Department of Education Spends $333,791 on Consultants in May

Jim Rex

“Of course everyone gets a fair deal!”

The month of May came, went, and left behind a $333,791.00 tab in consultant and contractor fees for the taxpayers of South Carolina, courtesy of the Department of Education.

Thankfully this is a decrease from April, when Rex’s department spent almost $400, ooo on non-state employee “education and training services.”

Despite a steady stream of complaints from administrators about how budget cuts are forcing the Department of Education to do its work on a “bare bones” budget, the bureaucracy has managed to find enough money to continue paying out political consultants and contractors. Teachers have been cut, but spending has been maintained for former employees of political campaigns.

  • January-$296,526
  • February-$358,398
  • March-$366,996
  • April-$397,876
  • May-$333,791
  • YEAR-TO-DATE: $1.7 million to consultants and contractors

Jim Rex -and other public education “leaders“- need to face the financial challenges before South Carolina public schools through prioritization and accountability. Instead of seeking to maintain a budget fraught with fat and waste, true leaders would step forward to cut costs that are unproductive, and not directly affecting classroom instruction. This would mean not retaining personal political advisers at the expense of teachers. South Carolina families deserve schools that are able to educate their children, not getting stuck with the tab for Rex’s political aspirations.

Here is the list of contractors and consultants paid by the State Department of Education in May of 2009:

ZEKE STOKES LLC    $2,280.00
ZEKE STOKES LLC    $3,040.00
YVONNE JONES    $333.00
WYNN MARTIN SMITH    $100.00
WENDY RENEE AUTHER    $50.00
WANDA J ROBINSON    $50.00
VT ENTERPRISES LLC    $332.50
VIRGINIA P CAPPS    $50.00
TRINA STRICKLAND RANDLE    $4,344.00
TITUS DUREN LLC    $760.00
TITUS DUREN LLC    $760.00
TITUS DUREN LLC    $1,140.00
THOMAS B WARREN    $2,850.00
THE CENTER FOR CREATIVE    $46,612.00
SYSTEM WIDE SOLUTIONS INC    $2,546.25
SYSTEM WIDE SOLUTIONS INC    $2,636.25
SWANSON EDITORIAL INC    $1,500.00
SUSAN E LONGSHORE    $1,400.00
SUE J HINES    $2,612.50
STRATEGIC SOLUTIONS FOR    $997.50
STRATEGIC INNOVATIONS    $4,500.00
STRATEGIC INNOVATIONS    $7,200.00
STATE AGENCY    $4,958.55
STATE AGENCY    $3,368.76
SONYA BALL    $4,000.00
SONJIA HAMPTON    $50.00
SHERRILL HALL JACO    $1,330.00
SHERRILL HALL JACO    $665.00
SHELLEY HAMILL    $1,000.00
SC COMMUNITY ENTERPRISE    $16,500.00
SARAH J WILSON    $50.00
SANDIE J ELLIS    $1,900.00
SANDIE J ELLIS    $4,180.00
ROY H FORBES    $1,250.00
ROSANNE D MONTJOY    $900.00
RONALD D MILES    $100.00
RONALD D MILES    $200.00
ROBIN RICHARDSON    $50.00
ROBERT KIRTON    $3,000.00
RICHARD S THOMPSON    $1,710.00
RICHARD S THOMPSON    $1,624.50
RHONDA GARRETT    $1,000.00
RHONDA CORLEY    $3,800.00
REGENTS OF UNIV OF CA    $2,034.00
RANDY CHRISTMAS    $2,000.00
R WOLFE & ASSOCIATES    $7,220.00
PWS EDUCATIONAL CONSULTING    $7,620.00
PROJECT MGMT GROUP INC    $1,140.00
PROJECT MGMT GROUP INC    $760.00
PILANT AND ASSOCIATES    $1,500.00
Payee     Amount
PATRICIA HOLIDAY    $50.00
PAMELA KAY BEGGS    $1,500.00
PACKETT COMMUNICATIONS CRP    $3,230.00
PACKETT COMMUNICATIONS CRP    $2,565.00
PACKETT COMMUNICATIONS CRP    $2,042.50
ORA LEE WILSON    $50.00
ODELL STUCKEY    $100.00
NORTH SEATTLE COMM COLLEGE    $2,500.00
NINA FEEMSTER    $2,100.00
NEWTON JAMES & ASSOC LLC    $1,900.00
NANCY WILSON    $50.00
NANCY J SULLIVAN    $100.00
NANCY E BURCHINS    $3,420.00
MOHR EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATE    $2,280.00
MLS CONSULTING LLC    $9,500.00
MLS CONSULTING LLC    $3,000.00
MLS CONSULTING LLC    $2,850.00
MEZETTA L HUGGINS    $50.00
MELISSA M CONSTABLE    $500.00
MELANIE MCMILLAN    $50.00
MAXINE R SUMPTER    $1,000.00
MAX T JAMISON    $3,000.00
MAX T JAMISON    $2,850.00
MARTHA WATSON    $4,145.16
MARTHA DAVIS    $1,400.00
MARTHA CLYATT MESSICK    $2,850.00
MARTHA B WILLIAMS    $1,000.00
MARGARET B WALDEN    $200.00
MAE NOTOMA    $50.00
LOVA JEAN BULLMAN    $450.00
LISA CARRIGAN    $1,000.00
LINDSAY CONSULTING  LLC    $5,400.00
LINDA FRAZIER    $500.00
LINDA ELIZABETH HAINS    $5,400.00
LINDA ARNAE RANDOLPH    $50.00
LIBBY M VAIL-MAYNARD    $1,000.00
LEE SANDERS HARMON    $665.00
LEE DANNY SHAW    $665.00
LEE DANNY SHAW    $332.50
KIMBERLY R CARMICHAEL    $1,000.00
KIMBERLY JORDAN    $50.00
KCW CONSULTING LLC    $1,000.00
KAY H GOSSETT    $332.50
KATHY J KENT    $1,000.00
JULIE VON FRANK    $1,140.00
JULIE VON FRANK    $760.00
JULIE VON FRANK    $1,140.00
JUDY POOLE ORMAN    $1,000.00
JUDITH L CANOVA-CHEATWOOD    $5,700.00
JOYCE F HINKSON    $100.00
JERRY R KIRKLEY    $50.00
JEFFREY TODD BOOZER    $2,850.00
JANE W FARRELL    $1,971.25
JANE A EMBLER    $1,995.00
JAMES I MELVIN    $1,000.00
JAMES G BOARDMAN    $400.00
JAMES E WRIGHT    $332.50
HINSON AND ASSOC    $1,664.00
GRACE H SALTERS    $1,500.00
GINA OLIVERIO    $50.00
GARCIA S BYRD    $665.00
GARCIA S BYRD    $332.50
FRENCHRIST JACKSON    $50.00
FRANCIS R SARRATT    $665.00
FRANCIS R SARRATT    $332.50
FRANCES B BRADBURN    $300.00
FRANCES ANNE J MACE    $1,000.00
FLORENCE KNIGHT    $50.00
EVERETT WAYNE CHAPMAN    $50.00
EVELYN S SMITH    $1,900.00
EVELYN S SMITH    $1,520.00
EVA B BROWN    $50.00
ELIZABETH G MCKINNEY    $3,040.00
DOMINIQUE L HEYWARD    $50.00
DIANE COKER    $500.00
DENNIS THOMPSON JR    $1,900.00
DEBORAH MILLER    $1,000.00
DEBORAH L GOOCH    $950.00
DEBORAH L GOOCH    $950.00
DEBORAH K ROBINSON    $50.00
DEBORAH AMMERMAN    $500.00
CONNIE M LONG    $750.00
COMMAND SPANISH INC    $14,000.00
COASTAL VIDEO AND SOUND    $6,516.00
CLARKSON PROFESSIONAL    $4,750.00
CINDY LUE MARTIN    $3,000.00
CHRISTINE B SANDERS    $332.50
CHARLES DEAN CRABTREE    $5,700.00
CASEY ELLISOR    $3,300.00
CASENEX    $3,000.00
CAROLYN TOOMER    $50.00
BROOKS GROUP    $2,280.00
BROOKS GROUP    $1,140.00
BPM CONSULTING    $1,520.00
BPM CONSULTING    $1,140.00
BPM CONSULTING    $760.00
BLADON EDUCATION SERVICES    $1,000.00
BEYONKA WIDER    $2,850.00
BERNARD TED ASCHENBRAND    $650.00
BENNIE M BROWRN J    $1,140.00
BENNIE M BROWN JR    $1,520.00
BENNIE M BROWN JR    $1,520.00
BARBARA WESTON    $1,000.00
ARTELIA MCCLARY    $50.00
ANNETTE SAUSSER    $665.00
ANNETTE SAUSSER    $332.50
ANGELA BARR    $50.00
ALPHA & OMEGA EDUC SVC LLC    $760.00
ALPHA & OMEGA EDUC SVC LLC    $760.00
ALPHA & OMEGA EDUC SVC LLC    $1,900.00
21ST CENTURY GRANTS    $665.00

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6 responses to “Department of Education Spends $333,791 on Consultants in May

  1. Wow! $14K to a company called Command Spanish — what did they do for us? Thought we had plenty of Spanish teachers in the state. Sounds like a ripoff.

  2. Any correlation to campaign donations?

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