OPEN LETTER TO BOARD PRESIDENT JIM CARTMILL AND BOARD MEMBERS:
The 2012-2013 Accountability Progress Report has been released. The ONLY school in the SUHSD that has met criteria in English Language, Math, API, and Graduation rates is Montgomery High.
Mr. Cartmill, Ed Brand has failed to deliver - in a couple of weeks when his Performance Appraisal is up for discussion I urge you to stop the hemorrhaging by relieving Brand of his duties. What has he brought in the way of improvements - not a thing. The figures do NOT lie - you remember the controversy last year involving a certain high school, well it appears the whistle blowers were correct judging from the numbers just released.
These numbers are indicative of one thing - lack of leadership from the top, lack of focus on the education of our students - instead he is out there wheelin' and dealin' with his perceived back room deals. Brand was/continues to be hell bent on giving away a portion of our facilities via free rent for Alliant - a University that is more than capable of paying its own way.
Controversy, aren't you and the other board members about fed up with one scandal after another authored by Ed Brand? It is time to stop the madness, all eyes are on YOU, JIM CARTMILL as president of the board. How will you vote? How will the rest of the board vote?
At the end of the meeting we are expecting to leave focused on a new future with a superintendent that is trusted and respected - currently he enjoys neither - not from us or staff.
chulavista_resident may be for real. I doubt that, because here in Reader comments we have seen "sock puppet" comments in several situations, not the least of which were cases when Don Bauder was getting too close to home. Whoever he/she is, he/she should know that the Reader doesn't "smear", but rather seeks the truth. resident comes across as someone who has a big stake in this show-and-tell, so read those comments with a large dose of skepticism.
I sure hope Arne Duncan is reading all of these comments. I am learning a heck of a lot about what is really going on with my taxes and I am not liking it one bit. Jim Cartmill and John McCann had better start talking and explaining to us why they are doing nothing to curtail their boy Ed Brand. While I haven't followed the politics of this school district for very long I can tell you it hasn't taken me long to figure out this ship is sinking and fast
MEG - you take exception to anonymous yet you choose to remain so. Your comments read friend or wife, not that it matters as both are entitled to their opinion.
I take exception to the brush you have used to paint the 'author' of this story. the READER and Ms. Luzzaro have been providing factual in depth coverage that pointed to the alleged corruption in some of our South Bay districts long before the antagonists went to the DA or FBI. If you had the taken the time to follow the relevant news provided by The READER via Luzzaro you would know that all that has been reported has been found to be factual.
I have to say I am about fed up with all of the pretenders, the persons who consistently refer to the 'poor inner city youth' as if they were a cancer that needs treating. The students of CPM and their families are to be celebrated not pitied. The balance in ones checking account does not define their worth or goals. Many of these 'poor inner city children' as you call them have gone on to be highly successful - and they did it without wearing a tshirt that referred to themselves as 'dawg or dog'. Is there room for growth, in all of our schools YES, but they do not need a self serving author to mandat they adhere to his model.
What of the teachers that alerted their community to the truth, they were like those hard working professional at Granger - sick of a certain person promoting self. The teachers that I speak of, they are the true heroes, they could have used that 20k in their classrooms for their students, they could have used that tshirt money, and they surely could have done without their classroom windows being painted over. What of the alleged missing ASB funds, where are they? What did the principal perceive was a good use for that money? - college banners? Give me a break!!!!!!
"We used this exact model". MEG here is a 411 for you, these kids are not lab rats for you to experiment on and I resent your reference. They could give a rats batuee about your model, and the same goes for me. You have done little to help the case of said principal selling HIS book about HIS model.
I am reminded of another snake oil salesman, he too worked in the Castle Park community, he too consistently sold himself as the great savior for these 'poor inner city children' - he cared alright - about enough to dip into ASB monies. He too had a friend singing his praises- currently they are both GONE!!!!
Make no mistake the teachers and good administrators at CPM are the persons we should be applauding not the self promoting friend/husband you are attempting to defend.
While I don't currently know what CPM was scheduled to have in regards to the Prop O process, it seems that our illustrious leadership could have planned for some sort of mini ampitheater complete with awning as a shiny gathering spot for the students. Slapping a $20,000 stage in as a band-aid seems pale in comparison.
Until I know which funding (General Fund, ASB) is covering which portion (Stage, t-shirts) I won't be able to comment further. Except wondering if either was approved by the student body to fund with their money. (Don't they have to go through some student approval for those purchases?
Also, when was the stage ordered? Was it ordered as part of the general site improvements that have been going on, or did we just find out about Duncan's visit, and go "we need to put him on a pedestal"?
As for the school improving, have you seen their scores lately? For the entire district?? According to API site I just looked at, CPM made no progress whatsoever. Make no mistake, we WANT test scores to improve, we WANT these schools to shed these stereotypes (That we are NOT promoting), we WANT all of our schools (we are not East vs. West) to achieve.
Slapping paint over windows will not achieve this.
(For the record, my kids are west school.)
