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Maschke demands refund from Sabbs

DAVID MASCHKE

DAVID MASCHKE

ALBANY — Dougherty County School Board member David Maschke has sent a letter to Darrell Sabbs and Associates, demanding a refund of $11,377 on a $91,000 contract that Maschke says was not completed.

The contract called for Sabbs to conduct 14 “Saturday Academy” days for instruction to boost the reading skills of between 50 to 80 Dougherty fourth-graders.

“The indisputable fact is that Mr. Sabbs’ contract called for 14 days of instruction, but he only provided 12 days and the 13th was a shortened ‘field day,’” Maschke said. “I’m not arguing about if the contract was properly awarded. I’m saying that Mr. Sabbs never performed the all of the services in the contract.”

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DARRELL SABBS

Maschke asserts that Sabbs overbilled and was overpaid.

“An ethical businessman would admit he overbilled and return the county’s money,” Maschke said.

Maschke’s letter set a 3 p.m. Friday deadline for Sabbs to deliver a certified check to the office of DCSS Superintendent Joshua Murfree.

“The purpose of my letter is to give him the opportunity to return our money,” Maschke said.

Late Friday after the deadline, DCSS Finance Director Ken Dyer was contacted and said he was unaware of any check from Sabbs being delivered to the office.

Maschke said if no refund was forthcoming, he would ask the School Board to consider legal action against Sabbs.

Comments

FryarTuk 1 year, 8 months ago

Absolutely! sue the rascal. I want that guy under oath to answer questions! Fire Graber if she won't come clean. I'll bet a six pack of coca cola the money trail leads to #34. There is a rotten odor about this and it rises to the high heaven. Get it all in the sunshine. Tommy Coleman, you have been charged to investigate and you should get it done.

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LuLu 1 year, 8 months ago

Maybe Mr. Maschke should apply for a grant from Phoebe Putney to get the money back. Phoebe just sent out letters this week directing anyone who wants to be considered for one of their grants this year should contact Mr. Darrell Sabbs. Is he in charge of their charitable disbursements?? Bad move, Phoebe, especially right now!

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Cartman 1 year, 8 months ago

Refund? Don't hold your breath.

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dingleberry 1 year, 8 months ago

From the outset, this was an expensive contract that would have produced little in terms of educating children. Proposed for 80 students, it involved far less who actually attended and the potential positive impact on other than Sabb's pocketbook raises the eyebrows. So it makes the situation even worse when what was proposed and paid for is not even fully presented. DCSS hires a lot of "consultants" but what they do other than take our money is questionable at best.

This contract looks like a case of friends taking care of friends. In cases such as this, rules and policies merely get in the way which is why they are ignored. I find it hard to believe the Superintendent did not know about the contract and was not involved in the decision. Friends taking care of friends.

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athens 1 year, 8 months ago

mascke has a big back bone!!! atta boy Dave,,, thank you for having the guts to stand up for what is right. The minority leaders will never do so. Where are they???? Sinking Albany for payoffs.

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athens 1 year, 8 months ago

maschke has a big back bone!!! atta boy Dave,,, thank you for having the guts to stand up for what is right. The minority leaders will never do so. Where are they???? Sinking Albany for payoffs.

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OldAlbany 1 year, 8 months ago

Since Mr. Sabbs has not returned the money or even made an attempt to respond to Mr. Maschke's deadline of the past Friday, he then should be called in to the WHOLE school board and told to explain what Mr. Maschke has discovered.

Mr. Maschke before you leave I would push to have #34 give a detailed explanation to the board and community on why he thought that this service provided by Mr. Sabbs would have even worked. Has it? Mr. Maschke I know that you have more than likely tracked or asked if these 80 students have shown any progress. Have they? Credible progress that can be tied to Mr. Sabb's efforts. If not, then demand the whole amount paid back.

It will never happen - but Mr. Maschke you have served well, and I think the best way you could serve District 1 is expose ALL the Dirty Little Secrets of DCSS between now and November.

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confusedCITIZEN 1 year, 8 months ago

Maschke, has opened a can of worms!

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 8 months ago

Mr. Sabbs got a nice big smile. I would too if I was taking in hundreds of thousands of dollars from various SOWEGA entities for doing basically NOTHING and driving around all day in a Hundred Thousand dollar vehicle. I would be smiling BIG!! Wait....he IS smiling big already!

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laurieny 1 year, 8 months ago

Mr. Sabbs is not qualified to run a reading program for anybody...he has only a high school diploma....Graber obviously is in over her head with this job and should be fired,

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Amazed2 1 year, 8 months ago

Guess the DCSS does not have staff that reads sufficently so they have to hire Mr. Sabbs do a program or part of a program. Even though I don't know what qualifies him to teach/ Gee I bet you could get some ASU grad students to teach reading for a heck of a lot less. I guess they read? Don't they? Maybe Mr Sabbs will give the DCSS a raincheck for his uncompleted contract. I doubt they are going to see a refund.

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