Jeff Smith noon, March 8
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- South Bay Education Issues
Is All Quiet on the Sweetwater Union High School District Front?
Don't bet on it! Ever since Ed Brand was awarded his 2 year $250,000 per year contract, things are humming at SUHSD. It's business as usual. What do i mean by that? Well here are a few nuggets for you. Ed Brand has threatened to remove all volunteers from the Citizens Bond Oversight Committee who don't sign the Form 700. He has written the Board of Directors a letter stating this and asking for their support. Certain members on this committee who have been on the committee for 2-3 years indicate they were never asked to sign this form previously. The prior chair said he was never directed to advise the committee to sign the form previously. Now all of a sudden the Oversight Committee takes a vote of no confidence in the Superintendent and he is now threatening to remove them. Hmmm ... Now on to Mello Roos and Open Boundaries/Transfers. Ed Brand has still not followed through on his agreement to meet with the Chula Vista Community to review these two very important issues. How important are they? Well, the district has spent over $60 million from their Mello Roos fund in the last 3 years. On what you ask? Well, thats what the parents and community want to ask Ed Brand. The district has budgeted $22 million from this fund this school year, with $16 million of that classified as 'other'. What is other? Again, this is what parents and the community want to know. These and other questions about how the Mello Roos fund has been used by the district weigh on the parents and community's minds. Hmmm ... As far as the Open Boundaries/Transfer policy change, many in the community feel Ed Brand made this decision outside of his authority per the Districts own Board policies. It appears only the Trustees can make this policy change. Further, Ed Brand nor the district considered having community input on this change. Of course, the only things this has caused at numerous schools are overcrowded classes (in some 40-50 students), transportation issues, traffic problems, changes in schedules as late as 6 weeks into the school year, lunch service issues, and a few other problems at these schools. Again, the community wants to hear how and why this decision was made by Ed Brand, and what the district intends in future years. By the way, Ed Brand posted videos and Q&A on the district website where he said the district uses an 85% capacity formula to prevent overcrowded schools. Ironically enough, according to the schools own enrollment figures, numerous schools are at 92-97% capacity. And the parents and teachers wonder why the schools are overcrowded? Hmmm ... And I wonder why Ed Brand does not want to meet with the community? Hmmm ...