Thursday, September 1, 2016

How Lakewood BOE spends your Tax Dollars

Lakewood School taxes went up on average of $400. The school district Purchased a fleet of 10 school buses two payments were made to H.A DeHart and son one for $790,446.10  an additional payment of $522,588. The average new school bus cost between 65K to 85K

32 Imac computers from Apple for $47,698.00 for Clifton Avenue school.
Thats $1500 per computer!!

330 Chromebooks from CDW for $115,500 for Clifton avenue school.
Average chrome book is $200 it should be a total of $66,000.

14 smart boards from teq for 80k for spruce street school

15 comments:

  1. So is this spending with the oversight of the state monitor and approved by the boe members elected by the taxpayers?

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  2. That is way above market value for all of those items. What am I missing? Where is the extra money going?

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  3. So they are paying

    $450k more to lease buses, than to buy new ones

    $48k Extra on Chromebooks (actually more, you can get a perfectly good ASUS Chromebook for $169 on Google site)

    $40K extra on the smartboards, and that is assuming you got the most expensive one they sell, they start at half that.

    Someone needs to be fired.


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  4. What ana outrgae!! Lakewood homeowners are taxed through the roof and the state appointed monitor approves spending that just wastes tax dollars like water. Sue the district fire all those who approved this what some would call out right theft of tax payer dollars.

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  5. As someone who is responsible for technology purchasing for my company, and my job is to save money while buy to spec, I can say these prices are insane. Sure there is a mac which costs $1500 a piece but it's not a necessary expense, let alone for a district that's out of money.

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  6. Before the State monitor came to town,the Mosdos were allowed to buy from any vendor at the cheapest prices. Now ,the Mosdos have to use only the State approved vendors and can't shop for bargains. So they are paying double in some cases for items that you and I can buy on sale online because the State rules dont allow them to shop anywhere. The net result is that a typical Mosad is getting much less for the same amount of technology money because they have to pay more per item. Its called government waste.

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  7. Where is the response from boe member Zlatkin Or Rabbi schnall? arent they looking out for the community? they are always quick with responses on the poop when its a good PR story.

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  8. What do you want from them. These are the usual wasteful government regulations that every government agency faces. You do realize that it costs the state 35 million to build a new school building that our heimishe contractors can build for 18 million or less. But state prevailing wage regulations force the government to pay more than double. Why are you blaming anybody here for the State regulations. Go change the government if you can.

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  9. The state actually forbids you from going to amazon or e bay or fell when on sale. You need to follow their purchasing rules and buy from,their vendors and their rules do not allow for the flexibility of buying quickly when things are on sale online.Mist state governments have similar rules. That's why the us army pays 250 dollars for a wrench that you can but on Amazon for 39 dollars.

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    1. They paid more than list price

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  10. If you have no idea about state spending ,then don't bash people. The state spends a lot more than you and I do on products. Their crazy rules font allow you to go to amazon and buy things cheap. They have approved vendors and crazy regulations.

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  11. This has nothing to do with state spending. It has everything to do with incompetence and total disregard to hard earned money taken from tax payers. The district has no acountability ans a state monitor that is clueless.
    Did they have to purchase 10 school buses? did they have to pay 5 times the amount? its free money to spend its about time people see whats going on and take action.

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  12. The same reason why SCHI spends so much per student because they are alowed to or mandated under state regulations. The bigger picture is that these companies and industries lobby the politicians to pass these rules in the first place. Vote for TRUMP and throw all the bums out.

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  13. The state monitor is the only one who has authority over spending. He overrides the board members on everything.

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  14. Does the price include software? Security? Ability to monitor each computer?
    These items can easily exceed the cost of the computer itself by multiples. Let's see the details before we rush to judgement.

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