MEG, At first when you said "We" I thought you were part of Granger and Castle Park, but then you couldn't be because if you were you would know that the Granger turnaround program and the grant written for Promise Neighborhood uses the slogan,
No Hay Pobrecitos. You should not be limiting these students with your labeling of "poor inner-city kids."
As for sources to the article, please read the article--there are three named sources: trustee Bertha Lopez, district spokesperson Manny Rubio, and district CFO Al Alt. If teachers and parents are more vulnerable -- then they need to be protected as sources.
But, thanks for commenting.
MEG - anniej here.
Your arrogance and ignorance is showing. No where in my post did I elude to east side being more deserving, AND if you knew what you were talking about you would know that I have for 4 years been fighting for the schools on the west side. I guess Ed Brand forgot to educate you on that.
I am west side, and proud of it!
Allow me to educate you Prop O, have you heard of it? Or are you too busy with the book to know what is going on district wide? The 644 million dollars bond that was voted in is paying for the renovations on the west side. If you have issues with how it is being spent you might just want to trouble yourself to attend a Prop O meeting - I have for the past 4 years, interesting, I do not recall seeing you there.
Those east side folks, their taxes are the majority of the monies that fund Prop O - you aware of that?
The manner in which you speak of this community and these children is quite demeaning, although you make a failed attempt to act as their savior. These children have as much intelligence as those on the east side, they have dreams and ambition.
You seem to have lost the focus of my comments. It seems to be all about what BB is doing vs. what the teachers and other administrators are committed to - WHY? There is no I in the word 'team'. You fail to comment regarding the impostors I reference.
YOU RAISED THE ISSUE OF CHEATING, funny no one else here did.
You defend the spending far too aggressively - you fail to address the ASB funds that are allegedly missing.
Look if all it took was a tshirt to make an A student, I have no doubt every parent in America would be out buying one. What you fail to understand is this - BB is not the reincarnation of JC -
I would like for you to explain your TOTAL ignorance regarding the campuses on the west side - you state they have inadequate gyms and theatrical stages. Talk to me, explain the state of the art theatre auditorium at Chula, explain the new gyms at Mar Vista and Sweetwater, explain the new track and football field at Montgomery. Soon to come a new gym at Montgomery.
Bonita Vista, an east side school just THIS YEAR had their HVAC system restored and they are one of 'those' east side schools.
If you want to come here and defend BB go for it, but please be reminded many reading KNOW THE FACTS - they are teachers, and administrators, district office personnel, and west and east side taxpayers.
We taxpayers will not stand for fiduciary irresponsibility. We want our tax monies spent in the classroom!
Parents, students and teachers if you would like to have a say in how your school is renovated, please attend the Prop O meetings and let your voices be heard. Also ask to be on your schools Prop O committee.
Again what about the missing ASB funds, where did they go?
Hear, Hear, AnnieJ,, I sense your frustration with the everything is great and good in the district being spouted by a few of new commentors. We are on the same page. see below
meg, I reply here so it is at the same level as your reply.
First the issues many of us are frustrated with involve the documented disgressions of the District.
The district is comprised of the "Trustees", their appointed/hired hand "the superintendent" and his chosen "Advisors" and "Staff". Their arrogance and lack of communication with us the customers of their service (Education) is the main problem. Their overall lack of concern for the law with their "Network" of power is the real issue.
I for one think the recognition of CPMS is great but let's be honest what have the Trustees, superintendent and adminstration really done for CPMS? and what are they doing to the rest of the district?
So, please continue to write and read these comments, defend what you believe in, but don't belittle us for not seeing it your way either.
Ladies and gentlemen, I have been off of the blog/comment circle for a couple of months, however it seemed to me that we are missing the big picture here.
First and foremost the eastside vs. westside arguement is nearly moot in the fact that there is more money being spent through Prop O ($640,000,000) on the westside than has been spent on the eastside.
Most of the District sites either have some "newer" construction on them like Mar Vista's new Gym, (8 years?) and the renewed CV Middle School (1 year), pretty nice, Sweetwater High (1 Year), Hilltop High (1 year). Paid for by all of us.
On the Eastside while we have relatively new buildings Eastlake High (20 years?), Otay Ranch (15 years?), Olympian (6 years?) being paid for through CDR/Mello Roos, they are deteriorating at a very fast rate due to different construction standards, cost overruns, and over-crowding due to Open Boundaries. So back-off the facilities issues....
The place we all should be standing together is the fact that our Trustees, Superintendant and some Staffers are not looking out for the best interests of the District or the Students. We have a Scandal involving Prop O Money, Pay for Play with regards to district contractors (including Food Services and other "contracted services"), Miss-use of CDR funds (Mello-Roos). Empire Building examples, Alliant University, Sweetwater University, Grand Canyon University, the CPM Teaching Method "Ownership", Political Stepping stones (Mayor McCann, hard to even joke about). Undocumented possibly illegal use of ASB Funds, "L" Street Property, majority of the district schools on academic improvement. I could go on but I'm sure you are starting to get the picture.
The leaders of the district are egotists, screwing up what once was a good school district by working to their own needs and not to those of their constituents, us the taxpayers, citizens and students in the district. Let's forget about East and West, let's use this "Dog and Pony Show" at CPM as another example of "Egotism" of the Empire Builders, Let's let the students, residents and faculity at CPM enjoy their success and noteriety (by the way the "Value" of neighborhood schools, most middle schoolers still attend their neighborhood school).
However .....Let's never forget the overall predicament that the District is in and who got us there.
Best to you all, BBQ
Meg you are way off the wall on this one. I don't know when the last time you toured a school on the eastside but OMG they are falling apart. I am a proud parent of a CVH student and Meg we get all the bond money on the west side. Your cheating comment maybe staff on the west side care a lot more then those on the east side because they speak up.
Have you been following Ms. Luzarro at all she doesnt report anything without facts. You tell me where the slant is on this article? Mija it is all the information that the district reported. Dont read between the lines mi reina facts dont lie only our superintendent does.
So stop bitching about the west side schools so that the east side schools dont get our money. BTW bonita was built in 1966 and looks like crap. Those east side schools pay a crap load more of that mello something tax.
Wouldnt you people like to see over 30 k that was spent for the hoopla to go into the classrooms for lab supplies or other things. Come on people get with the program think whats important use your cabezas on this one.
And really district staff needs to get off the blogs these are for people that care about whats going on. You are way to transparent you would have to living under a freaking rock to defend the SUHSD. People please go back to work.
HMMMMM Jimbo and McCann are being real quiet on this but they for sure will be on stage with the Duncun guy smiling waiting for their photo op. But the parents know who has cut programs. Thats right the voting block of Ricasa, Cartmill and McCann under the direction of fast eddy.
Truth is objective? Is there some other side that these facts represent? Reminds me of Brand chastising news outlets for putting a spin on stories unfavorably, telling them "This is how the story should have been reported".
Any comments by Susan on her articles that I have ever seen were responding to questions or others comments. (Other journalists do this, it is not unusual.) Or requests to others to contact for details in other areas.
BTW dont the ASB funds belong to the kids?
MEG - not to worry, you are not frustrating us - to the contrary we appreciate the opportunity to share the facts.
In the mix of all of this let us remember we are the stewards for the youth in our community.
I believe you would be surprised to know just how many people follow Ms. Luzzaro, ask Ed. He goes into a tizzy every time he hears -
"GET YOUR PAPER, GET YOUR READER HERE!!!!!"
Dear chulavista resident and MEG:
OF COURSE WE HAVE AN AGENDA! GLAD YOU RECOGNIZED THAT WE ARE INTENT! We pursue our goal of bringing transparency to the secretive and dark ways of the Superintendent and his henchmen in the Sweetwater District...a school district that is SUPPOSED to be about educating our future citizens. Ed and Co. are not setting a very good example, so we are trying very hard to be diligent citizens and stakeholders to 'help' them make better choices about how they spend our money and educate our children.
We have learned they are not to be trusted with any public money, and this is yet another example of their perfidy. You may become upset as we call them out, AGAIN, but then that is our right as we foot the bill and have the Constitution on our side.
If you think you can scare or silence us by challenging our right to express our opinions, you should think again, and again, and again.
In this instance, they are indeed taking yet another opportunity to appear as though things are just ducky (they are not....4 of 5 trustees indicted, money flying out the window to pay for underwater real estate ventures, wheels and deals with private so-called universities, ad nauseam. )
Susan Luzzaro has done yeoman's work to keep the community informed of the travesties and tricks being foisted on this community. She deserves our applause
I, for one, love the headline to this story: "We're painting the roses red" a la Alice in Wonderland. Mr. Duncan may just as well find himself tumbling down the rabbit hole if he ventures too close to fast Eddy.
ASB funds are not missing rather they were spent on items that are clearly visible on the CPM campus. The question is not where is the money but what was it spent on and why?
Just so it is clear to readers who do not know the school (CPM), almost all of the classrooms that are currently used by students were rebuilt a decade ago. The ends of the buildings were kept in place while everything else (outside and interior walls, roofing, floors, electrical, windows and air conditioning) was new. The ends are kept so that it is technically a remodel so monies can be saved on the permit process, very common in the building trade, but for all practical purposes, they are brand new buildings. I realize the old, worn out school narrative sounds good to people pitching all of this fiction about the school for their own self-promotion, but the problem is that it just does not fit into reality.
I'm not an architect but it is not too hard to figure that if the remodeled classrooms were built with a complete wall of windows they must be meant to supply natural lighting to the room and perhaps be more energy efficient. Why then would you ever even contemplate painting over virtually brand new windows? Why would the district approve such an action? What licensed contractor would even consider the job? How does the paint affect the atmosphere of the classrooms on the other side of the paint? Who owns the school -- the principal or the district?
Garrett Harris 8 p.m., Aug. 19
Eva Knott 4 p.m., Aug. 19
Ken Harrison 3:30 p.m., Aug. 19
Daniel Farrell 1:36 p.m., Aug. 19
Ken Harrison 12:11 p.m., Aug. 19
Ian Anderson noon, Aug. 19
Dave Rice 11:30 a.m., Aug. 19
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