Yesterday afternoon, I received an anonymous email from a reader reacting to my latest revelation in the Grand Traverse Academy's Steven Ingersoll financial fiasco—the June 13, 2013 letter sent on behalf of the Academy by its former attorney, Doug Bishop.
In the letter, Bishop demands immediate repayment of the amount due from Ingersoll: at least $3,548,319 dollars!
The reader explained the comment exceeded the blog's character limit, so I have decided to publish it.
Because I can!
Here is the complete, unedited comment:
My mouth hung open as I read this post. I should not have been surprised to read this but I was.
Holy shit! HOLY SHIT!
That Board is nothing but a bunch of liars.
DO YOU GET IT NOW, PEOPLE? A BUNCH OF LIARS!!!
Miss Fortune, without your reporting, none of Steve Ingersoll's or the Board's antics and lies would have been public. They would have gotten away with sweeping the stealing of millions of taxpayers' dollars under the rug. And, yet, they just keep lying and lying and spinning to try to explain themselves out of their mess ….
EXCEPT THAT IT HAS WORKED. The October GTA Board minutes even acknowledge it. The minutes state, "Student Count Day was 1,210 which indicates we have maintained enrollment." In other words, let's celebrate because there was no mass student exodus!
(Side note: Apparently the Board cannot read or write either. Perhaps they need to sit in on a few reading and writing classes. I believe they meant to convey that "1,210 students attend class on the State's Count Day".)
The Board members sat at their meetings and flat out lied as did Doug Bishop. Mark Noss and Kaye Mentley swore that this was all a big surprise to them when Ingersoll brought it to the Board's attention in June, 2013. They swore no other debts were owed. They promised there would be no more surprises. They swore they would get the money back.
Hey, Board! You need to keep your story straight! Frankly, you should have kept your mouths' shut!
Let's think back. The Board either approved or were made aware of "fundraisers" like Jog-A-Thon and Mustang Madness to raise money for the Athletic Department. Kaye Mentley talked about how athletics was taking money out of the General Fund. She implied that growth in athletics was hurting academics. Surely, it cannot be coincidental that the school was begging parents for money while in the back room, Doug Bishop and the Board were whispering about how they could get "no-interest loan payments" out of Steve Ingersoll for over $3 million.
Hello, Board of Directors and Kaye Mentley! It is now clear that you ... at the very least .. knew Steve Ingersoll was stealing money from the school and looking the other way ..... kept it all quiet ... did not notify the State of Michigan or the authorities of this embezzlement .... obviously conducted Board business outside of formal meetings to conspire on how to explain the loss of funds and your subsequent course of action ... did not taken legal action to recoup the funds .... lied about when and how you were made aware of the "prepayment of management fees" .... sitting at Board Meetings and attempting to make those who questioned your actions look like fools for challenging you ..... you OUTRIGHT lied about what you knew, when you knew it and why the ties were severed with Smart Schools.
Hello, Doug Bishop! It is now clear that you stood up and lied for and on behalf of the Board. The stories you told and the facts as they have unfolded are so very different.
Hello, GTA Parents! It is now clear you stood by while all this has been going on and did nothing .... you were too timid to speak up .... you continued to support a school run by a bunch of crooks .... you support thievery by continuing to enroll your children at GTA.
Hello, Michigan Department of Education and Lake Superior State University. It is now clear you have not done your jobs. You have also just stood by and not taken any action. What's up? You were supposed to be the check and balance. You let us down.
HELLO EVERYONE!!! It is now crystal clear that the only reason why Mark Noss took over the management of GTA was to continue to the cover-up of Steve Ingersoll's way.
Miss Fortune has been saying all a long that a forensic audit needed to be done. She was right. The Board did not need to .... because good ol' Stevie did it for them.
The biggest problem for Steve and the Board has been Miss Fortune! She is the only one who has had the guts to stand up and keep this in the public eye. She has never stopped and pushed forward despite personal attacks and threats to her character and her safety.
I can only hope that those who read this are sickened by what has been reported here over these months. I hope those who did not speak out are angered enough to now act.
I also hope that Steve Ingersoll, his business associates and his allies on the Board of Directors are made to finally face the consequences of their actions ....