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WESD Staff Dave Novotney, Ph.D. Deputy Superintendent Press Release and Updates
Press Release: Please review the attached document at your earliest convenience. It will be released to the media this afternoon and I wanted to share this information with you as soon as possible. The WESD Board and I are fully committed to working with ODE and the Secretary of State’s Office in addressing this issue. We value our partnership with ODE and view this collaboration as a sign of their continued commitment to us, as well. Many of you may wonder why WESD would want to request this audit prior to the completion of the third party, independent financial review we are currently in the midst of. Frankly, it is the only solution to ensure complete transparency and to make sure that all questions regarding fiscal issues with WESD have been looked at, accounted for and addressed, if needed. The Board and I believe it is the right step for us to take to increase transparency and regain trust with our component school districts and other key stakeholders. This audit process will be long and it will be an enormous amount of work. However, we are committed to providing our full cooperation and feel we will emerge from this process as a much stronger agency. Other Updates: • The WESD Board will be meeting in Executive Session on Tuesday, August 25th, starting at 6:00 p.m. At this point, I believe the Board may need to reconvene into regular session to ratify the decision to request the Secretary of State’s audit. I do not anticipate that any other action will be taken by the Board. • As you know, we are not having an All Staff Meeting this year. Instead, each department is planning their own, individualized meeting. I will be attending each of these meetings in an effort to provide staff with an update as to where we are at with the current issues at WESD. While there are several details that legally I still won’t be able to talk about, my goal is to share with you the most recent information I can.