There are a lot of people involved in the ongoing TCAPS controversy. Let’s get to know them:
TCAPS Board President and appears to be the driving force behind Ann Cardon’s ouster; referenced the police at the 10/11 board meeting, but it’s unclear if she was threatening Erica Moon Mohr or the members of the peanut gallery; sources report that she wants to fill Larry Inman’s Michigan House of Representatives seat.
Former TCAPS board member. She retired just before the s. hit the fan.
TCAPS board member. Tries to play both sides, but ran as a block with Kelly and the others, and consistently votes with them.
TCAPS board member and retired teacher from Central High School. Backs Kelly.
TCAPS board member and retired social studies teacher from East Middle School. Backs Kelly.
TCAPS board member. Backs Kelly. Rants about Trump on Facebook.
Erica Moon Mohr
TCAPS board member and leader of the opposition; ran as part of the TEAM5TCAPS group with the intent of ousting Paul Soma, the lone TEAM5 member to win a seat on the board.
Newly installed interim superintendent of TCAPS. May just be a figurehead given that he’s coming out of retirement for the gig.
**Couldn’t find a photo of Jim Pavelka, so here is a photo of former ABC Bachelor candidate Jake Pavelka**
Attorney who advises TCAPS; told Erica Moon Mohr to stand down under penalty of law at the 10/11 board meeting – it was something you’d expect out of a starring-no-one-you’ve-ever-heard-of, straight-to-DVD legal comedy. Obviously going to be named Cooley Law School alumnus of the year.
Associate superintendent; Soma and Kelly yes man; was a finalist for the superintendent position originally despite lacking the credentials of others. Rumored to have been waiting in the wings to take over Ann Cardon’s empty chair, but was not named after public outroar. Also, the only person in the world named Jame.
Ousted – I mean mutually-agreed resigned — former superintendent of TCAPS. Lasted less than 80 days despite relocating for the position.
Retired TCAPS superintendent. Called the inquiry into the Homeschool Partnership a violation of parental civil rights. Now works for the company that sold TCAPS bonds.
Executive director of MI Excel. TCAPS paid him for something to do with the superintendent search. He’s also involved with TCAPS to implement “The Blueprint,” which is some kind of district-wide plan to make TCAPS great again. He’s under investigation by the Michigan Department of Education. Platitudes that don’t really mean anything are his specialty. His podcast reminds me of multi-level marketing motivational tapes.
Former TCAPS associate superintendent who resigned from TCAPS to go work for MI Excel and Grant Chandler.
Local representative to the Michigan House of Representatives. About to stand trial for bribery. Arranged for an 11th hour $700,000 pork payment in order to help TCAPS avoid liability for the Homeschool Partnership funding scam. Besties with Paul Soma.
Local Michigan State Senator. Chairs the Michigan Department of Education Appropriations Committee, but says he hasn’t read the Student Research Finance Collaborative. Has been silent about the TCAPS upset as well as about Larry Inman’s federal charges. Larry Inman holds his old seat.
Local attorney who has spoken at board meetings.
Traverse City Education Association (teacher’s union) president. Backs Kelly/Soma, and why wouldn’t she, Kelly and Soma arranged for big raises for the union while they were still under contract. McBride-Culver says that the Homeschool Partnership count fraud was only about “[A] small pocket of vengeful individuals who wanted and worked to see Mr. Soma fail.” According to McBride-Culver, if you support the inquiry into the Homeschool Partnership count fraud, you are one of the “rotten people.” She calls the TEAM5 group the “forgotten 5.” (Jane Klegman “liked” her comments.)