Dear Editor:


When you thought you have seen it all, once again the Waukee School District defies logic and insults its taxpayers. Another raise for a COO with questionable lack of ethics gets another 2 percent raise after two investigations proved a number of unethical actions and possible intimidation to those who reported him. His actions cost the district (Taxpayers) close to a million dollars, excluding legal fees and two more pending lawsuits for intimidation leading to resignations. This insult comes via the Waukee School Board with one brave dissenting vote. We were taught, crime does not pay, but in this case, not so.


While teachers’ salaries are in negotiations, Mr. Rose moves to front of the line after already receiving a 6 percent raise since his 2017 investigation proving his violation of district policy many times. Is this bonus points for his admission of wrongdoings? What a sad lesson for the children and residents of Waukee.


As the district is being audited by the state, the Chief Financial Officer resigns for another job. This gives an appearance of a larger mess as she is a named defendant in an upcoming law suit. Of course, when asked to comment; No comment.


The Whistle Blowers Law needs some amending. This fiasco has cost the district more ways than one in their defense of those who fail at their positions. Employees with the courage to report waste, fraud and malfeasance suffer intimidation and retribution not only by the rightly accused but an incompetent and arrogant school board. I urge both Republican and Democrat officials to see this example of corruption as an opportunity to learn. Three employees lost careers for doing the right thing. If this law cannot provide better protection, it will cost us all millions that could be put to better use. A Corruption Tax to be more accurate.


Tom Mazza


Clive, Iowa