS THOMPSON JR    $2,280.00
DENISE D ALLEN    $2,300.00
DEBRA L EVANS    $500.00
DEBORAH L GOOCH    $2,850.00
DEBORAH AMMERMAN    $500.00
DAVID E SIMS    $500.00
CYNTHIA A DRAKEFORD    $2,327.50
CONNIE M LONG    $750.00
COASTAL VIDEO AND SOUND    $6,516.00
CLASSROOM EDUCATION SVCS    $1,330.00
CLARKSON PROFESSIONAL    $1,710.00
CHRISTINE T CASTILLO    $1,600.00
CHRISTINE B SANDERS    $2,992.50
CHET HORTON    $50.00
CHERYL C ALLREAD    $1,995.00
CHARLOTTE MORGAN    $500.00
CHARLES DEAN CRABTREE    $1,500.00
CHANNING POWER    $500.00
CAST RESOURCES INC    $10,000.00
CAROLYN AMELIA FESPERMAN    $650.00
CAROL S SUNDERMAN    $2,327.00
CAROL S SUNDERMAN    $665.00
BROOKS GROUP    $2,280.00
BROOKS GROUP    $1,520.00
BROOKS GROUP    $2,280.00
BPM CONSULTING    $1,900.00
BPM CONSULTING    $3,800.00
BPM CONSULTING    $1,900.00
BONNIE HILL LYON    $500.00
BOBBIE P KELLY    $2,992.50
BLADON EDUCATION SVCS LLC    $500.00
BLADON EDUCATION SERVICES    $750.00
BENNY E HENDRIX    $1,400.00
BENNIE M BROWN JR    $1,520.00
BENNIE M BROWN JR    $1,520.00
BENNIE M BROWN JR    $665.00
BENNIE M BROWN JR    $760.00
BARBARA WESTON    $750.00
BARBARA C SMITH    $1,995.00
AUDREY LEE HART    $650.00
ANTHONY M LEMON    $1,330.00
ANSWER    $3,000.00
ANNETTE SAUSSER    $1,330.00
ANNETTE SAUSSER    $997.50
ANNE G SBROCCHI    $1,330.00
ANDREA JILL BECKWITH    $650.00
ANDERSON RESEARCH GROU    $15,675.00
AMY T CLARK    $650.00
ALPHA & OMEGA EDUC SVC LLC    $1,520.00
ALPHA & OMEGA EDUC SVC LLC    $760.00
ALPHA & OMEGA EDUC SVC LLC    $380.00
ALPHA & OMEGA EDUC SVC LLC    $1,140.00
ALISON Y EVANS    $600.00
ADAM ESTES    $1,000.00

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5 responses to “Department of Education Increases Spending on Consultants (again)

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  4. Trina Randle

    When you do your research make sure you interview the people you’re trying to slam. Some of the “consultants” that you are slandering, i.e. me, worked in schools every day. Our classification was consultant because we were paid in some cases through grants and because we didn’t have offices at the Department of Education. These were our full time jobs and the salaries you’ve listed could be for months of work since we weren’t paid regularly like other state employees. We were not just people who dropped in occasionally to do a workshop, getting paid thousands like your story attempts to portray. We worked beside teachers and administrators and students driving sometimes up to two hours one way to do so. So before you just look into public records to justify your causes, look a little harder for the truth. It may make you a little more credible.

    And please remove my name from your blog. It doesn’t look good when I’m googled.

  5. Trina,

    We’re sure you are great. Please consider that Jim Rex’s personal political/ campaign consultant is listed right above you on this list. No doubt there are plenty of other people like yourself who don’t fall under that category, but our point that there is a lot of fat to be trimmed before teachers take a financial hit stands.

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