Note: This article was written by ROBIN READER (612) and was originally published on her website Broken Arrow Forum on February 26, 2011, and reappears here on this blog with her permission.
This is a quick one – been really busy – but I wanted to point out a really good illustration of the sneaky tactics Sisney has used from the beginning to muddle the issues and sway people’s thinking.
In paragraph 17 of his affidavit, Stover tries to make it look like the board members trumped up the claim that Sisney slandered Air Assurance. He does this by mixing up “billing” and “bidding”. Stover says that one of their reasons for firing Sisney was that he made false allegations about a vendor’s billing practices. Stover goes on to say that the district’s attorney had informed them that there were serious bidding violations, thus Sisney’s allegations were true and the board members knew it.
Clever switch. But Sisney’s accusations against AA were that AA was cheating the District by double-billing, doing unnecessary work, billing for work not done, and billing BA Schools for work done for someone else. These billing accusations have nothing to do with the alleged bidding violations, which are solely the responsibility of BA Schools, not AA. No one has yet shown that Air Assurance has done anything wrong. Yet Sisney made public accusations that AA was cheating Broken Arrow Schools.
Stover says, “Flippo, Wilkins, and Whelpley knew that Dr. Sisney had not made false allegations against Air Assurance and this reason for termination was dishonest.”
Paragraph 17 is dishonest. Whoever wrote it (Lee? Jim?), Stover signed it.
Update 07/26/2011 (Robin Reader/612) –
When I wrote this in February 2011, all we knew then was that no wrongdoing by Air Assurance had yet been proven.
Now, after the results of the audit, we know for sure that Air Assurance did nothing wrong. There was no double-billing, unnecessary work, billing for work not done, or billing BA Schools for work done for someone else. There was never any reason to suspect wrongdoing; the “evidence” that Sisney used to convince people was nothing more than innocuous invoices and purchase orders deceptively made out to be something they weren’t.
Sisney lied when he made his accusations of improper billing practices by Air Assurance. He knew at the time that they were false.
Stover lied in his affidavit when he said, “Flippo, Wilkins, and Whelpley knew that Dr. Sisney had not made false allegations against Air Assurance and this reason for termination was dishonest.” He may have believed Sisney’s lies back in April 2008, but by the time he signed his affidavit, he knew the truth.