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    Is Sky YMCA about to take over Sarasota YMCA?

    Inside information that Sky family YMCA is about to take over Sarasota YMCA. Both YMCA organizations are hurting for money, but the Sarasota branch is really in trouble. Is Knight still at the helm of this sinking ship too?

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    Lightbulb Knight steps in to run SKY Family YMCA

    Quote Originally Posted by Earle Kimel
    VENICE — The SKY Family YMCA CEO Pat Ryan abruptly resigned, so Sheriff Tom Knight, the chairman, is now CEO, juggling duties with his job as sheriff. The YMCA grosses $24 million annually and operates in southern Sarasota, Charlotte, Bonita Springs and Lee Counties. It is rapidly expanding it's growth model into early childhood education:

    • In March 2018, it opened the SKY Family YMCA Sunshine Education Academy at the new Rod & Elaine Hershberger Child Care Center, in conjunction with PGT Innovations.
    • It then built another $1.8 million campus called Sunshine Education Academy on Center Road.
    • It is now getting ready to build a $2.2 million academy in Bonita Springs.

    Knight said, “I had a 7 a.m. YMCA meeting with them yesterday. And I was on the phone with them in the parking lot before I came to this interview with you. And I’ll go back there this afternoon. They email me on purchases for approvals.”
    Full story:
    https://www.heraldtribune.com/news/2...ky-family-ymca
    Journalism can never be silent: that is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault. It must speak, and speak immediately, while the echoes of wonder, the claims of triumph and the signs of horror are still in the air.

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    Thumbs up Real estate scam making big money off school vouchers

    Quote Originally Posted by Earle Kimel View Post
    VENICE — The SKY Family YMCA CEO Pat Ryan abruptly resigned, so Sheriff Tom Knight, the chairman, is now CEO, juggling duties with his job as sheriff. The YMCA grosses $24 million annually and operates in southern Sarasota, Charlotte, Bonita Springs and Lee Counties. It is rapidly expanding it's growth model into early childhood education:

    • In March 2018, it opened the SKY Family YMCA Sunshine Education Academy at the new Rod & Elaine Hershberger Child Care Center, in conjunction with PGT Innovations.
    • It then built another $1.8 million campus called Sunshine Education Academy on Center Road.
    • It is now getting ready to build a $2.2 million academy in Bonita Springs.

    Knight said, “I had a 7 a.m. YMCA meeting with them yesterday. And I was on the phone with them in the parking lot before I came to this interview with you. And I’ll go back there this afternoon. They email me on purchases for approvals.”
    It’s complicated and it’s related to making money off school vouchers.

    Key GOP players have been doing backroom deals in preparation for voucher education revenues from the State. For example, big money is made by renting land, buildings or facilities for exorbitant prices to privatized educational corporations that get their State money from school vouchers. The bulk of those State vouchers end up paying for exorbitant rental prices (for the facilities). Conversely, the privatized school staff are grossly underpaid with little job security, when compared to public school teachers. A huge portion of the voucher money is used to rent educational facilities and lands for outrages fees. That’s where the key GOP players are making their money off the vouchers. It's a legal real estate scam, albeit it's an unethical way to scam taxpayer dollars.

    In this particular case, Knight is in the back pocket of key GOP personnel who are gaming the voucher system by building-out the educational facilities through the SKY YMCA corporation, in preparation for charging exorbitant rental fees. That’s why there is a huge push to build-out the educational facilities now, to receive a greater flow of incoming State vouchers.

    Again, it’s complicated and Knight is caught-up in it, whether he knows it or not. However, he will be handsomely rewarded for allowing the use of the "office of sheriff" to give this financial scheme the illusion of ethical legitimacy (at his retirement because he is not running for reelection).

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    It’s complicated and it’s related to making money off school vouchers.

    Key GOP players have been doing backroom deals in preparation for voucher education revenues from the State. For example, big money is made by renting land, buildings or facilities for exorbitant prices to privatized educational corporations that get their State money from school vouchers. The bulk of those State vouchers end up paying for exorbitant rental prices (for the facilities). Conversely, the privatized school staff are grossly underpaid with little job security, when compared to public school teachers. A huge portion of the voucher money is used to rent educational facilities and lands for outrages fees. That’s where the key GOP players are making their money off the vouchers. It's a legal real estate scam, albeit it's an unethical way to scam taxpayer dollars.

    In this particular case, Knight is in the back pocket of key GOP personnel who are gaming the voucher system by building-out the educational facilities through the SKY YMCA corporation, in preparation for charging exorbitant rental fees. That’s why there is a huge push to build-out the educational facilities now, to receive a greater flow of incoming State vouchers.

    Again, it’s complicated and Knight is caught-up in it, whether he knows it or not. However, he will be handsomely rewarded for allowing the use of the "office of sheriff" to give this financial scheme the illusion of ethical legitimacy (at his retirement because he is not running for reelection).

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    This is what you get when a Sheriff is more interested in his own post retirement political aspirations than his current appointment.
    The school voucher concept is good, but unfortunately, certain people have devised a way of profiting off of it by stealing the lion's share of the vouchers. It's unethically ingenious and legal, but it's the children who are stolen from (in the bigger picture). Knight is entangled in that voucher mess with SKY YMCA schools Inc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    It’s complicated and it’s related to making money off school vouchers.

    Key GOP players have been doing backroom deals in preparation for voucher education revenues from the State. For example, big money is made by renting land, buildings or facilities for exorbitant prices to privatized educational corporations that get their State money from school vouchers. The bulk of those State vouchers end up paying for exorbitant rental prices (for the facilities). Conversely, the privatized school staff are grossly underpaid with little job security, when compared to public school teachers. A huge portion of the voucher money is used to rent educational facilities and lands for outrages fees. That’s where the key GOP players are making their money off the vouchers. It's a legal real estate scam, albeit it's an unethical way to scam taxpayer dollars.
    Once the following voucher Bill passes (and it will), then the SKY YMCA voucher program will be a huge money maker. Knight is in at the ground level:
    http://www.mysuncoast.com/2019/03/14...florida-house/

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    Please take the job!

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    Lightbulb Proposed School Voucher: “Family Empowerment Scholarship”

    Quote Originally Posted by “Jackie Kelly”
    A proposed school voucher called the “Family Empowerment Scholarship” is going to be voted on in the Florida Senate this spring. It would allow families to put their children in private schools, using tax dollars to pay for it.

    Sarasota School Board Chair Jane Goodwin is against it because the Sarasota School District has already seen a $30 million annual funding decrease for the past three years. Instead of taking away money from public schools, the government should focus on funding them.

    Goodwin explained that if taxpayer money is going to be spent on private schools, then private schools should be held to the same standards. "There's no oversight as to the staff's background. Whether they have a degree, whether they have a teaching degree. What they teach…"

    Goodwin said that “education is a complex business. We have made it so complex that people outside can’t understand it. And what’s happening now is that brand new legislatures that go to Tallahassee don’t understand it, so they vote for whatever somebody tells them to do. And then when I sit down and talk to them, they say [in genuine surprise], ‘Oh, does that really happen?'”
    Full story:
    http://www.mysuncoast.com/2019/03/20...ucher-program/
    Last edited by Media; 03-20-2019 at 04:17 PM.
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    Thumbs up Insider legislative trading with taxpayer dollars

    Quote Originally Posted by Jackie Kelly View Post
    A proposed school voucher called the “Family Empowerment Scholarship” is going to be voted on in the Florida Senate this spring. It would allow families to put their children in private schools, using tax dollars to pay for it.

    Sarasota School Board Chair Jane Goodwin is against it because the Sarasota School District has already seen a $30 million annual funding decrease for the past three years. Instead of taking away money from public schools, the government should focus on funding them.

    Goodwin explained that if taxpayer money is going to be spent on private schools, then private schools should be held to the same standards. "There's no oversight as to the staff's background. Whether they have a degree, whether they have a teaching degree. What they teach…"

    Goodwin said that “education is a complex business. We have made it so complex that people outside can’t understand it. And what’s happening now is that brand new legislatures that go to Tallahassee don’t understand it, so they vote for whatever somebody tells them to do. And then when I sit down and talk to them, they say [in genuine surprise], ‘Oh, does that really happen?'”
    It's similar to insider trading via manipulating the Florida legislature to pass certain Bills to discretely make key GOP people rich.

    For example, the local Sarasota GOP trio (Sheriff Tom Knight and Mr. Joe Gruters and Mr. Eric Robinson) banked on the Florida Senate's passage of their proposed school voucher Bill, as the sole reason for overbuilding the SKY YMCA's school footprint way before the voucher-proposal was even introduced to the Tallahasee legislature. That's insider trading. The local Sarasota GOP trio banked (correctly or incorrectly) on having enough legislators in their back pocket, to get enough votes to pass the Bill.

    The SKY YMCA school infrastructure build-out is now financially overextended because there is an over supply of school buildings, without enough students to fill them -- but the insider plan is for the Bill to pass -- and if the Bill does not pass, then the YMCA will fold, due to gross financial mismanagement. It is either going to be a boom (if the Bill passes) or it will be a financial bust (if the Bill fails). Now you know why insiders have overextended the SKY YMCA in their school building frenzy. Insider trading is risky when internal schemes are exposed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    It's similar to insider trading via manipulating the Florida legislature to pass certain Bills to discretely make key GOP people rich.

    For example, the local Sarasota GOP trio (Sheriff Tom Knight and Mr. Joe Gruters and Mr. Eric Robinson) banked on the Florida Senate's passage of their proposed school voucher Bill, as the sole reason for overbuilding the SKY YMCA's school footprint way before the voucher-proposal was even introduced to the Tallahasee legislature. That's insider trading. The local Sarasota GOP trio banked (correctly or incorrectly) on having enough legislators in their back pocket, to get enough votes to pass the Bill.

    The SKY YMCA school infrastructure build-out is now financially overextended because there is an over supply of school buildings, without enough students to fill them -- but the insider plan is for the Bill to pass -- and if the Bill does not pass, then the YMCA will fold, due to gross financial mismanagement. It is either going to be a boom (if the Bill passes) or it will be a financial bust (if the Bill fails). Now you know why insiders have overextended the SKY YMCA in their school building frenzy. Insider trading is risky when internal schemes are exposed.
    The proposed school voucher is craftily worded under Florida HB 7075. Here is the text:
    https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bil...Text/Filed/PDF

    And the proposed school voucher is partisan (so far), but that could change:
    https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bil...b=RelatedBills

    On the other hand, Joe Gruters is proposing a new state law to protect LGBTQ rights in Florida:
    http://www.mysuncoast.com/2019/01/29...ity-workplace/

    Hi Mr. Tom Knight. Say hello to Gruters for us.

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    Wasn't it a YMCA that ran the now-defunct TRIAD school at Wilkinson and Sawyer Roads. It was a school that was for the kids that were expelled from county schools and I thought I heard it was subsidized by county money. Those of you that have been around for a while will remember our loving nickname for that place was BURGLARY 101. Is this what we can expect from the crooked trio of Dewey, Cheatem and Howe, a.k.a. Knight, Gruters and Robinson?

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