The Extortion Hezitorial
- Dr. Fenix Arias, Yonkers Public Schools (YPS) Manager of Administration issues new directive that steals student raised funds to replace Quick Books accounting software with ASBWorks accounting software. If the YPS desires to subscribe to a new accounting software program it is THEY who should engage in an annual contract for the package, not indenture the present student population and those students that follow them into the future. If you steal their money after you promised to protect it for the purposes initially permitted, the YPS will be breaching their responsibilities to the students in the amount of $9,168 every year taken from those who are members to a group with a GO (General Organization) student account every year.
- Has Yonkers Corporation Counsel scrutinized this illegal conduct? Is the Yonkers Public School District a private school or a public school? Has the Yonkers City Council endorsed the extortion of Yonkers HIgh School students’ money? The Yonkers Tribune asserts this is totally illegal conduct.
- Why is there a need to change accounting software? What is the rationale for such a change?
- Is ASBWorks a “friend of the family”? Was there a call for a public bid for a new accounting software contract? If so, why? Quick Books is an excellent program that functions without imposing a financial burden on the students; ASBWorks will cost a total of $9,168 every year for all 8 high schools together or $1,146 per high school.
- The excuse/rationale for engaging ASBWorks is that sometime last year the school computer system was hacked. Whether the system was hacked or not last year, it is with certainty that Quick Books has patched their software to avoid a repeat. There was no announcement last year of the computer system at the YPS being hacked. Is the YPS District attempting to re-write history today? There is no secure server anywhere in the world that has proven itself to be impervious to being hacked. So it is not about protecting the students’ money after all, but for reasons YPS District and the CoY have yet to explain. The Central Intelligence Agency has been hacked, the Department of Defense, major and minor banks. They didn’t throw out the programs intended to protect their respective systems, they patched them up. That responsibility must therefore fall onto the Yonkers Board of Education, not the students.
- And the Yonkers Board of Education Board of Trustees have not voted on engaging the services of ASBWorks. And yet, the memo advising the changes was issued on August 14, 2019. Why has the Yonkers Board of Education Board of Trustees not yet been briefed and voted on the efficacy of this conduct.
Stealing Student Raised Funds That Are Allocated with Approved Specificity Does Not Include Nor Permit for An Annualized Accounting Software Agreement
Read Pre-Planned Ploy and How It Is Intended to Steal from Yonkers Public Schools High School Students
YONKERS, NY — September 27, 2019– The Yonkers Board of Education, a City of Yonkers Department, on August 14, 2019, sent notice to Secondary Principals and Central Office Administrators attributed to Dr. Fenix Arias, Manager of Administration, a Yonkers Superintendent Dr. Edwin Quezada crony, informing the recipients noted of an update with respect to Extra Classroom Activities / Club Application process. The jargon boils down to informing students and their faculty advisors that funds raised by high school students from students’ bake sales, dances, car washes, among other efforts will be taken , that is extorted from them to purchase unnecessary accounting software? The software is not required. This is a con to make the students pay for software that will be used for other unexplained services that has no purpose for the high school students that are expected to pay for the software; explained herein.
Can the students refuse to pay? Yes, they can! However, will they be threatened with failing a class if they don’t turn over the money as demanded by Dr. Fenix Arias?
The money high schoolers raise gets deposited into a General Organization account, referred to as a GO account. Each school may have many GO accounts. The GO accounts represent a club or a specific student interest. Therefore each high school may have 5 clubs or 12, or 20. And each of these clubs appoint a president and treasurer, as well as an approved faculty member and the school principle. The approved faculty member is paid a minuscule stipend to scrutinize the account and oversee that it is managed professionally and within the guidelines set by the Yonkers Public Schools District. Funds are disbursed from GO accounts at the behest of the students’ President and Treasurer of each respective account. It is only when the GO President and Treasurer, the signatories of a GO account deem it appropriate to dispense funds from their GO account for a specific purpose, that they inform the teacher and the school principal of their intent and the sum requested is paid to the intended recipient of that money, that is, for example, a business, store, service, movie theatre, etc.
Even though there were approved GO accounts before, with the appropriate student, faculty, and principal oversight conforming to protocol, the Yonkers Public School District is changing the rules and regulations after the fact.
- They want every group to file new applications to Maureen Walsh for approval.
- Guidelines for recommending an activity / club:
- Educational purposes-9th grade and older.
- Petition signed by at least 7 students.
- Faculty has been appointed
- All activities / club applications MUST be received by October 31, 2019 otherwise the activity / club will NOT be able to do any fundraising for the 2019-2020 school year.
Other Hot Topics:
- All fundraising events MUST be approved by the Principle BEFORE the event can take place. Faculty Advisors and students are asked to plan accordingly.
- They write: “We will be replacing QuickBooks with ASBWorks. Each building will be invoiced separately for the annual licensing fee so it can be paid using Extra Classroom Activities (ECA) funds.” The amount for the first year per building is $1,146. NOTE: There are 8 buildings. The total annual cost burden for all 8 high schools is $9,168.
- All staff members are expected to adhere to all Extra Classroom Activities (ECA) policies and procedures
- Cash flow is the responsibility of all staff members and students involved in the Extra Classroom Activities (ECA) process.
- Cash MUST be deposited within (3) days. Late deposits will delay positive pay process and hence payments to vendors. THIS STATEMENT IMPLIES THAT THE DEAL IS DONE.
- Forms will be made available on OneDrive
Yonkers Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Edwin Quezada is noted by a whistleblower to state that the purpose for getting this new software “is being done to protect the student accounts from City (City of Yonkers) takeover”. How rich! Quezada blaming Yonkers City Hall for this directive. Worse still, “The principals say that they re being TOLD to do this.” At issue is whether this is a Yonkers Public School District directive or a directive from Yonkers City Hall? Mayor Mike Spano’s appointment of Dr. Quezada is now revealed to have turned into a pissing match for dominance and control and the students are the scapegoats and will be the ones to suffer. Do the parents / guardians know?
Has Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr. been advised of this planned extortion?
The whistleblower “anticipates retaliation” for speaking out.”
Lest anyone forget, the Yonkers Public School District is entrusted to abide by the following directive they adopted: