Time for some Montgomery County updates!
If you’ve kept up with the Education Professional Standards Board hearing transcript in the Joshua Powell case, you know what’s going on.
You also know that the Powell claims about Michelle Henry being bad at her job, late to work and unprofessional are bogus. Not because I’m telling you so but because you’ve heard (read) the evidence and the testimony from countless people. You’ve seen what the records show. You’ve even heard what Powell’s people like Jacqui Johnston and Lisa Stone have had to say about her and it’s all positive.
You’ll recall that the entire EPSB (the board itself) found Powell guilty on all of the counts related to Henry. All of them.
But check this out – it’s from documents Powell’s attorneys filed at EPSB during the hearing:
Although Henry had extra assistance from the curriculum specialist, Henry failed to complete assignments in a timely and accurate manner. In fact, she was not considered an organized person by her staff and peers. Her colleagues reported that, on many occasions, she wore her pajamas to work and parked in an unauthorized parking spot (at the back of the school) so she would not be seen walking in the building (back parking spot was near her office and afforded her the opportunity to not walk in high people traffic areas). Many indicated that she put on her make-up and got dressed at work. (When Henry was terminated from her position, clothing, including bars and panties were found in her desk and cabinets.).
That’s right. They found a change of clothing in her desk. Probably because she lived an hour away and needed to keep a change of clothing on-hand.
But guess what was never returned to Henry, despite Powell’s own attorneys mentioning them. Yep, her bras and panties were kept by Powell. I asked Henry’s people about that and it was confirmed. THEY KEPT HER UNDERWEAR! Those folks kept her junk. Haven’t returned it.
That’s on top of Powell allegedly telling people, in his apparent efforts to drum up dirt on Henry, that he had discovered sex toys in her office after she was terminated. Something that’s so obscene I won’t even entertain it as a possibility. But I know it was a big enough deal that the EPSB asked dozens of people it interviewed in the Powell case about the sex toy allegations and several confirmed that they’d heard that information from the Powell crew. I know that because nearly everyone in the hearing spoke with me after the gag order was lifted.
How disgusting is that? The rumors. And keeping her underwear. Yet they have the nerve to claim there’s been no sex-based discrimination going on.
That’s what the people suing in Montgomery County are up against.
On top of all that, the board’s insurance-provided attorneys have responded to Henry’s lawsuit in court. Beyond attempting to claim the board isn’t liable for anything because it claims governmental immunity (which it doesn’t have), they blame Henry for not taking measures to protect herself, claim she didn’t exhaust her due process options and claim the board did everything it could to prevent harm. Which tells us things: (1) attorney Elizabeth Deener is lazy and didn’t bother to read the EPSB transcript that proves Henry wasn’t afforded her due process rights and (2) the board is really gonna go there with being disgusting with your taxpayer dollars.
They’re victim-blaming – claiming Henry didn’t do enough to protect herself. You can read the EPSB transcript for yourself. You can read everything that’s been published here over the last three years. You can disprove that in less than 30 minutes.
They’re denying responsibility. Despite there being ample evidence that the board is responsible for hiring Powell, responsible for not stopping this circus years ago, responsible for not doing its due diligence in conducting a background check and verifying Powell was fit for employment.
They’re claiming they did everything they could to stop this mess. But when Henry sent, via certified mail, information to all board members regarding alleged misconduct by Powell, it was ignored. No investigation was conducted. Nothing was explored. It was ignored by former board chair Kenney Gulley. Note: The information was actually solicited by other board members and there’s evidence to prove that. I’ve had it in my possession for years and obtained it from those board members.
Reality? The board didn’t take action until I forced change in the makeup of that board and until I forced that new board to consider everything that had been uncovered. At least, that’s what four current board members have told me for the last 18 months. My reporting gave Alice Anderson, the new board chair, the material and the votes she needed to make it happen. Period.
It’s some crazy stuff. The kind of things voters will consider on election day. While not quite as bad as lying under oath at the EPSB hearing (cough, cough – maybe I should publish that), it’s still pretty sick. Victim-blaming and shirking responsibility.
After this woman, the board’s insurance-provided attorney, Elizabeth Deener:
Got her butt handed to her in court a few weeks ago, she apparently decided to retaliate. Immediately following status hearings in most of the cases against Powell and the board, Deener took it upon herself to seek a subpoena to obtain the medical records of Kelly Wallace. Which is fine and dandy. There’s apparently nothing to worry about.
But the problem? Deener immediately sent Wallace’s records to ELPO – a law firm that has not represented Powell in the case for several months. ELPO, the firm that helped give Powell cover at every step of the way. The firm the board got kicked off the case(s) over concerns of conflicts.
It wasn’t an accident. According to board members (plural), Deener’s allegedly been working with ELPO to come up with material to try to refute all five of the people suing. This latest incident with medical records makes me inclined to believe those board members.
Something tells me it’s a move Deener will ultimately regret once those suing get their hands on Powell’s medical records.
Can you imagine?
Pretty easy to see why the Montgomery County Board of Education has asked its insurance attorneys to get all the pending cases against it settled before the start of the new school year. Source: Three of the plaintiffs have been approached to begin mediation in August.
Pretty easy to see why the board has readied millions upon millions of dollars in insurance funds, millions in the general fund and has quietly been exploring issuance of bonds. The board has gotten all of its financial ducks in a row and it’s ready to pay out millions of dollars.
Keep all of this in mind with the next installment of the Powell transcript coming tomorrow. Remember what the board is doing to these people who have spent years fighting for justice.
I’ve got a bunch of scandalous stuff to share with you in the coming days. Just need to find the time to put it all together.