New Superintendent Dr. Robert Haworth is presiding over a serious situation involving his predecessor.
“I feel blessed to be here,” Dr. Robert Haworth said. “We will work through this.”
Earlier Monday, the Marion County Prosecutor filed charges against Tanoos for bribery.
The 24-page affidavit alleges that Tanoos was influenced to award work to Newburgh-based Energy Systems Group or ESG.
The alleged activity occurred between 2013 and 2014. It allegedly involved bribes of food and beverages and tickets for entertainment, the total value is not known as this time.
Energy Systems Group issued a statement, it said…
““For the past 18 years, Energy Systems Group (ESG) has proudly partnered with the Vigo County School Corporation to bring energy-saving and infrastructure modernization projects to its schools. Those projects have generated significant energy and cost savings for the school system and its taxpayers and will continue to do so in the coming years. We are surprised and disappointed by the news of criminal charges filed today in Marion County against retired Vigo County School Corporation Superintendent Daniel Tanoos. ESG has and will continue to fully cooperate with law enforcement in the course of their investigation, and we have conducted a separate internal investigation into this matter.”
Dr. Haworth also said the corporation will cooperate fully during this difficult time.
“This situation we will work through,” Haworth said. “This is more of an adult situation as opposed to a child center piece. We will continue to deliver quality education for our children.
The charges against Tanoos, are the latest legal issue that have troubled the corporation.
Back in 2016, the FBI arrested former Vigo County administrators Frank Fennel and Frank Shahadey for alleged fraud, theft and bribery; stealing close to $100,000 from the Vigo County School corporation in a kickback scheme.
Both men were convicted of those crimes earlier this year.
Tanoos retired as Superintendent in July and took over Shahadey’s position as the corporation’s Director of Safety.
Obviously, many people are reacting to the news.
A number have taken to social media including our Facebook; the majority of comments reflect feelings like this, “we all knew this was coming.” But a couple of people, said “let’s wait to hear the evidence.”
On Tuesday, the board of trustees will meet to discuss the matter; we will attempt to provide you with information from that meeting.
We’ve also learned that Danny Tanoos was taken into custody in the Marion County Jail and was bonded out on Monday.
During the regular schedule Vigo County Board meeting it was business as usually; the board held the final reading for Dr. Haworth’s Strategic Planning Process.
By an unanimous vote the board passed plans to get the public involved in school renovations, build community involvement and more.
Plans for a public forum over the 2019 budget was also discussed and the date will later be released.
The school also celebrate receiving a grant.
“Tonight we talked about a 2.8 million dollar grant that’s going to benefit children,” Dr. Haworth said. “in a little while when grades are released you’re going to have to find a corporation that is performing above the mark.
The school will also be releasing an updated head lice policy in the upcoming days; which will state that any student with lice will be sent home. They can return the following day, but will be checked further for lice. This will be done at the discretion of the school nurse whether the student can return to the classroom.
The next school board meeting is October 8th, to discuss the budget.
Also, we want to point out Dr. Danny Tanoos has been put on paid administrative leave from his current position as director of safety.
He will appear in court, on September 26th.
We reached out to Tanoos for comment but have not heard back at this time.