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Structural imbalances in the roof at Ballou High, no stage at Anacostia High and bathroom and electrical repairs halted at Eastern High. These are some of the problems that could result if the D.C. Council blocks $8.9 million in reprogrammed funds needed to repair the city's schools, according to a letter today from facilities chief Allen Y. Lew to council Chairman Vincent C. Gray.

The letter comes in response to council member Marion Barry's move two weeks ago to introduce a disapproval resolution that would halt the money transfer. If the council does not lift that resolution by the end of the week, the repairs might not get done by the start of school Aug. 25, Lew said. And that, Lew said, would pose a "direct threat to life and safety to teachers and students in those school buildings."

Barry has said he is reacting to Fenty's strongarming of the council in asking them to approve his school repair budget without a public hearing.

By David A Nakamura  |  August 6, 2008; 4:06 PM ET
Categories:  Education  
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Allen Y. Lew needs to write a letter to his boss, Adrian M. Fenty, asking that he respect the budgetary oversight responsibilities of the District Council over public schools and provide them with more than an 11th our request for million's of dollars on an emergency basis without the supporting documentation to go with it.

Those kinda requests, historically, have come in an attempt to coverup waste, fraud and fiscal abuse.

He should tell his boss to refrain from using District school children as chess pieces in his game of "Power Trip".

He should ask him to stop using his appointees and his journalistic slave at the Post (Nakamura) to do his bidding.

Posted by: Ward 6 For Now | August 6, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Congrats, Mr. Barry. Finally, someone on the council is standing up to Fenty's underhanded tactics. Keep up the good work!

Posted by: Fed up with Fenty | August 7, 2008 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Man, I hope Fed Up With Fenty is being sarcastic.

Posted by: nsc2 | August 7, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

With Fenty being a native Washingtonian and former council member, he knew very well the condition of DC Schools. So, as Ward 6 for Now says, why did he wait until the 11th hour to drop the requests on the council? He appears to be hell bent on making a name for himself "by any means necessary." Kudos to the council members who are now informing Fenty that rules apply to him too!!

Posted by: DC Alien | August 7, 2008 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Allen Y Lew and Company are MISS USING THE money from the schools by sole sourcing MILLION Dollars of contracts to TURNER CONSTUCTION, with out any bidding to other contractors. The Miniorty Companys are not getting but a small amount of these contracts. They have spent over $600 million dollars in less than a year for patching Boliers and other basic things. They are issusing Solitation with out Contract Numbers,using Letter Contracts for any and everything which is ill legal. Letter Cotracts are for emergency use only. These contracts are sent to council for paymet with out any back up documention or after the fact. The council has ask Allen for an accounting of the MILLIONS of DOLLARS he has spent, as of today nothing as been accounted for. THERE NEEDS TO BE A FULL INVESTIGATION. WHO HAS ALL OF THIS MONEY?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 8, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

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