Updated with italicized info below at 5:10 p.m. Jan. 2, 2012:
A statement from the seven former Patrick Henry board members, cited "documents that uncover a questionable relationship between a recent PHSSA board member, Reggie Malone, and the Superintendent of Richmond Public Schools, Yvonne Brandon." Those former board members include Marjorie Bertolino, Bonnie Brown, Ph.D., Deborah Butterworth, Richard Day, Jessica Hoffa, M. Susan Martin and Krista Simmerman.
Former members of the nonprofit Patrick Henry charter school board have released the contents of an extensive Freedom of Information Act request to Richmond Public Schools that includes e-mails through which the board's former vice president, Reginald Malone, allegedly was passing draft legal documents and communications among board members directly to Richmond Superintendent Yvonne Brandon. (See links at end of this post.)
In these RPS-provided communications between Malone and Brandon, Malone often strikes an informal tone: "Hey Dr. Brandon, check this out," he writes a number of times, as in a Sept. 13, 2010 e-mail that includes the forwarded e-mail communications of then-board member Bonnie L. Brown, a VCU professor, and current board member Deborah Corliss. Brown and Corliss are discussing how to report a grant awarded to the school board. In October 2010, while the charter school's foundation board was negotiating a contract to make up the difference between RPS's agreed-to principal salary and the amout the PHS board agreed to pay Principal Pamela Boyd, Malone forwarded a copy of a proposed contract to both Boyd and Brandon. In other e-mails, Malone seeks meetings with Brandon, offering her times when she might meet him at the Patrick Henry Elementary School parking lot (between 8 and 8:15 a.m.) or referring to the convenience of a convenient store meeting.
The links below are to PDFS of documents that the group of former board members received: