Not much of a surprise that these 2 young ladies are being taken advantage of. Stories and promises keep changing from the district. Nothing like spewing out lie after lie to avoid accountability. I'm glad these girls are fighting back and speaking out. I hope their case prevails and the district pays up, with interest and penalties to boot.
I would like to see if administrators work with no competation. Do they put their time in and not get what was promised to them?
What is further not well known is that coach Sesha Haynes and cheer advisor, Maria Estrada, who also just happens to be Montgomery principal Rodrigo's secretary, in collusion with NON-compliance officer, McLaughlin, with the full knowledge and approval of Superintendent, Ed Brand, all lied to the coaches and told them they had cancelled the cheer program in an effort to cheat them out of the remainder of their contract!!
To quote Brand, "I can't make Mr. Rodrigo continue the program when most of the work has already been done and there is not much left to do the rest of the year." WOW!! Way to go to cheat these young ladies out of their full year's due!! Take their sweat equity up front and then kill the balance of the dollars fully owed!! It's like offering a construction contractor half the pay for a job in which 90% of the work was already done!!! Unreal!!
But it gets worse!! To cancel the program would have been outside of compliance with District guidelines as ALL the high schools within the District must offer the same programs and it is not within their authority to cancel one high school's program only!! But of course Mr. NON- complaince himself would have known this. Ya think?
SO, what did they then do? Sesha Haynes and Maria Estrada then told the Montgomery cheerleaders and their parents that their coaches, Revanna and Vanessa, up and quit on them without good-bye or any notice!! Nice!! Some cheerleaders have been so tainted against these innocent coaches that they have NO interest in even hearing the truth!!
This goes far beyond money, folks!! These girls have suffered irreparable harm to their otherwise good names and pristine reputations; not to mention the emotionally draining and distressing interruption of their lives and their all but now shattered dreams to launch their own local private cheer program.
Keep in mind these were outstanding graduates of Brand's own District. Gamez was one of the most outstanding flyers of their cheer team in high school, popular and admired.
And Gonzalez helped put the then new Otay Ranch High on the map when Channel 10 news did a feature story on her at the end of her freshman year, allowing the school and its principal to share in the glory of her accomplishments. Gonzalez was in Otay's Academy of Justice and Criminology program. She was featured because she was one of an exclusive group of students (one per state per year), and the youngest ever to attend, invited to participate in the FBI Youth Academy in Quantico, VA. She trained along side FBI agents earning the pysically intensive honor of the coveted Yellow Brick. Channel 7 also did a story on her. And guess what? Brand was superintendent at the time!! Yepp!!!Way to treat your own, indeed!!
THESE GIRLS NEED TO GET PAID!
NO ONE WORKS FOR FREE!
THIS IS SAD AS A SAN DIEGO NATIVE,
I AM EMBARRASED THAT OUR CITY CAN TREAT THEIR OWN
COMMUNITY LIKE THIS!
I KNOW FOR A FACT THAT NO ONE IN THE SWEETWATER DISTRICT IS WORKING FOR FREE, BECAUSE OF THEIR GOOD GRACES.
DO THEY THINK THIS ISSUE WILL BE THROWN UNDER THE RUG
BECAUSE THEY ARE YOUNG GIRLS?
ANYONE CAN COME TO THE BOARD MEETING!
PLEASE COME AND JOIN AND SUPPORT!
THIS IS NOT FAIR FOR THE GIRLS NOR THE GIRLS ON THE CHEERLEADING TEAM WHO ARE LEFT WITH NO TEAM, BECAUSE OF THE DISTRICTS CORRUPTION!
Garrett Harris 8 p.m., May 23
Carrie O'Connell noon, May 23
Walter Mencken 9 a.m., May 23
Liz Swain 8:30 a.m., May 23
Don Bauder 6:30 p.m., May 22
Ian Anderson 5 p.m., May 22
Dorian Hargrove 4:30 p.m., May 22
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