According to the above article, "Meanwhile, Ida Spector, the mother of Gonzalez, called district superintendent Ed Brand. According to Spector, Brand reassured her and said not to worry, “we take care of our own.” He promised to pay both women and even suggested to Spector that when her daughter received her teaching credential “the district wanted first shot at her.”
So, Ed, just exactly WHO are 'our own'? It does not appear that he mean these hard-working and trustful coaches, now does it?
Perhaps by 'our own' he means, instead, the indicted members of the Board of Trustees. Again I ask, WHO is paying their legal bills as they prepare to defend against their indictments that include charges of extortion, bribery, perjury, etc.etc.etc.
I personally know how hard these girls worked and its just wrong for the district to not pay them.
Again, classic Ed Brand. The man apparently doesn't have an honest bone in his body.
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!
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!!
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?
This would be the collusion mentioned down the line in the comments.
Not surprising when one knows how Ed Brand does business...
Makes one wonder what has been promised in exchange? Pathways being made straight? Bonuses? Ed loves to bring more people into his organization (as distinct from SUHSD, although it is possible to be a member of both).
Firstly, a big thank you and kudos to Susan Luzzaro and the San Diego Reader for bringing this injustice to the public's attention and awareness!!
ALL of the comments are amazing!!! Let's keep up the pressure on this District that is wholly lacking a moral compass. And I agree with anniej above!! It would be great for these young ladies to have a live show of support from their community by attending this Monday evening's meeting even if you don't want to speak!! Hopefully the news cameras will be rolling as well!!!
Also, hope the Montgomery High Cheerleaders and their parents that now know the truth will also start to leave comments and show up at the meeting. But of course, what is not well known is that Sesha Haynes has now taken the place of the coaches she hired and has scheduled try out practices at the same time as the meeting! Nice!! Coincidence?
I think not!!
Apparently, there are willing staff participants at all levels in this deception as well.
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'm sure the banquet was lavish and to base the pay of an employee(s) on the "money left over from expenses" is cerrtainly not the way to operate. The employee(s) needed to be paid first and the balance used for celebration. The caterer was certainly paid "up front", why not the girls who gave of their time and talent for the event..
What is this telling the community, Come work your heart out and if we have some extra change we might throw it your way, don't worry about what we agreed on. Don't you think it will be hard to get any more outisde help after this. Where is the trust we place in our school officials.
How can a school make an employment agreement with people, watch these people perform their agreed upon services day after day for a long period of time and NOT PAY THEM??? WHAT A DISGRACE!!!
I find it totally irresponsible that these young ladies were treated
so badly. It is a total disgrace to the system for this to have
happened. They gave of their time and trained others while
under the impression they were employed to do so. This has
done irreparable damage to them as well as their reputations.
Maybe the Prez of this board will hold his employee responsible. Yeah thats right buddy!!!! Brand you are the freaking employee not the other way around. I think I might take popcorn to this board meeting just to listen to that little spit fire Lopez actually demand a response from Brand. Thats right Brand submit that respectively. Oh yeah maybe we can also expect the Ricasa lady to give another lesson on respect, well lady you earn respect and your employee has not done that...
Take a look at this video: http://youtu.be/1EcqvxrsEEg
This is beyond ridiculous! I completely agree on what these comments are saying. If these girls worked their butts off day after day for a whole year, how can the school NOT PAY THEM?! I feel so bad for these two girls and the young cheerleaders at Montgomery cause now their program has been cancelled. The school district needs to man up and do what is right and pay these girls and stop doing shady stuff like this!!!
I would HIGHLY recommend all attend the board meeting Monday night. Help these young ladies by turning in a speaker card and demanding that our board and superintendent pay them for the services they rendered.
There does not seem to be any honor here.
So let's concentrate on what we want....which is fairness to these girls. There are readers out there who know how to move this forward and accomplish two things:
To get the positive young ladies paid for a job well done and
To ensure the school district receives the correct disciplinary action so they won't be doing this type of sleight of hand again. :)
I don't have these skills but some of our readers do or will know someone who does. Let's get that person(s) on board and see some positive action!
Keep the good attitude going, Ladies!
OMG!! Where is the honor?!! Do the right thing for a change!!! Pay these girls!! Tell yourself they're YOUR daughters and maybe you'll find your integrity. Shame on you Sweetwater Union High School District... and all involved in the deception and scheme to use these ladies for free. Typical of government these days, appalling.
As for the Gonzalez & Gamez gals, stay classy, but don't give up the good fight. Fear not about your reputation because the cream always rises to the top. Demand a full detailed accounting of their books. Best to you, and KEEP US POSTED on the proceedings.
I cheered with Vanessa and Revanna at Otay, and I am sure that these two put their hearts into the teams they coached:) it's a shame the district is making this so difficult. Sending positive vibes your way ladies:)
How sad! What a crazy way to run operations.... "A district 'cheer advisor' recruits cheer coaches at Starbucks yet, and offers 'district stipend' to be paid out of some funds yet to be raised. The eager coaches sign up, do the work, and are stiffed. Fast Eddy Brand, ever the smooth one, oozing charm to pacify an irate parent, bucks them back down to the school principal for payment. Yet another version of his shell game.
What about the 'DISTRICT' stipend, and what happened to the District's 'cheer advisor' who reeled them in? This is worse than sloppy personnel management.
Again, we have evidence of malfeasance in spades and more exposing the District to legal liability on several fronts!
Bart Mendoza 5 a.m., Dec. 8
Susan Luzzaro 5:30 p.m., Dec. 7
Edward Magdaleno 4:49 p.m., Dec. 7
Ian Pike 2 p.m., Dec. 7
Mercy Baron 12:43 p.m., Dec. 7
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