eastlaker Dec. 3, 2013 @ 7:06 p.m.

Aren't these deals just too cozy for words?

Can we even begin to track down the financial shenanigans that Ed Brand has perpetrated? Can we taxpayers finally find out where the millions are going? Must we keep funding this charlatan and all his charlatan friends in perpetuity?

These scams, back room deals and games of dirty pool need to stop.

We need to get the cuffs on Brand and everyone who has cooperated with him.

This league of self-serving public money-grubbers needs to be corralled and hauled off to a location where they are not in charge of anything.


Ensenadamaria Dec. 3, 2013 @ 10:12 p.m.


I normally do not defend our board. In this case I agree with you. Management at the district is prohibited from speaking to board members without the superintendents permission. Dr. Alt is an honest man. Did you know he was fired? We are angry over this. Dianne Russo has been seen in the office and people are now convinced she is coming back. The only way to stop the superintendent is to expose all he has done wrong. We deserve a boss who cares about the employees and the students.


knowthetruth Dec. 3, 2013 @ 10:11 p.m.

Knowing the truth is one thing, but seeing it in writing is something else. Why do people put things in writing? Oh, that's right, because they are so much smarter than everyone else they will never get caught.


erupting Dec. 3, 2013 @ 6:55 p.m.

The Reader's Susan Luzzaro strikes again. Not only does she expose the district in numerous lies she exposes the student data exchange of funds scheme. Oh me oh my, what will the state say. This will certainly bring unwanted attention to Dr.Brand. This man is sooooo arrogant. Just shows that $ is all he is about. He mis spends the Mello-Roos and has our district on the threshold of bankruptcy. That's what staff is saying because Brand fired Dr. Alt. It took time to get the truth about the Arne Duncan festival but you did it again Reader thanks.


DoingTheRightThing Sept. 1, 2013 @ 9:31 p.m.

ZORRO I agree, you are absolutely right about the character of the principal at CPM. I think you meant CPM teachers are fed up, and you are right again. He has already pushed many of us out to make room for his former Granger Colleagues who fully buy into him and his hype. He has helped support the move of an elementary charter school onto his campus in hopes of making CPM a charter. He would fully enjoy running a charter school this way he would be able to fully bully teachers into doing what he wants. He yells at teachers and physically intimidates them. Maybe after the Arnie Duncan visit Brand will begin to recognize that his “boy” is not exactly fit for the job after all.


Jmbrickley Aug. 31, 2013 @ 6:39 p.m.

The requirements for expenditures goes beyond simple approval. It must also be for the benefit of the student body. Most of suhsd's asb's are run in violation of the whole concept of proper asb function.


ZORRO Sept. 1, 2013 @ 9:02 p.m.

DoingTheRightThing you are right about the current CPM principal. He like Brand is an arrogant bully whose primary interest is self promotion regardless of whose money he spends or who he tramples on the way. An audit of the ASB funds will vindicate the former ASB Advisor and show that the real culprit is the principal.But since he is Brand's boy,you can bet that he will suffer no consequences. Many of NCM's best teachers are fed up with him and are staying only because of their commitment to the students and the hope that a new board will replace him


farmgirl Aug. 31, 2013 @ 1:37 p.m.

90,000 dollars is a lot for t-shirts! The ASB students have to approve each expenditure. Someone needs to get an accounting of how this money was spent. There should be a paper trail for the approvals and the checks.


anniej Sept. 2, 2013 @ 8:16 a.m.

I took much time reading up on the principal of Castle Park Middle yesterday. One thing I found very interesting he is all over the Internet, quite unusual for a principal who is in it for the good of the students. I, ME, I - it appears he solely is responsible for the improved scores and attendance of the students at CPM - you know one of those Johnny on the spot super heroes.

I guess he is ignoring the hundreds of thousands of South Bay Comm Services monies that the district is POURING into CPM, guess that does not count. Hmmmm wonder how absolutely wonderful ALL of the schools would be doing if they had that much money to operate with.

I see a board presentation on the horizon - 'gotta justify this money, gotta prove how wonderful MY program is, gotta show how well 'my boy' is doing'.

Everyone wants educated students, everyone wants motivated teachers, NOONE can stand arrogance. Slow down there johnny wonder this is not about you - you would be far better served if you took some of that air out of your pompous interviews.

