Two Cars For Huberman Costs District $1800 / Month

CPS car leases

"Cost to taxpayers for Ford Crown Victoria and hybrid Ford Escape: At least $1,800 a month, not including driver's salary...The school district spends more than $800,000 a year for leased
vehicles, including gas and maintenance, according to data obtained by
the Tribune through a Freedom of Information Act request.... Eighteen officials at the school district have leased vehicles." (Tribune)

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  • Chicago Taxpayers, it must warm your hearts to see how Huberman feels so entitled to spend so much of your money so easily on himself. He shares the same arrogance as his mentor, Daley.

  • In reply to viniciusdm:

    The socialists trot out their hateful classism once again. Site traffic is lower than what it was when Russo was at Catalyst, and so he has to invent these sordid headlines to get attention.

    Mr. Huberman's salary and benefits are not out of line with a public official in his position. There are superintendents of much smaller districts in Illinois who are paid more. It is a condition of Mr. Huberman's job that he travel throughout the city. He does supervise more than 600 schools.

    Perhaps it would be a more interesting line of thought to query whether CPS really has 18 officials that need leased cars. It's the size of the bureaucracy that concerns me more than the official at the top of it all.

    --Danny

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    The buck stops at the top. To lead, one must lead by example. Huberman fails inherently on a number of levels in terms of leadership. Protecting and abetting Huberman says more about you Danny than you can imagine!

  • In reply to viniciusdm:

    Vini--your posts are rather formulaic. "Daley is evil incarnate, and Huberman is his puppet." Upon that formula you write several times a day on multiple comment boards.

    Have you any other ideas? It's really tiring to read you after awhile.

    --Danny

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Hey Danny, you do understand that this story came from the socialists at the Chicago Tribune right? I guess the reason that the NY and LA school heads don't get 2 cars is because there are more socialists there?

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Okay, having finally read the article at the Tribune site, let me try this again.

    First, apologies to Alexander for calling him names over the headline. Apparently, he was just aping the Tribune headline.

    Next, the second car lease does sound excessive, but Huberman's explanation is plausible. The lease costs less than hiring a second driver.

    This is small potatoes, as they say. Huberman may need the leased cars, but are there really 18 other CPS officials who need them as well?

    As far as "protecting and abetting" the Boss, I plead not guilty. Huberman-bashing is not a sport to be undertaken for mere recreation.

    There are many legitimate reasons for criticizing the schools' CEO. I just feel that this is not one of them.

    --Danny

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Small potatoes? CPS has fought me tooth and nail to avoid paying relatively small amounts to provide services my severely disabled child is entitled to in order to be adequately educated. And investments in humans can pay off. Cars depreciate. (Maybe that explains the lease. Haha.)

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    As a taxpayer, I don't actually mind that Huberman has a driver and car to get him to and from meetings and various events. That seems to be in line with both his position and other districts. However, I am astonished that in these tough budget times he *added* another car to his budget with the lame explanation of needing to come in early and stay late. With more cuts and layoffs coming, unnecessary expenses like that should be the first to go. I'm expected to find my own way to and from work regardless of the hours, and to pay for it as well. I don't see why Huberman can't do the same thing. I'd even be happy to see him reimbursed for the mileage at standard federal rates - or he could take the CTA.

    -yellowdart

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    "or he could take the CTA"

    Okay, yellowdart. You got the best line so far.

    --Danny

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    One car should be enough. It always has been enough. I am more concerned about the 17 other people listed in the Trib today who have cars. This is excessive and did not used to be the case with CPS employees. Greg Minnefield, Dispensa, Runcie, come on now. Give me a break. And I never even heard of the others.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Is this guy who works from 7-8 p.m. the same guy who just adopted a baby? Whatever for?

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Is this guy who works from 7-8 p.m. the same guy who just adopted a baby? Whatever for?

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    An education blog is very important to many of us parents and educators to inform us about our big urban school system, which is fraught with real issues we care about.

    I agree with Danny. One has to be diligent to keep this blog on an even keel. Some posters bring their frustration and rage while others educate and provide insights that resonate within us.

    Alexander makes this an excellent and up to date news board but is often self promoting. Some headlines are misleading, sometimes rumors are planted or sometimes we are inexplicably shockjocked and left wondering.

    It doesn't mean we don't appreciate your hard work to provide a forum, which you do very well. You are lucky you have an audience that tries to keeps this blog honest and useful. Maybe if this weren't Chicago, we wouldn't call you on the nonsense. But that's just us. Doesn't mean we don't like you when we like you.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Thank you Ron or Monique or one of your friendly trolls for your input! There is room for righteous indignation when a world class city like Chicago has fourth rate top administrators running the third largest schools district in the United States! Chicagoans should be angry at the hiring of a person who has had NO experience running a school district. The Daley/Huberman profile of actions shares very little of what REAL high performing school districts do. That is a fact. The one's we need to keep honest are Huberman, the mayor and our union.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    in this wbbm update, huberman questions whether the tribune got the story right about the two cars and says that the extra vehicles are used by 25 others at central office. is that better, or worse? check it out here:

    http://www.wbbm780.com/CPS--Huberman-defends-leasing-vehicles/6079141

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    My brother, who leases a Ford Escape Hybrid, pays $512/mo. for a very nice car. I wonder where the extra $3,600/year goes for the CPS lease.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    25! Can't they take the CTA? Since they ARE THE HUBERTeAM--they REALLY know how bad CTA is! HuberTeam is taking food+education away from the mouths+minds of the poorest Chicago children.
    How entilted they think they are! How they have learned from Big Daddy Daley. "What's that smell in this room? Didn't you notice it, Ron? Didn't you notice the powerful and obnoxious odor of mendacity in this room?"

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    The people at Central Office have been complaining for months that repair contracts on office equipment have expired so hours are spent doing something that should take minutes; that they are buying office supplies retail (at inflated prices) and piecemeal because no one is around to coordinate purchases any longer; and that staff who are paid $30-40/hour are spending time doing clerical work because they can't get approval to hire $11/hr. temps. So further evidence of waste should surprise no one.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    At least it is a hybrid! At first I felt that Huberman did not need the driver and the car, but he does need to go to meetings, read reports, contact officials, and he can't do it while driving. Cell phones don't get reception on the CTA trains sometimes. So I can overlook the cars and driver. I can't overlook if others are getting the same. As for the cost, he may not have been the one that signed the lease, so I don't blame him for the cost either. Someone else is probably in charge of the contracts and just signs and we pay.

    - Sam

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Keep this in mind: "education and insights" that resonate could lead to "frustration and rage."

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    18 is excessive--does the IRS know of this financial benefit to these wasteful employees? Hope y'all claim it on your taxes. Driving down state is a time waster. At this rate, a plane would be cheaper. As for long hours; that coming out of Ron's mouth is clear proof of his arrogance!

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Like Danny, let me try this again. This headline is not disingenous. It is honestly taken from the Tribune. I wrote the 3:08 comment because headlines are what we readers have to be careful about at this blog.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    The Trib or Suntimes did an article years ago on CPS-CEO Vallas, stating that his lady administrators, Cozette asnd Blondean, had to be protected so they needed cars/drivers. Well, that was just 3 autos/drivers. How in the hell did it get to 18? Youngins on the Huberteam are greedy. Thank you Sir, may I have another?

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Here's what I don't understand. Why are we wasting time on the title of the post--who cares? The title says that Huberman leases two cars for $1800 per month. Isn't that true? I for one and glad to know it. Another good question to ask is...What does the driver do when he IS NOT driving Huberman around? Does he have some other type of duty or does he sit around? If he's paid an hourly rate well than great. These are the types of issues and questions we should be asking instead of ragging on the title.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Babysitting maybe? Ron's a new dad.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Yeah, and what kind of a dad works from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Why bother having a baby. (He's just a plaything. . . gonna make him stay up all night)

  • In reply to kathyparker:

    and when your partner works out of the state you live in. Right--why bother?

  • In reply to kathyparker:

    Hey Trib: what about the van and driver at 125 that sits there all day waiting to go to the location on Elizabeth St? Teacehrs are not allowed to use it, even when they have CPS business at the HR facility at BOTH buildings. How much are we paying for that? What is the per passenger cost per day? Huberteam is about data-right?

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Is the van there all day? I thought it kept a schedule of stops.

  • In reply to SPAlexander:

    The van does keep a schedule of stops. I've never seen anything that says teachers can't use it - you get in, sign your name, get out at your stop.

    -yellowdart

  • In reply to SPAlexander:

    If Ron drives himself, is it his car? Does he have that little to do that he does not need hands-free to read or talk on the phone?
    If it is his car, is he getting miles back from CPS upon his SECOND stop and does not charge for going home? There is so much to abuse here!

