G-Editorial™: OEPA REPORT and the True Facts! Hough’s Ad in Democrat Was NOT FACTUAL
The OEPA report is representative of and demonstrates the facts involving what Ramco Technologies tried for 3-years to communicate to the Board—and further went to great efforts to convince the Superintendent that his decisions were WRONG!
John Bennett allowed those who know NOTHING about technology to make decisions and destroy what progress was made with the little money available to keep the technology up to date.
Ramco Technologies, although asked by the board, to bid for the contract REFUSED TO BID, unless the conditions leading to the destruction of technology infrastructure were corrected. RAMCO was not interested in any contract that would simply throw good money away on mediocre technology.
RAMCO TECHNOLOGIES REFUSED TO BID AND THE GLENVILLE DEMOCRAT AND GERRY HOUGH PURPOSELY MISLED THE CITIZENS AND SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR KNOWINGLY MISLEADING THE PUBLIC FOR POLITICAL GAIN.
Ramco Technologies DID NOT BID, because a key factor was that there was a lack of LEADERSHIP in the system to make good technology decisions.
The track record for bad decisions involving technology in the school system was long and sad.
Ramco Technologies had performed technology service involving computer systems, networks, electronics, training, and more for about 20 years with the annual payment ranging from $9,600 to $26,000.
Ramco Technologies provided full service 24/7/365. This full service provided was done WITHOUT any other compensation for tools, test equipment, computers/laptop, mileage for travel, insurance, medical benefits, and retirement benefits.
Despite these hardships, Ramco Technologies guaranteed the service and work.
Ramco Technologies often purchased needed software at its own expense to maintain and upkeep the system. Ramco DONATED labor, hardware, software, operation expenses –that included numerous benefits provided to the school board.
Ramco technologies performed these needed functions for the good of the community since Ramco technologies is a local business, with family that are from and reside in the community.
Ramco Technologies often installed needed parts without any charge as part of the contract not because it had to, but rather out of a service to the community – Board Members and some Principals can testify to this.
Ramco Technologies fixed equipment and maintained a 99.99% up-keep. If anything was down at any time, it was because Ramco was not told about it.
But that changed because a few administrators who knew nothing about technology and the system, decided they knew it all.
This led to many miscommunications during this service, due to missed communications between management or among board members and school authorities.
During the bidding process, the board and superintendent did not want to change the conditions that led to the technology disaster and told RAMCO TECHNOLOGIES it could not bid more than $25,000 because that was all they could afford. Since Ramco had performed well with track record –with out of pocket service, this act by the board and the superintendent was certainly uncalled for and unbecoming of proper standards in good business relations.
However, at the same time, the superintendent asked the board to approve bids of $28,000 plus—- for 20-hours and/or 4-days a week service, to others who had no previous performance history or who earned top standards of good up-keep and exemplary service with updated products. Computer systems in modern times need periodic updates, and qualification and dedication is a significant factor when considering outside service.
Fortunately, the board did not act on these less experienced contractors or approve the bids – mostly for the reason of prior negative experiences or bad track records of those specific vendors recommended by the superintendent.
Unfortunately, the reasons for Ramco NOT BIDDING, involved the refusal of the Superintendent to properly address the technology concerns, in which he cited lack of knowledge in that area.
Further, the Superintendent refused to follow the Boards instruction multiple times, and suggested the hiring of outside contractors to perform those duties!!
This suggestion was puzzling given the fact there were many more qualified people in the community. The Superintendent suggested hiring a person who first had to be trained for a near $50,000 yearly salary—- which was far above the original budget, and then acted on that decision with little or no explanation!
This NEW DEAL, previously not announced or advertised included ALL the benefits that further included dental, eye-care, and retirement.
The salary with the job description made for a 40-hour a week, about 225 days a year and NO Guarantee of the work, but surprisingly included a hefty expense package for local travel and equipment needed to repair.
People of Gilmer County should know that Ramco Technologies always FIXED the problems according to teachers’ and staff’s needs. But now, according to the Superintendent himself, two Board Members, many teachers and staff, the solution to every problem is to either erase the systems or replace them, which has proven to be counter-productive to all the years and all the expense involved to keep the current system functioning at a satisfactory level.
