Laaaawd Jesus we thought we were done with the Owensboro Community & Technical College, Helen Mountjoy and all that drama.
MMM HMM. JUST KEEPS GOING AND GOING.
Sorry! Bend over and grab those ankles, meemaw, because we’re about to wade back into the depths of crazy.
A cabinet official calling a university president – that was hired less than a year prior and hailed as terrific – as nuttier than a fruitcake and meaner than a snake? Really?
Oh, and Mountjoy’s husband is finally revealed as an attorney for one of the defendants. TOLD YOU SO.
Check out the latest from Monday’s Messenger-Inquirer:
Gastenveld said she told then-Chancellor Keith Bird that the welding instructors for Titan Contracting’s KY WINS welding training project were also Titan employees and that was a red flag for her.
She claims that Bird said her concerns had merit, but that state Education Cabinet Secretary Helen Mountjoy wanted the program to go forward. She suffered retaliation for raising the issue, she claims.
Mountjoy has told reporters that her only involvement in these issues was to talk to a Titan official who wanted to access state money for training. She said she referred him to Tonya Logsdon’s office at GRADD and Fiorella’s office at OCTC. She has said she does not recall having a conversation with Bird or any- one else at KCTCS or OCTC about the Titan project.
The two confirmed conversations they had with local and state leaders about Gastenveld’s leadership. They also confirmed their roles in writing a widely distributed and lengthy document alleged to represent decisions the college leader made, which they deemed not becoming for a KCTCS president.
The exhibits in the case include back-and-forth emails in which Fiorella receives encouragement from Helen Mountjoy, who was then secretary of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Fiorella’s and Mountjoy’s husbands are law partners. Mountjoy left the Cabinet post Nov. 30, 2009.
On Jan. 22, 2009, Fiorella tells Mountjoy via email that she has heard a rumor that Gastenveld will be moving Fiorella to the southeast campus. Fiorella relays that she “continues to be given proactive sup- port and advice by our good colleagues. But I am uncertain as to how much intervention they will be able to effect with an irrational individual hell bent on self- destruction.”
In Mountjoy’s reply, she refers to Gastenveld as “nut- tier than a fruitcake and meaner than a snake.”
This is all just too crazy. So crazy that we’re not even going to bother to link to all the old Mountjoy stories.
But you know what really takes the coconut cake? YOU are paying for all of these shysters to defend their corruption. So far, KCTCS has spent $204,551.60 on the case through March 31. An additional $22,817.43 was spent hiding open records from the Messenger-Inquirer. KACo has also spent $22,974 on legal fees and an additional $3,080.90 on other expenses in the defense of Reid Haire.
We need a drink behind all this bidness.
Head – desk.