Having said all of that I would like to state for record that I acknowledge there is a minority of teachers who, in essence, should have retired their teaching credential long ago - hey, as hard as it is believe there is even such a thing as bad superintendents - hell we have had two back to back - go figure - but again they are the minority and what rings true about these allegations are comments I have heard from educators I trust when I phoned them yesterday. Amongst the principal category it is well known the CPM principal is to our super what the credit card was to 'the gandara' - USED for self.

EGO, can be a very destructive factor in ones life.

NOW, where is the ASB money, THAT is the smoking gun.


eastlaker Sept. 2, 2013 @ 9:03 a.m.

Yes, Sweetwater UHSD, Dysfunctional is thy name!

That is what happens when the leadership is corrupt and/or absent.

What is it that we want from our school district leadership? What about "Leadership"! What about encouraging all that is good in the students, supporting good choices, intelligent decision-making, responsible actions, reasonable and sensible courses of behavior! All very basic stuff.

But--how can we say we are encouraging that in the students when the examples available are completely in the opposite direction?

Cheating, stealing, self-promotion, bleeding the students' funding dry, so that these miserable hoggish administrators grab everything for themselves.

Can we please get this entire nauseatingly rotten bunch thrown out, and sent where they belong, as in incarceration--so they perhaps take a moment to reflect on where they went wrong.

I hope that the Feds are watching, learning, taking notes, names and all available data for the big hammer that will come down hard.

I and many others have been fed up with this bunch for so long--it is time for justice in the strictest sense.


anniej Aug. 30, 2013 @ 8:24 p.m.

knowthetruth - Please tell me NOT again. Does the name Castle Park High ring a bell? I seem to remember ASB funds allegedly being misappropriated there as well. That principal as I seem to recall he is working in Barstow or is it Riverside?

Why is any money being spent on Duncan? Surely he knows this is not an affluent area, so why the hype? Monies do not make a community - it is the integrity of the people that reside in the community.

I am now hearing TShirts have been ordered, could this be true? What our students will be dressed up like monkeys to impress????

Is this why the community is planning on turning out with signs to protest Duncan, because they know their children's ASB funds are being used for pompous arrogant self promotion. You know that 100k+ that our board was being asked to spend on private investigators? Well perhaps we need to have them investigate the old ASB person, the principal, and Ed Brand.

OK folks, so it appears we need to get the word out, Brand is choosing to spend our students monies to Impress a politician. Wonder how many people will be phoning Duncan's office to question these allegations? Wonder how many news organizations will be there asking the question - HOW MANY TAXPAYERS DOLLARS WERE SPENT FOR DUNCAN'S VISIT? HOW MANY ASB DOLLARS WERE SPENT FOR DUNCAN'S VISIT? And finally WHERE THE HELL DID THESE KIDS ASB FUNDS GO???????

"Ah hello, is this Arne Duncan's office? May I ask your fax number? I have some newspaper articles that you might want to read prior to meeting with SUHSD. Oh you didn't know about the indictments and upcoming trials? - and by the way before I let you go I am curious why on earth Mr. Duncan would choose SUHSD, why not one of the elementary districts - none of their board members have been indicted, their superintendents are not under fire".

Can you imagine the repercussions of this on Duncan, a poor communities kids forced to spend their ASB funds on his visit?

Board members, what is going on? Did you know this?


anniej Aug. 31, 2013 @ 8:12 p.m.

Would like to Thank all of those who care enough to speak the truth about what was/is REALLY going on.

When the stuff of SUHSD breaks, there ain't going to be enough room for all of the FOX and CNN news trailers in the District parking lot. Who is going to be the first board member of the PAC of three who will claim I HAD NO IDEA!!!!!???????????

Going to need pictures of those painted windows - they had better be darned sure that paint comes off with water.

The students of Castle Park need no beautification to make them shine - they are stars in their own right. What does it say about the principal and Brand that they are only choosing to do all of this so called beautification now that Arne Duncan is coming to town? It appears THEY ARE LOOKING TO MAKE THEMSELVES SHINE?

Oh the mess of all of this when the truth is exposed - South Bay Community Services had students doing what again? ASB funds spent how again? Prior approval documentation not available why again? Proper signatures not received under whose authority again?

Didn't the ASB person and the Principal get let go from Castle Park High over similar issues?

John McCann and Jim Cartmill self proclaimed fiscal conservatives in agreement of all of the above why again?

I believe the 'stuff' is getting ready to hit the fan BIG TIME!!!!!!!!!


DoingTheRightThing Sept. 1, 2013 @ 9:04 a.m.

farmgirl, knowthetruth, and Jmbrickley You all bring up some good points. Unfortunately, people in this district are put in high positions only to make the same mistakes again and again. The Castle Park Middle Principal has had money troubles at the previous site he worked at with the mismanagement of money and spending. This is not news. If people are really interested in the management of school funds you should look at it for yourself. It is public record. One fact remains to be true the Principal at Castle Park Middle is out for his own personal gain. He has been trying to sell his “Granger Turnaround Model” for personal gain all over the United States bringing other districts to visit his CPM campus. A model which was created on Sweetwater District time with the input of other district employees. Shouldn’t this model then belong to the district? He also, used a full time science teacher from his campus to develop PowerPoint presentations and to start writing his book. Should tax payers be flipping the bill for his personal gain?


Ensenadamaria Aug. 30, 2013 @ 12:05 p.m.

knowthetruth - The Castle Park community is looking for people to join the demonstration and hold signs that will speak the truth to Arne Duncan of what Sweetwater has done to the programs that use to help the community. My cousin just found a flier on her car outside of her local market. Does anyone know anything about this?


oldchulares Sept. 2, 2013 @ 10:21 a.m.

Anyone who has lived at least forty know the term yes man. I have got to say the stories about Sweetwater are getting worse. I believe I am doing my part and shared this on line Reader with several people in my congregation yesterday. Many are having difficulty comparing the man we thought we knew with the lack of leadership on these reports. While confrontational is not his style what I can not figure out is why there is not one statement by Jim answering these claims. Some say he has been gagged by his attorney but something is not right here.


farmgirl Sept. 2, 2013 @ 8:01 a.m.

Read the new article in the Star news written by Alliant's president where he defends his college's astronomical cost for a year of college. If students were getting a much better education for this enormous cost, that would make sense. Then he tries to say that financial aid and grants will pay for your tuition. Where does government get the money to pay financial aid? Out of our paychecks! Go figure!


Reader2 Sept. 1, 2013 @ 11:37 p.m.

It's so sad to read that the district is so dysfunctional. Maybe that's why Arne D. is coming. He may have heard about SUHSD and may want to see for himself.
Nobody has posted anything about Alliant lately. Did they pack up and go back north? Ms. Luzzaro, do you know anything?


anniej Sept. 4, 2013 @ 2:46 p.m.

It is very interesting, taxpayer monies used to gussy up a school campus. One would think that these monetary resources would be far better spent IN THE CLASSROOM. However this is SUHSD we are talking about, where self promotion at any coast is the name of the game when it comes to certain individuals.

It appears B and B are looking to do a whole lot of 'see how great I, ME are'. The principal appears to have a reputation for taking any and all credit. Funny, I could swear it is the teachers who man those classrooms.

No money used? Can we translate that statement and call it what it is A LIE!!!!! How were those banners paid for that are now attached to the fence that surrounds the school? I know, the tooth fairy attached them.


erupting Sept. 4, 2013 @ 3:53 p.m.

Let's see $25,000 for a stage, $7,000 for t-shirts ASB funds and general funds used by the B brothers to impress Duncan. How is it that no matter the event it has to get screwed up by jerks like Brand and Bleisch. This is supposed to be an event for the Promise Neighborhood kids. It gets tainted because the BB brothers have to show their asses. Duncan isn't coming here to be impressed by all this extra hoopla. It's for and about the kids. Brand had Manny Rubio tell another lie about expenses and and try's to cover the fact that part of the monies came from the kids ASB funds. What a rip off to the kids. Why is it that everything Brand touches turns to shit. Can't we have events without drama, please get rid of this plight named Ed Brand so we can have our district back. Devious behavior ruins the day again,thanks to a lame duck board of trustees other than Lopez. Sorry kids it is supposed to be about you.


oldchulares Sept. 4, 2013 @ 5:04 p.m.

Why is board member Lopez being ignored by Jim and the superintendent? Expenditures may be legal but are they what people want their taxes spent on? All of this is quite hard to believe. The actions used by this principal are more like you would see in reform school, is this group of kids that bad that they are marched before police officials?


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