In Facebook conversations, Douglas blasted the Turner Report for reporting that he and former board president Brett Day were making decisions without consulting their fellow board members and that change orders for the Junior High building project did not go through the board.
"There was a great deal of misinformation in his blog post," Douglas told one constituent. "Specifically, to the "Change Orders"...we followed all Board Policies on approval of Change Orders."
Douglas' version of what happened with change orders did not square with another statement made by a board member- Steve Douglas.
Before the Turner Report revealed the lack of board approval for change orders, Douglas confided in a Facebook conversation with a district patron that mistakes were made.
"Some change orders were not voted upon individually," Douglas said. "I believe the policy says they must be if they are $10,000 or more. Those in charge of the project at the Central Office weren't aware of that policy.
"We are exploring how to fix that in the future."
When a Facebook friend asked Douglas to explain what was inaccurate in the Turner Report, Douglas declined to answer, referring the friend to a power point presentation that was created last year to explain why, contrary to any numbers that had been released to the public, the Junior High project came in under budget.
The power point presentation also failed to explain why all five members of the Finance Department with a total of 47 years of service to the district were gone shortly after questioning what they perceived as unethical practices and a lack of transparency with district patrons or why the district signed a non-disparagement agreement with the architectural firm for the project after it was discovered that the project was well above budget.
Douglas said he was too busy to deal with all of that.
"I don't have time this evening to go point by point through Turner's Blog and writing a rebuttal here would be lengthy."
Twenty-two days have passed since Douglas wrote those words. The people of the Neosho R-5 School District are still waiting to hear his point-by-point rebuttal.
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