I have recently written a piece about how DCPS sends money to the Jacksonville Children’s Commission and they in turn send money to Big Brother’s and Big Sisters. That is irrefutable but it is also without nuance, I also wrote that Big Brothers and Big Sisters used the money to run a team up program, that was incorrect, they use the money to run mentoring programs.
In short DCPS sends money to JCC for team up programs and JCC pays BBBS for mentoring programs. Both Cheryl Grymes and JCC says the money that goes to Big Brothers and Big Sisters, where it does come from the JCC budget comes from a different pot of money.
I can put my mind around this, and at the same time I say it is a distinction without a difference,
The truth is I probably wouldn’t care except for the again irrefutable facts that Cheryl Grymes took thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from charter school and school management interests. I probably wouldn’t care if there weren’t numerous examples of campaign contributors using their influence to enrich themselves. Three years ago a charter school that hadn’t even been approved yet started construction because they were so sure their donations would lead to its approval, and you know what, they were right.
I am tired of politicians voting to enrich themselves or their donors. Cheryl Grymes could have said, you know what, JCC sends money to my other employer again an irrefutable fact, I am going to sit this one up for both an abundance of caution and to respect my constituents. She didn’t and for some reason me pointing this out makes me the bad guy.
Look at the information I was given.
Once again, it doesn’t do me any good to get something wrong and I admit given the info I had what I published in July lacked nuance and if that confused people I apologize but in my defense sometimes its like pulling teeth to get information out of these people, when they choose not ignoring me, that is. Furthermore I would have written the exact same piece just changing, Big Brothers and Big Sisters uses the money for mentoring programs rather than Team Up.
Here is the note Grymes sent me, I will let you be the judge, if you think I am either on the grassy knoll or if I have legitimate concerns, please let me know.,
board position to enrich her and her (other) employer.’
school board contracted with the Jacksonville Children’s Commission (JCC) to
run an after school program and the Jacksonville Children’s Commission hired
Big Brothers and Big Sisters (BB&BS) who Mrs. Grimes also works for and
pays a hefty salary, to run it. Mrs. Grimes voted three times for this to
JCC’s afterschool programs and does not run Team Up or 21st Century Learning programs. BBBS is a one-to-one
mentoring organization. Our programs include: School based mentoring where the
mentor goes to the school to see his/her mentee, Community based mentoring
where the mentor and mentee can see each other whenever they want and Beyond
School Walls, which is a workplace mentoring program where students travel to
a workplace to see their mentors. I did vote for the contract with
JCC and did not declare a conflict because there wasn’t one.
received by BBBS are city funds voted on by the City Council and sent directly to BBBS from JCC. These funds are a completely
different pot of dollars. My salary is not paid from these funds.
of the truth by writing false allocations about me in both my School Board role and my role as an employee
of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida. These defamatory statements could harm my reputation and
damage Big Brothers Big Sisters credibility with our board, donors,
children and families we serve and the general community. If Mr. Guerrier
would have simply visited the BBBSNEFL website, he would discover that we do
not have after school programs.