Some of the Teachers’ computers have been erased without the teachers’ knowledge and often teachers have lost data they had, some for up to 7-years. This type of damage and loss of data should never occur, but it is simply par for the course now!
Many Systems are sitting around for months not fixed, or installed. If a teacher really complains, the technology director stops the legitimate complaint by saying:
“Don’t worry, we will get you a new one, we have money!”
This quote had been verified by several staff members and teachers who still contact Ramco Technologies for assistance and wish they had the Ramco service once more since the service was reliable and above normal standards.
In the OEPA report, the reference to Ramco could be somewhat mis-leading.
Ramco technologies provided invoices for the work performed without a contract and the invoices were given to the superintendent in a timely manner.
The superintendent did not act on the invoice for weeks and months at a time, and then reported them lost.
And then they were found!
It was a continuous merry-go-round of delay tactics orchestrated by none-other than the technology director, and was allowed to continue by the Superintendent!
All invoices provided by Ramco had full details, but apparently the purchase order created improperly afterwards must not have.
The entire matter was extremely unprofessional, costly and time consuming and amounted to a complete business disaster if one was desirous of making any kind of profit for which there was none!
All of this hardship for Ramco Technologies occurred at a time when the superintendent, technology director, and a principal kept presenting vague questionable invoices without any details and no-bid contracts citing lack of time and loss of funds (by design) if the board did not act upon important matters, and the list goes on.
The School Board often asked questions, but got a typical…
“I am not sure, I will check on it,” answer from the superintendent or blamed a secretary.
Nonetheless, the Board always approved the questionable purchases.
Now to Our Gilmer County Prosecutor:
Did Gerald B Hough do his Research and obtain CORRECT information?
Hough, according to his ad in the Glenville Democrat, has revealed his racist, slanderous, and libelous side. A side that a prosecutor cannot afford to have.
Hough complains about citizens abusing free speech from one side of his mouth while he actually commits acts of racial hatred making Hough the very definition of a hypocrite!
Gerry Hough, with a Bible under his arm, offered $1 for one third of a landowner’s property, and then threatened that person with eminent domain without the knowledge of the Gilmer County PSD,—while he himself collected hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayers’ money for a piece of trashy property at the slip in hays city in Glenville. (Just ask Mr. R. Terry Butcher, Thrasher Engineers, and The Gilmer county PSD).
Hough allows the needy to live in trashy filthy places, while collecting hefty rents from HUD! In addition to what HUD pays him for rent, he demands additional rent from the impoverished renter. Should Mr. Hough add the title “Slum Lord” to his resume?
Hough created a fake invoice for $16,000 in a matter of 15 minutes for the purpose of ILLEGALLY overcharging a local business for work done without justification for his client – and then practicing private law, while getting paid to be a prosecutor, which is a clear conflict of interest and Hough needs to be reported to office of disciplinary Counsel. (Just ask Mr. R Terry Butcher).
HOUGH was not prepared in a breaking and entering case after the Gilmer County Sheriff Deputy gave him the list of about $10,000 worth of damage, and then by the victim when he asked for it again because he lost the first one – and then, after all that – the list was dismissed because HOUGH forgot to present it properly to the court.
Hough thought there was a lot money to be made in the internet business and decided to go against Ramco Technologies by deceiving friends into contributing a lot of money without a proper business plan or the knowledge in that field, and then embark on a business venture without doing any proper research on the matter and the knowledge necessary.
Hough brought in an inexperienced, uneducated business partner without any knowledge or prior experience in the field; all because he saw an employee at Ramco had purchased a sports car and said there is money to be made and I got to have it. Now how ridiculous is all that?
Gerald B Hough called me a terrorist and member of Al-Qaeda, and then communicated this to a Gilmer County Magistrate and the previous magistrate secretary when he discovered we had purchased our farm.
Hough could not make any money in the internet business because of his lack of knowledge and business savvy, so he figured if he could not do it, no one could, and I must be getting help from Osama Bin Laden himself in order to buy a farm in Gilmer County.
Gerry Hough wanted all the success for himself. If he wanted the technology contract he could have merely underbid the competitor, but that was not profitable enough. He chose a more sordid path by attempting to destroy the competitor’s business reputation. Hough and business partner pressured the BOE to give them the contract, but at the time, the board did not have to bid it out.