  • In reply to SPAlexander:

    DO TEACHERS know they can take the VAN back to 125 and to 320? Where is ANY HR docs to teachers, even when you are there, that says there even is a VAN. The VAN is only for those who know about it! You have to show ID too.

  • In reply to SPAlexander:

    which side of the building? what's it look like? anyone ever tried to get in and told to get lost?

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    I use it at least every few months, and they've never asked for ID or anything else. I sign my name and where I'm headed and that's all. It parks on the Clark St. entrance when it's downtown, but isn't there long because it just stops to pick up/drop off. I honestly don't see what all the fuss is about - the schedule is posted at the security desk at CO and at Medill.

    -yellowdart

  • In reply to SPAlexander:

    I got to ride in it once a couple of years ago
    (the van, I mean). I wasat Elizabeth street getting staffed into a new position, and there was some snafu that suddenly had to be resolved at 125 So. clark St., and the lady told me to take the van so I could get it all done and without having to take my car into the loop and pay for parking. Very nice of her, but I never would have known about it otherwise...

  • In reply to SPAlexander:

    There was a van schedule on the HR section of the CPS site. It's probably still there.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    some further context and clarification from monique bond:

    "Huberman drives himself to and from work. He also drives himself on weekends to school related functions. He also drives to Springfield. He has access to a driver who drives a pool vehicle during the day and allows other staff members to have access to the driver and the pool vehicle. Instead of requiring a staff member to essentially make 5 trips every day (CPS HQ-residence-CPS-residence-CPS), it is less burdensome and more efficient for him to drive himself."

    this makes sense -- sort of.
    why not use the same car, though? -- have huberman drive himself to and from work, and then have him driven around during the day as needed.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    I am very reluctant to take shots at Mr. Huberman for the cars. But travel to and from one's primary place of work is considered by IRS as not deductable. Go to

    http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc511.html

    to see the rule. I work for a not for profit and I am required to follow this rule explictly. I can not claim travel milies even when I go to schools except when I travel from my place of work to directly to the school. If I go from my home to a school for a morning meeting, I can only claim the miles from the two points. I can not claim my trip back to my place of work in that situation.

    Because the calculation is so absurd to be honest if I go from home to a meeting I never even attempt to get paid for the miles, it is just too complex. Basically CPS should follow the IRS rules. If it wants to give Mr. Huberman additional compensation in the form of a car to and from home then this is considered by IRS to be a Fringe Benefit and according to IRS rules. This issue is discussed in the following publication:

    http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p15b_09.pdf

    If CPS is including the cost of the car used for travel to and from home as part of Mr. Huberman's earnings then it is completely appropriate. However, this cost should be included at part of Mr. Huberman's salary that the CPS Board offically approves and is publicly reported.

    If Blog readers are wondering how I could possbily know about obscure IRS rules, I will tell you all. I got caught by IRS for having a car provided to me for transportation to and from my office when many years ago I worked in commodities for a trading firm. IRS considered the car a Fringe Benefit and I had to pay back taxes plus a penalty following an IRS audit. Really no fun.

    Rod Estvan

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Retired Principal said: Now that we know that Mr. Huberman has car transportation, what CPS schools will be closed, phased out, consolidated or turnarounded for the 2010-2011 school year?

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    now huberman is a tax cheat? when i read the IRS rules. how can CPS provide transportation to and from home? "Huberman drives himself to and from work." is this conversion of government resources for private use.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Oh Sam--are you kidding? Ron is the man at the top (just under Daley.) It is Ron's watch. Ron has his hands on the wheel here.
    That's the problem; Overlook it all. Do not accept the Blame, ignore accountability and be a poor-performer, while he forces performance management on eveyone else. Don't make things right--participate in the corruption.
    This should NOT be the behavior of a public school CEO!

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    If our President can say that it "was on" his "watch" Ron needs to step up now. Do not hold you breath-Ron has left corruption and big $ problems at CTA, tried to get an illegal pension credit at CPD, etc. Why should Ron not have 2 cars and 25 CPS emplyees using cars and drivers on the taxpayers dime?

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    The drivers for the Huberteam are salaried employees. When not in use, they stand around. Now they will not be next week or next month, (like roaches when the lights come on, but give it time. The trib should have watched these drivers BEFORE they published the story.

  • How does he sleep at night? I spend more that $1800.00 a year on supplies for my classroom. Something is very wrong here.

  • The article points out evidence of two things: 1) that Huberman has at least one car he should not have - and - 2) that Ms. Bond is paid to lie. Get rid of both and that's 8-10 layoffs that don't/didn't have to happen.

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