Grand Jury Petition Filed Against Skiatook Schools

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Updated: 3/19/2010 12:55 pm Published: 3/18/2010 7:10 pm

A petition has been filed for a grand jury investigation into Skiatook Public Schools.

A state audit revealed School Superintendent Gary Johns, Ph.D, grossly overspent on janitorial supplies with one vendor.

The audit shows the school district spent 500% markup on janitorial supplies. The district paid $540 for three mop heads and $60 for an $11 trashcan.

One Skiatook father says his kids were cheated so he filed a petition to find out if anything criminal is going on.

Jason Willingham is one of hundreds of parents who want to know why their kids are not getting the supplies they really need in the classroom.

The father has two children who attend Skiatook schools.

"We need to cut back on paper and we need to cut back on and that hurts our children," says Willingham who filed the petition.

Yet, a state audit shows Superintendent Johnson approved nearly $800,000 in janitorial supplies and a security system that was not installed.

The vendor is Oklahoma City businessman, Rick Enos, E&E Sales.

"We all feel like we've been robbed," says Willingham.

The father wants answers so he filed a petition for a grand jury investigation that would look at, “Any fraud, theft, the misapplication of funds, public corruption, kick-backs, graft or embezzlement of public funds."

The petition also states, “Evidence indicates a pattern from 2004 to 2009 of systematic overcharging, collusion and document falsification in the expenditure of public funds..."

"I'm not saying that there is anything criminal wrongdoing but I just think that something needs to happen, these questions need to be asked so we can stop this from happening again," says Willingham.

Under state law, if the petition is approved Willingham will have 45 days to gather 5,000 signatures from Tulsa County registered voters. Signatures are not limited to Skiatook so they can come from anyone certified in Tulsa County.

"I have no doubt that that many people are upset about this," says Willingham. "We see a whole neglect on what was spent and it's sickening."

A Tulsa County District Judge has until March 24th to decide if there is enough evidence for a grand jury petition.

Skiatook parents will meet on March 25th at 6pm at the Skiatook Community Center to discuss the petition.

On March 12th, the Skiatook school board has voted to fire Johnson. The superintendent has ten days to request a due process hearing regarding his contract.

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Bob the Brain - 3/19/2010 11:10 PM
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I've watched news of public officials riping off the public and taking bribes for years. Why don't they ever go to jail? Is justice finally going to come for tax payers?
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