Sunday, January 19, 2014

Independent "Outside Entity"?

FIRST POSTED JUNE 2012

If Specialist Carson has recently spent time on the Jenny Lind Elementary school campus, the question must be raised: is he there to protect and defend Calaveras Unified (financially), or is he there as an objective outside entity with the sole purpose of protecting the health and well-being of the Jenny Lind Elementary students and staff?

Needed for Hire: An Independent “Outside Entity”
--No Ties, Please--

 In reference to a mold and moisture issue at Jenny Lind Elementary, a school district administrator recently stated that “Further analysis, from an outside entity determined the level of mold was not a health/safety risk…however the three classrooms in question were no longer used as a precaution.”  Sierra SentinelMay 7, 2012

 By definition, what is an “outside entity?” Terms “third party” and “outside source” have also been recently used.
Outside: not belonging to or connected with a specified institution, society.
Entity: being or existence, especially when considered as distinct, independent, or self-contained.
Third Party: is often used to refer to a person or entity who is not involved in an interaction or relationship.

Now, with these definitions in mind, let’s look closely at the relationship between Calaveras Unified School District and The Tuolumne Joint Powers Authority (also referred to as JPA) and you can decide if the term “outside entity” or “third party” is being used accurately.


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What is the …
Tuolumne Joint Powers Authority (JPA)?
According to MyMotherlode.com (Aug. 13, 2010): “Tuolumne County Superintendents formed a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) to self insure...pooling their risk and the expense of insurance programs for their schools. Since that time other counties joined in to make the Tuolumne JPA more solid and sound financially. [Tuolumne] JPA insures 19 school districts in Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, and Tuolumne counties. Today we insure districts for their property and liability programs, Haz Mat and Asbestos services, as well as workers compensation.”  http://www.mymotherlode.com/community/blogs/1115482/Tuolumne-JPA.html

If you follow and explore the links provided below you discover what appears to be an obvious conflict of interest between the Tuolumne JPA (which protects and backs) Calaveras Unified School District (as well as other school districts) against financial loss and liability, and their third party/outside entity used as a risk management resource. Prichard Safety and Health is a property and liability loss control provider with the unique purpose of protecting the School District from catastrophic financial loss. Under this arrangement, Prichard Safety and Health is not protecting the students, teachers, and support staff—they are protecting CUSD from catastrophic financial loss.

Superintendent Campbell sits on the very JPA committee that oversees these liability issues. This arrangement does not appear to be in the best interest of the Calaveras educational community—students, teachers, parents, and support staff. Doug Carson of Prichard Safety and Health (a Safety Specialist who does environmental assessments and inspections for CUSD) is often presented to the public as an “outside entity,” which should make him an independent and objective service provider—no ties to the parties involved. However, a true third party/outside entity would not be named and listed on the same website (Tuolumne JPA) as the CUSD Superintendent. One man is on a committee to evaluate possible liability and loss; the other is on the ground (or in the classroom) protecting the school district against risk management and financial loss. Again, who is representing and protecting the children? We know who is protecting CUSD; Prichard Safety and Health represents (backs CUSD) … For the record, Prichard Safety and Health also backs (protects) Merced Unified School District against catastrophic financial loss. I have never met Mr. Doug Carson; however, I believe he has a number of credentials behind his name:  

LCS: Loss Control Specialist                  CPSI: Certified Playground Safety Inspector
CAC: Certified Access Consultant              CSP: Certified Safety Specialist

Unfortunately, the credential that stands out the most (as it pertains to his position and standing with CUSD and JPA) is LCS—Loss Control Specialist; that would be financial loss. I am wondering who pays his salary? More than likely, Doug Carson is paid by Prichard Safety and Health. Who, then, pays Prichard Safety and Health? In whose best interest are they operating? If they are being financed by Tuolumne JPA are they really an “outside entity” with the best (objective) interest of the JLE students and staff? If Specialist Carson has recently spent time on the Jenny Lind Elementary school campus, the question must be raised: is he there to protect and defend Calaveras Unified (financially), or is he there as an objective outside entity with the sole purpose of protecting the health and well-being of the Jenny Lind Elementary students and staff?
Please do not take my word as the final say in this matter; but only as a starting point.  My only goal is to point out information that is already public and readily available. If you follow and explore the links below you can decide if the terms “outside entity” and “third party” are accurately and properly used. Keep in mind …
Outside: not belonging to or connected with a specified institution, society.
Entity: being or existence, especially when considered as distinct, independent, or self-contained.
Third Party: is often used to refer to a person or entity who is not involved in an interaction or relationship.

Tuolumne Joint Powers Authority  Home Page

Committees of Tuolumne JPA
     Superintendent Mark Campbell sits on the Risk Management/Loss Control Committee
     
Property and Liability

Risk Management Questions and Resources
     Prichard Safety and Health (Terri Prichard & Doug Carson) listed resource.
   
Property and Liability: Resources and Loss Control Services (2011-2012)

JPA Agreement and Bylaws (revised July 2011)

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