Since Fox C-6 superintendents were using public funds to make purchases, the credit card statements are public records.
Shortly after originally posting this article, I received an email from Fox's new CFO John Brazeal regarding some of the credit card charges.
Mr. Brazeal stated that:
"Sometimes the raw data creates as many questions as it does answers. Although I am unable to interpret all the charges, I can update you on some items.
The series of odd charges in Colorado that were later reversed were the result of a card being compromised.
A number of charges on the D Brown (Critchlow) card are allegedly related to the golf tournament intended to raise funds for scholarships.
A few larger charges on the D Brown (Critchlow) card at regional restaurants tie to the Jefferson County Superintendents Association for which Fox served as the fiscal agent. These charges were covered by the dues collected from members of the association."Based on the above information from Mr. Brazeal, caution should be used when interpreting some of the credit card charges. The community is certainly looking forward to having many of the credit charges explained.
Explanations should be thoroughly verified. Past behaviors and explanations that turned out to be false have lead to a lot of distrust of our district's leadership.
Some of that distrust comes from years of being provided false or misleading information and the fact that obtaining information from the district was very difficult or next to impossible to obtain for years. Repeated requests were made to publish board packets and bill payments on the district website. Those requests or questions went unanswered or were ignored for years. Sometimes a request was responded to with answers like we don't have the staff to provide that information. Superintendent Brown/Critchlow would tell me that the district would rather put the money into the classroom when asked to publish the data.
That being said, there are still a large number of food charges that were made on a nearly daily basis that are listed in this article. Many people question why administrators weren't paying for their own meals for many of the local food charges.
Fox superintendents who were among the highest paid superintendents and assistant superintendents in the state of Missouri should have been able to purchase their own local meals like most people do in the work force.
Keep in mind that the charges documented in this article are only for the school district's VISA card for the 2011-2012 school year. It DOES NOT include any charges that were made on school district DISCOVER CARDs or the AMERICAN EXPRESS card for the 2011-2012 school year.
It's been stated that Dianne Critchlow used other district credit cards for purchases such as the DISCOVER CARD held by Debby Davis and Jerry Kwiatkowski. Once the DISCOVER CARD statements become available for prior years, they will be posted as well.
The credit card usage by some of our Fox C-6 school district superintendents has definitely riled the public in our community. It took nearly 6 months of requesting to obtain the credit card statements from the school district. The difficulty in obtaining the credit card statements simply added to the distrust of district administrators. I documented this in a prior article about Why It Took So Long To Get Fox C-6's Credit Card Statements.
Finally in June 2014, the Fox C-6 school board must have realized that there may have been a problem with how some Fox C-6 superintendents were using their district supplied credit cards because all superintendents had their district supplied credit cards taken away. The fact that the school board took credit cards away from all district superintendents validates some of the communities concerns.
School district policy limits the use of credit cards to the purchase of Instructional Materials. As you can see by reviewing the charges listed below, the cards weren't used solely for Instructional Materials.
Some of the charges below have been highlighted to help you find charges that really stand out. Some of the charges have different colored text to help them stand out and to help match them up with similar charges for hotel bills at conferences.
Some of the charges also include links to the hotel or the restaurant menus to help you understand why some of the charges seemed expensive.
A Few Observations and information about the 2011-2012 VISA Charges:
- There were a lot of food purchases that could only have been for 1 or 2 people on many of the food charges.
- The hotel and food charges for the Houston trip were quite expensive.
- Airfares for the trip to Houston were not on the VISA Card Statements and must be on the DISCOVER CARD.
- Lots of gasoline was purchased by Dianne Brown/Critchlow
- Dianne Critchlow charged $100 at Q-Nails nail salon in Fox Valley across the street from the Fox C-6 Central Office.
- Dianne Brown/Critchlow had quite a few car washes.
- Dianne Brown/Critchlow made quite a few high dollar purchases at TARGET, LOWES, WALMART, HOBBY LOBBY and WALGREENS.
