Everything starts and ends with leadership
Marsha Sutton, Education Reporter
EMPOWER STUDENTS NOT UNIONS!
Our current elected majority board members lack accountability. transparency, and integrity. The majority board members have made many poor decisions promoting their own personal agendas and special interest groups. They have induced a culture of secrecy, stonewalling, and lies. These unlawful and undemocratic practices are harming students, teachers, parents, and taxpayers. They serve as a poor roles model for leadership.
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No Urgency in Addressing School Safety
61% stated that the “District schools are safe.” Despite a number of school shooting threats and parents and the community have insisted that the TPHS permitter needs to be secured, the District has yet to implement a plan to secure the facilities. Clearly, the board majority has limited sense of urgency.
Inducing Emotional Distress and Trauma
The majority of the board members repeatedly punish students harshly for innocent and silly mistakes. However, they repeatedly close a blind eye on teachers and staff who sexually assault, harass, and bully students.
Not only they lack compassion, some of their actions have induced much trauma and emotional distress to some students and their families.
Lack financial accountability and transparency
From 6.5 Million Surplus to 10 Million in Deficit
The district went from having a surplus $6,5000,000 in 2016 to a projected deficit of over $10,000,000 in 2018. This is due to poorly made decision by the majority board members to give everyone a raise of 12.5% – 35%.
- Budgeting for the San Dieguito raise
- District “JABs” SDUHSD Taxpayers again (and again): 20%-35% increases for Top Paid Employees
Gift from District to the Union?
“For years, the association president Bob Croft did not teach, requiring the district to hire a substitute teacher to cover his PE classes. He made almost $200,000 a year and spent his entire time conducting union activities, including activities that at times supported board candidates, out of a classroom that the district gave him to use on Earl Warren Middle School’s campus. Instead of asking the union to reimburse the district while he was on leave to conduct union activities, the district appears to have let the union keep the money.”
Highest Paid District with Limited Credential
Yes, teachers should be get paid top dollar for their hard. And yes, employees and staff should get paid top dollar for delivering quality of work. Everyone’s pay should be attached to their qualifications, experience, and credentials.
- Do you find it outrageous that SDUHSD CFO, Delores Perley, has no college degree and manages over 145 million dollars?
- Do you find it outrageous that Executive Assistant to the Superintend makes over $143,000 a year?
You can check for yourself. Go to https://transparentcalifornia.com/salaries/2016/school-districts/san-diego/san-dieguito-union-high/
Interesting enough, salaries of 2017-2018 has not been updated yet, why?
Collaborating with our Communities
Both TPHS and CCA have over 2,600 students on campus with each grade consisting of approximately 600 students. Even with so many students, there is a limited sense of community at these schools. There are limited activities to bond students and engage parents. For example, there were hardly 200-250 people in attendance at the CCA gala, yet the school has thousands of students.
We need leadership to demonstrate integrity and take ownership. We need a leader who is attentive to student’s needs, collaborative, a global thinker, a creative problem solver, fiscally responsible, and an excellent communicator. We need to restore trust and confidence in the community.
Current board member Joyce Dellasandro keeps promoting for large class sizes. She believes that it increases engagement. Class sizes in our district averages 38 students per class. Research clearly states that smaller class size is more conducive to full engagement, critical thinking, and learning.
Engaging an Unethical Law Firm
The district hired the same deceitful law firm to represent them that was charged in a lawsuit by the SAN YSIDRO SCHOOL DISTRICT.
This law firm is raking up unnecessary fees: harming students, their families, and putting the district at grave financial risk. It’s occurring in our district and Joyce, Amy and Beth are allowing it to happen.
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