From: Dennis Leone
Sent: Wednesday, March 15, 2006 2:10 PM
Paul -- Thank you for sharing. I do not know who Tim Myers is, and nor do I care. One thing I have been able to confirm, Paul, in my seven months on the STRS Board -- and I know you already know this -- is the absolute fact that NOTHING would have changed at STRS had we not done what we did in 2003 and 2004.......NOTHING. No spending controls, no policy changes, no changes in the board structure, no reduction of over 100 STRS employees or administrative expenses, no removal of Dyer, no departure of Norris and Scott, no election of Lazares and Leone, no Senate Bill 133, no removal of Petro and Montgomery from the Board, no changes in child care services and free lunches for STRS staff, no new statutory language that requires ethics training, travel restrictions, and disciplinary procedures for future Board misconduct.
There would have been no elimination of bonus checks for non-investment staff, no prohibition of pension money used for Broadway shows, Kings Island, concerts, baseball games, booze, and parties, no restriction of family members of STRS employees using STRS cars, no control over the 82 STRS credit cards that many had, and no prohibition of the Perry Local School District collecting sub teacher pay from STRS pension money for a Michael Billirakis teaching position that doesn't exist. (Myers probably doesn't even understand Perry Local matter.) The list of things that have changed since 2003 is endless.
Feel free to share this with Mr. Myers. How were changes "already on the way" at STRS when OEA is the organization that said all that was reported about the spending abuses were "misrepresentations, destructive allegations, unclear, etc."? Mr. Myers either has had his head stuck in the sand or he just moved to Ohio this year. Had he attended any STRS meetings in 2003 or 2004, he would heard with his own ears how active teachers and retirees feel about the way OEA reacted to what was going on at STRS between 1995 and 2003.