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Recall of our Bargaining Unit Members – 6th Message

I am writing this message a little after 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 5th. On Tuesday evening, July 3rd, HR informed me that 50 teachers, in total, had been recalled. The recall is continuing today. Some calls may be made … Continue reading

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Recall of our Bargaining Unit Members –5th Message

Today I spoke with Maria Castilleja, Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction. This week, she is the acting “duty officer” while Ed Brand is on vacation. She informed me that the process of informing teachers that they have been recalled … Continue reading

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Recall of our Bargaining Unit Members – 4th Message & Cobra Benefits

I requested another update on the recall of our bargaining unit members. It took the threat of interrupting the vacation of our superintendent to get through to Melina Aubry, Director of Human Resources. The HR department is still trying to … Continue reading

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Recall of our Bargaining Unit Members – 3rd Message & Continued Evaluations

Today I met with the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, Sandra Huezo, and the Director of Human of Resources, Melina Aubry. Sandra Huezo is the “duty officer” serving as superintendent this week while Ed Brand is on vacation. We will … Continue reading

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CalPERS reviewing administrator’s pension

Amid transition in the superintendent’s office last year, Sweetwater schools finance chief Dianne Russo — set to retire — agreed to stay on. Details of that arrangement have raised questions at the California Public Employees’ Retirement System. Russo, 56, began … Continue reading

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Gandara’s pension vesting in doubt

When Sweetwater schools Superintendent Jesus Gandara was terminated a year ago, his bosses on the school board allowed him to use sick time, vacation and administrative leave to extend his tenure by two-and-a-half months — thereby vesting in his pension … Continue reading

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