- Dianne Brown/Critchlow had 9 high dollar charges to the DOUBLE DEUCE SALOON. Perhaps some of these charges were for the Jefferson County Superintendent's Association.
- Starting at the beginning of the school year the charges were listed under Dianne Brown for her charges. Starting with the April 2012 VISA card statement charges were listed under Dianne Critchlow for her charges.
- There are multiple charges on the same day at a few restaurants using the same credit card.
- There were some legitimate charges for Instructional Materials on Dan Baker's credit card such as at DRYERASEBOARD.COM but a large portion of the charges were for meals.
Below are all of the charges that were made on the district credit cards for former Fox C-6 Superintendent Dianne Brown/Critchlow, Assistant Superintendent Dan Baker, Assistant Superintendent Todd Scott and Superintendent and School Board Secretary Debby Davis.
NOTE: There were several odd charges that appeared on Dan Baker's credit card on 02/01/2012 and 02/02/2012 to Walmart for $500 and to BJS RESTAURANT. Fox's new CFO John Brazeal clarified for me that the charges were due to the card being compromised. The charges were reversed and corrected in March and May 2012. It took VISA two times to properly adjust the charges. For that reason, all of the charges and credits were not listed in this article. Only the initial charges were listed for reference and for explanation purposes. The compromised card charges were not included in Dan Baker's total charges for the year.
Dianne Brown/Critchlow - Superintendent - $12,072.16
06/28/2011 - $78.53 - EXPRESS MART SECKMAN - Imperial, MO
07/07/2011 - $46.67 - SHELL OIL - Arnold, MO
07/16/2011 - $48.45 - EXXON MOBIL - St. Louis, MO
07/18/2011 - $89.24 - PANERA BREAD - Arnold, MO
07/19/2011 - $123.84 - POMODOROS - Arnold, MO
07/20/2011 - $15.06 - SHELL OIL - Hillsboro, MO
07/20/2011 - $31.56 - MCDONALD'S - Hillsboro, MO
07/22/2011 - $81.26 - SHELL OIL - Arnold, MO
07/25/2011 - $45.36 - EXPRESS MART SECKMAN - Imperial, MO
07/28/2011 - $55.80 - FORTEL'S PIZZA DEN - Arnold, MO
07/30/2011 - $42.74 - CLARK - Doe Run, MO
08/01/2011 - $57.74 - QT 652 - Fenton, MO
08/06/2011 - $43.41 - UGAS P66 OUTER ROAD - Arnold, MO
08/08/2011 - $76.86 - HOBBY LOBBY - Arnold, MO
08/09/2011 - $192.82 - HOBBY LOBBY - Arnold, MO
08/10/2011 - $110.90 - PANERA BREAD - Arnold, MO
08/23/2011 - $70.42 - SHELL OIL - Arnold, MO
08/24/2011 - $8.00 - JEFFCO AUTO PRIDE CARWASH - Arnold, MO
07/18/2011 - $30.00 - BLARNEYSTONE SPORTS BAR & GRILL - St. Louis, MO
07/20/2011 - $15.85 - PANERA BREAD - Arnold, MO
08/15/2011 - $54.33 - CARNIVAL & PARTY SUPPLY - Arnold, MO
08/16/2011 - $24.33 - QDOBA MEXICAN GRILL - Arnold, MO
04/25/2012 - $46.74 - U GAS TELEGRAPH - Oakville, MO
04/27/2012 - $69.49 - WESTLAND TRAVEL CENTER - Kingdom City, MO
04/27/2012 - $34.40 - DENNYS RESTAURANTS - Kingdom City, MO
05/05/2012 - $29.44 - APPLEBEES - Arnold, MO
06/27/2011 - $44.28 - CAFE ARNOLD - Arnold, MO
06/29/2011 - $150.00 - MO ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS
07/08/2011 - $83.23 - AMAZON.COM
07/13/2011 - $51.28 - BANDANAS BBQ - Arnold, MO
07/19/2011 - $66.83 - AMAZON.COM