Nancy IS doing some investigative work. It’s about damn time! And no, I don’t take back anything I said. It’s been THREE weeks. It took three weeks to come up with a major story? Give me a break.
Anyway, here’s part of Nancy’s story:
A $694,000 project grant managed by former University of Louisville education dean Robert Felner is part of a criminal investigation into whether federal funds were mishandled.
Documents obtained from U of L in an open-records request show that the grant’s purpose was to create a center that would be a “unique collaborative effort” with the Kentucky Education Department and Jefferson County Public Schools, among others, and would help schools meet testing goals of the federal No Child Left Behind law.
Yet no one with the Jefferson County Public Schools or the state Education Department know about the grant, or that such a center was created, according to interviews with state and district officials.
The largest portion of that money — $452,533 — was paid to subcontracted groups, many of whom had ties to Felner.
Got that? $694,000 grant potentially flushed away by Robert Felner. $450K+ went to subcontracted groups with ties to Felner. But the school district the grant was for had no clue of its existence? Make sure you read the rest of the story.
In the mean time, WHAS11’s Mark Hebert got an interview with University of Louisville President Jim Ramsey who praised Robert Felner on-camera. Go here to watch it.
Here’s what Ramsey had to say:
“He did a, uh, really good job in moving the University of Louisville forward. I can’t comment on, you know, whether anything was done that’s criminal or inappropriate. We’ll let the process determine that.”
He went on to say:
“Mistakes happen in any organization, uh, but, uh, we’ll, and if there are ways we can strengthen our internal controls, we’ll, we’ll always be, uh, committed to doing that.”
When asked if he’d found anything in the Felner case that stuck out like a sore thumb, Ramsey responded:
“Well, no, not yet, because the investigation’s not done.”
Oh, and Ramsey told Hebert that it wasn’t an internal UofL audit that got the investigation going.