Who is Benjamin Olagadeyo? Or, for that matter, Samuel Taye Olagadeyo? Or Mary Olagadeyo? Or Bematolas Environmental Consulting, LLC? Bematolas appears to be an artificial name created out of the personal names–BEnjamin, MAry , Taye, and OLAgadeyo. Don’t you love a mystery–especially when it has something to do with the way Newark schools superintendent Cami Anderson spends public money? Help me find out the answers and I will post the results here.
What we do know is that, according to trustworthy sources, Benjmain Olagadeyo showed up at the Hawthorne Avenue school Thursday with a key to the building. He was the leader of a delegation of people who descended on the school without notice.
Those people are all in one way or another essential to Anderson’s plan to take the Hawthorne Avenue School away from the people of the city and give it–via lease, apparently–to TEAM Academy Charter schools. It’s part of Anderson’s “One Newark” plan to close neighborhood public schools and help charters like TEAM and Uncommon Schools (Northstar) increase their enrollment and polish up their brand.
TEAM Academy is run by Tim Carden of Montclair, a former business partner of Christopher Cerf who, in turn, is the former New Jersey education commissioner and a close associate of Cami Anderson who once helped run Cory Booker’s campaigns. And mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries was a founding trustee board member of TEAM Academy. Oh, it all gets so confusing and financially and politically incestuous that it’s almost impossible to follow. But Carden, Cerf, and Anderson all are tied up with the Christie Administration’s plan to make Newark either an educational colony run by rich white b’wanas or an educational experiment (or both) by destroying neighborhood public schools and helping charters to grow and make money. See my earlier articles on Pink Hula Hoop.
Back to Benjamin Olagadeyo: So he shows up with all these people to conduct an inspection tour. He seems to be a Newark employee and, in fact, on some of the social media sites, he is described as working for the facilities management division of NPS. He also is listed as a “head custodian.” This is taken from Linked-In:
newark, new jersey
Asbestos inspection and survey. IAQ Expert. Asbestos projects monitoring, HAZWOPER Expert, Integrated Pest Management. Facilities Management
Similar sites link him to Samuel Taye Olagadeyo and Mary Olagadeyo and Bematolas Environmental Consulting, Inc. Oh, and one of the companies with which he has linked himself is Uncommon Schools. That’s Northstar.
Curious minds want to know: Who is he? Why did he have a key to the Hawthorne Avenue School? Is he both a consultant and an employee of the Newark Public Schools? Have his relatives been hired by the schools? How does that work?
I don’t know whether anything illegal is going on. But I’d like to know more about the Olagadeyos and Bematolas Enviornmental Consulting, LLC–wouldn’t you?