James Powell is to step down no later than June 30, but that's not soon enough for some board members at the EOPA.
is to step down no later than June 30, but that's not soon enough for some board members at the EOPA
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Citing reports of unspent and improperly spent funds, and what some say are persistent management problems, several board members at a Toledo anti-poverty organization say they will use two federal reports that have come to light to attempt to immediately fire the agency's CEO.
Board members already voted earlier this month to force James Powell, chief executive officer of the Economic Opportunity Planning Association of Greater Toledo, to step down no later than June 30.
He has been the agency's leader since 2009 and was deputy director from 2001 until 2008.
But several say their organization must get rid of Mr. Powell
sooner if it is to have any hope of retaining its Head Start grant - the program for low-income preschoolers that makes up most of the agency's funding.
The agency is awaiting the results of a re-competition for the program.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
is expected to announce in the next several months if EOPA
will retain the program, or at least part of it, or if another entity such as the Toledo Public Schools
or a for-profit operator will run Head Start in Lucas County.
"Our first order of business is to satisfy HHS," said the Rev. Donald Perryman, a board member who favors immediately dismissing Mr. Powell
to show the federal government the agency is serious about making changes.
An attempt to immediately oust Mr. Powell
failed during a board vote at a special meeting earlier this month.
Mr. Jackson said the board has already voted that Mr. Powell
must leave the agency by the end of June, and the board should move on.
"I have no disagreement that Mr. Powell's
time has come.