The popular adage, ‘when it rains it pours’ can be applied for the Barrow administration as there is yet another investigation to be carried out involving the questionable transactions amounting to over two point five million dollars. Tomorrow’s House Meeting will see two reports from the Auditor General tabled for review. The first has to do with the Julian Cho Technical High School. In the 92-page report from the Auditor General, page twelve reads, quote, “Contracts issued by the Julian Cho Technical High School were not in compliance with the Finance and Audit Reform Act.” End of quote. The report is for the period April 2014 through to September 2016 whereas much as nineteen contracts were awarded without either being put out to tender or receiving approval from the Contractor General. Of those nineteen contracts, twelve of them were verbal with no supporting documentation. The report noted, quote, “we found instances where contract totaling approximately one million three hundred and seventy-seven dollars and sixty-one cents were awarded to six staff members relating to construction works, supplies, and services. Francisco Recinos, the school’s Math, Religion and Physics teacher reportedly received just over one point one million dollars; Joseph Supal received almost thirty-one thousand dollars; Oliver Garay, the school’s construction teacher got over ninety-two thousand dollars; the school’s IT teachers, Derick Borland received over one hundred and four thousand dollars while the then Vice Principal, Winston Lopez got just over twelve thousand dollars. The principal was reportedly questioned on the awarding of these jobs and he responded saying that he was comfortable in the staff’s knowledge and expertise in carrying out the works assigned to them. Interestingly enough, the report later stated, quote, “during the audit we physically examined some of the projects from a layman’s point. In one particular instance, we observed that the cement roof of a recently completed building was leaking water in the classroom that hosted a computer lab.” End of quote. The Julian Cho Technical High School has been in the news since November 2019 when they began having administrative issues and were forced to operate without a principal and vice-principal. For reference, we bring back this report from our Toledo Correspondent, Paul Mahung who filed this report on November 25, 2019.
School Representative: “There is no current appointed principal at this time but I continue to work with our teachers and to do what is best in the interest of our students and the stakeholders because I realize that it is more important than any other issue that we have or any misunderstanding that we have about the post of principal.”
Paul Mahung, Toledo Correspondent: Your comment on the current daily running of the institution as we speak.
School Representative: “Well the situation is not as good as it could have been. I think a principal in place would make the management and the running of the school better but as I will continue to say to the nation we need to work here at Julian Cho and we need to do what is best for our children and that is where I will continue to serve as a concerned administrator at the school who wants to see the school continue, we cannot let the school degrade just because there are issues about the post of principal.”
Paul Mahung, Toledo Correspondent: Would I be correct in saying that the institution has a governing board of directors ? And what are they doing about the situation ?
“Well they have had several meetings but I am not privy to what they have discussed but as I said I will continue to work for the children because they are our stakeholders and what they bring to the table is more important than any disagreement that the board may have with anyone who is seeking the post of principal.”
Love News understands that the audit was carried out after the department received a tip from a whistleblower via their anonymous hotline. We will have much more on this report as we continue to review its findings.