People in general may be able to get away with saying what they like whether it be racist or not, but a prosecutor does not have that luxury, nor should he.
People who express legitimate concerns or question actions of public officials are labeled “terrorists” by Hough.
In modern day AMERICA, this insulting and racist action by Hough as a prosecuting attorney is despicable!
Hough abuses his position as prosecutor and often acts illegally with NO CONSIDERATION for the law, and then scares and terrorizes people with the threat of jail.
Hough has yet to give us any result in regard to his call for the special investigation of Freddie Hill and “No Foul Play!”
Was there an investigation, or did Hough lie again?
Hough has not explained to the public about election irregularity in Gilmer County under his watch!
Hough has not done anything about the missing and then re-appearing properties during the previous Gilmer County Clerk’s term, where two Gilmer County Commissioners admit to the wrongdoing and call it a simple mistake. Hough did this to cover up a crime. It is not simple mistake when the missing property was part of a felony trial that Hough brought that was false. It is ABSURD to call the matter a simple mistake and actionable.
Hough tells the police officials to stretch and delay complaints of wrongdoing as long as they can. Is this the type of man you would call “good” and “just”?
As for Our Local Newspaper Editor:
Apparently, the editor is desperate to fill space and sell his paper. Fortunately, The Gilmer Free Press has become the number one source for articles and ideas for local newspaper to copy (Even by Democrat’s own Survey – Below). How does a newspaper get free County-Wide Broadband service while taxpayers cannot? Simply lie to the readers about broadband coverage and advertise it in the newspaper.
Has Mr. Corcoran become a liability to the community instead of an asset?
HOUGH AND CORCORAN LIED IN THE 26 MAY 2011 EDITION OF THE DEMOCRAT AND BOTH OF THEM NEED TO PUBLISH A CORRECTION OR FACE POSSIBLE LEGAL ACTION!!
To Gerald B Hough and Dave Corcoran, stop your false rhetoric and get your facts straight:
RAMCO TECHNOLOGIES DID NOT LOSE ITS CONTRACT. RAMCO TECHOLOGIES REFUSED TO BID BECAUSE OF BAD DECISIONS MADE BY THE LEADERSHIP WHO HAD NO CLUE ABOUT TECHNOLOGY AND WERE MORE INTERESTED IN HAVING IT THEIR WAY IN ORDER TO ABUSE THE SYSTEM ALL THEY COULD WITHOUT ANYONE NOTICING.
The Gilmer Free Press is just the messenger of citizens. The citizens have been able to express their opinions here where they could not do it before in this county. GFP requires and knows the identity of all the authors. Some remain Anonymous from fear of retribution from people who are in power and have the abusive power to make life miserable for them.
A good example of this abusive power was demonstrated just recently by Gerry Hough!
Hough is abusing his power by threats, and then threatens any person with jail that brings out the truth of wrongdoing through evidence—as was just witnessed when he was found to be guilty of subornation of perjury.
Hough was proven guilty of perjury via a title opinion which is a valid court document and by all rights Hough should have gone to jail for conspiracy.
Message to Mr. Hough….
You see Mr. Hough, if you just read the WV Department of Education OEPA report, you can easily see, all the citizens comments in relation to the educational system issues, have come true and are verified. As for the rest of the issues, the time is coming. So please quit using your position to threaten and create hardship for the citizens of Gilmer County as you have been known to do in the past. Clearly, the citizens are unhappy you are in office, because you have proven to be a dishonest man that can’t be trusted.
Gilmer County Citizens are NOT stupid! So don’t try to feed them lies!!
We are SICK of your lies and false allegations Mr. Hough!
I would like to invite you, on behalf of the citizens of Gilmer County, to a public forum with all expenses paid by the Gilmer Free Press, so you can tell the community your side publicly and they can ask their questions and get answers in a civil manner. Their tax dollars are paying you, and you owe it to them. It is time to make some changes, and one of those changes should be GERALD B HOUGH.
Please let us know and we can make all the arrangements. Thank you
G. Dave Ramezan
The Gilmer Free Press
PS. Mr. Hough you DO NOT have permission to copy or quote this information and publish it on your Retort of the Ghost Wolf site nor does Mr. Corcoran have permission to use it in his newspaper.