Dominic Mancuso Editorial: School rebate-gate - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Dominic Mancuso Editorial: School rebate-gate

Cleveland School officials are investigating what happened to a multimillion dollar gift. (Source: Raycom) Cleveland School officials are investigating what happened to a multimillion dollar gift. (Source: Raycom)
Cleveland has a rebate scandal on its hands and no, this one has nothing to do with a truck stop company.  

We're learning that the Cleveland Schools squandered an $8.5 million gift from the feds. The windfall came in the form of rebates for technology upgrades. The funds were there for the asking but amazingly, no one at the school district bothered to file the necessary paperwork. 

As a result, that $8.5 million will come out of your pocket and mine. Money that could have been used to buy books and supplies or fund new programs. This bungling at the school administration building is a slap in the face for taxpayers who passed not one, but two tax increases in just the past three years. 

Equally disturbing, the company that may be involved in this mess is Doan Pyramid, whose former owner is doing time in federal prison in connection with the county corruption case. The school system says it's investigating what happened but clearly, we need answers from Superintendent Eric Gordon and the man who appointed him, Mayor Frank Jackson. The schools are already facing a tight budget. What they need now is leadership and accountability. Not finger pointing and incompetency.  

I'm Dominic Mancuso and that's how we see it.

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