Former Plainfield schools superintendent Steve Gallon
is in the news again -- this time it's charter schools in Florida.
Former Plainfield schools superintendent Steve Gallon III is in the news again. This time it's an exposé by the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel on fiscal and other improprieties at three Florida charter schools for which Gallon's firm Tri-Star had management contracts (see the complete story here).
Among allegations made in the story are Gallon's executing contracts without the approval of the schools' boards, improper salary adjustments, and creating a conflict of interest by engaging in a sideline business venture with a board member.
Additionally, reviews showed that the three schools (located in three separate counties) had major academic issues under Gallon's operation -- including lack of reading, ESL and disabilities programs; lack of study guides and textbooks; and a neglect of math and science. Two of the three schools have since gone under.
It may come as no surprise to Plainfield readers to learn that Gallon's harem (including Lalelei Kelly and Angela Kemp, accused of defrauding the South Plainfield schools by fraudulently using Gallon's home address to enroll their children in that district while living in Perth Amboy) were given jobs by him with these Florida charter schools.
One previously unknown Plainfield connection has surfaced in relation to the Florida charter school story.
One Lenee Clarke, who is said to have been a 'compensation administrator' for the Plainfield school district, was brought on by Gallon's firm for 'support services' at $40,000 annually.
Interestingly enough, Clarke's residence is given as Lithonia, Georgia -- hardly in commuting distance of the Florida schools -- in a house registered in Gallon's name. A source in the Plainfield district says Clarke was employed by the district prior to Gallon's arrival, was promoted during his tenure and quit shortly after Gallon departed.
Same old movie, different background scenery.