Holy crap. Nancy Rodriguez finally says that the Robert Felner investigation at the University of Louisville involves more than a $694,000 grant!
Can you believe it? Turns out the old boy asked for $120,000 in university endowment funds to pay for things other grants were supposed to cover.
According to the e-mails the newspaper obtained, Felner wanted $120,000 in endowed fund money to pay for surveys and data collection that was to be done by the National Center on Public Education and Prevention Inc. in Illinois.
The fund had been set up to honor Offutt, a former U of L trustee president, and his wife, said Nancy Stablein, the Offutts’ daughter and a university supporter.
And he also tried to use $50,000 in leftover funds from a Jefferson County Public Schools contract.
Besides the endowed fund, Felner indicated in a June 3 e-mail to the university’s grants management office that he planned to use leftover funds from a 2005 contract he had with Jefferson County Public Schools to cover unspecified costs associated with the NCLB Center.
The school district had paid the university $50,000 for Felner to complete a study that looked at effective principal leadership.
Six days after indicating that he planned to use the leftover funds to cover costs related to the NCLB Center, Felner sent another e-mail to the grant management office, indicating that leftover money should be used to pay the Illinois center for work it did on the JCPS principal report. He did not specify the amount.
Meanwhile, UofL president Jim Ramsey says all of those complaints against Robert Felner were “crap,” classes are starting at UofL and students feel uncertain about the future of the university, and money is probably being flushed down the toilet 24/7.