For a couple of moms from working-class families hoping to retain their seats on the Centinela Valley school board, it was a stark lesson in machine politics.
A Lennox school board member is under fire for reportedly pulling strings to allow her daughter to participate in her high school commencement ceremony even though she did not earn nearly enough credits to walk the stage this past weekend.
Teachers and administrators at Palos Verdes High School were aware of the rumors swirling through the halls: a group of students were selling test answers to their peers.
The tiny Centinela Valley Union High School District employs one of the most expensive superintendents in the state of California, if not the nation. But the district’s test scores remain the lowest among all 80 school districts in Los Angeles County.
“That places him above the president of the United States — the leader of the free world.”
The embattled superintendent of the Centinela Valley school district — who is under investigation for his massive pay — took out a $750,000 life insurance policy before securing approval from the school board to do so, the Daily Breeze has learned.
The Lennox electorate effectively fired the two incumbents — Marisol Cruz and Sonia Saldana — who were part of the three-member majority that brought about much controversial change.
In the latest twist of a saga that has roiled on all year, the embattled superintendent of the Lennox School District has written a letter accusing two school board members — once her two closest supporters — of overstepping their authority by trying to make personnel decisions over her objections and without the authority of the board majority.
Principal claims he was harassed by two school board members who demanded to be taken to Disneyland in the same bus as the students on grad nite. One board member denies abuse-of-power accusations.
The state-appointed leader of Inglewood Unified was removed after only two months on the job back in December, but still received a $100,000 buyout. Now, the district Kent Taylor left behind is continuing to spiral downward.