Since the East Texas oil boom in the 1930s, Kilgore has always been a brass-knuckle town, sometimes figuratively and sometimes literally. Last year, the Longview News-Journal reported accusations that Kilgore College administrators directed employees to illegally dispose of asbestos, and college trustee Brian Nutt was quoted as demanding an investigation. Less than 24 hours later, he had a bullet through his front door.
The Kilgore establishment – on and off campus – has never been receptive to criticism, and it doesn’t want reformers like Mr. Nutt asking too many questions or challenging the status quo. So I was not particularly surprised when the Kilgore News Herald reported last Wednesday, under the heading “KC attorney wards off watchdogs,” that college attorney Rick Faulkner had sent a cease-and-desist letter to Dean Kinney, Tommy Konczak, and Phil Patterson. Why? Because Mr. Kinney had dared to request a copy of a report about asbestos on the college campus.
This afternoon I sent a letter to Mr. Faulkner in response. As the letter indicates, Kilgore College is about to get sued. In fact, the college – and most of the trustees – will soon be facing multiple lawsuits from multiple plaintiffs, and those plaintiffs may include some former employees who were exposed to asbestos and now suffer from lung diseases.
In the coming months, I also plan to post evidence of serious financial mismanagement at both Kilgore College and the Kilgore Independent School District. Yes, I’m referring to the Kilgore Heights Elementary School property. Stay tuned.
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Did you fail to notice that the C-and-D was sent because THEY BROKE THE LAW in misrepresenting themselves while trying to get a preview of a report that “legally” belongs to KC? OF course, that report will become subject to full disclosure under open records, but NOT before it is delivered to the “customer/client.”
My following comments were deleted from Longview News Journal’s article http://www.news-journal.com/news/2015/jul/30/health-care-costs-drive-job-cuts-at-kilgore-colleg/#comments . They were deemed inappropriated and violated their community standards. The Free Press has failed Free Speech!!!!
My comments were, “The lies never end. In a recent board meeting it was reported that the expected money savings from outsourcing housekeeping and landscaping not only co$t more but the service was substandard.
Now they want to outsource maintenance as well.
The reason those two departments were outsourced was to cover up a sexual liaison between administration and workers in those departments. Outsourcing the whole department was the least complicated way to get rid of some rogue employees. Many good employees lost jobs because the calloused administration and useless board covered up the actions of their buddies. Intimidation and threats were leveled at current employees to not talk about the sexual indiscretions. On campus multiple rooms were set up to facilitate these drunken sexual acts. The maintenance department was told to do illegal acts such as using public funds and equipment to repair private air and heating, refrigerators, repair private vehicles, haul unused and leftover supplies and equipment to administrator homes and even to some publicly elected officials. Texas Rangers investigated, the DA refused to press charges and good employees lost their jobs because administration can’t keep it in their pants. This is all part of public record available through public information requests, or just ask current or past maintenance personnel.
Now they want to use the same strategy to get rid of some brave whistleblowers.
If you want to save real money, purge administration and start over. This is just one of the many dark secrets within the hallowed halls of Kilgore College.”
Did the Nut receive “a bullet through his front door?” Or did he put the hole there with a drill?
Did Nutt receive “a bullet through his door?” Or was it a self-inflicted drill bit?
You are seeing my struggle first hand with administration with Mr. Harrison’s comments. Mr. Harrison is a newly retired Dean from Kilgore College and could still be on the payroll. He is not alone in trying to spread such inflammatory questions. Others in Administration are actively engaging in such disturbing behavior.
Anyone can contact Detective Trey Portwood at Kilgore Police Department to get the real facts, not inflammatory speculation.
In response to Mr. Nutt’s comments below, I’ll say first, for the record, Mr. Nutt, I am not currently and have no plans ever to “still be on the payroll.” I am simply a concerned citizen who wants to know the truth. Also, as a member of the College’s Board of Trustees, you should know that deans are not included in the administration: that distinction is reserved for vice-presidents and above. In a recent phone conversation, which you initiated, you presented your side of the incident. I am perfectly willing to look at the incident from your point of view and to accept your explanation of your actions. I do wish your side of the conversation had included less anger and name calling, however. If you wish to continue this discussion, then I suggest a face-to-face discussion, just the two of us. That way we have no distractions to take us away for the subject at hand.
James 1:19–Therefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger: