Leuzinger High principal placed on leave

Leuzinger High principal placed on leave

There are 31 comments on the Daily Breeze story from Dec 21, 2009, titled Leuzinger High principal placed on leave. In it, Daily Breeze reports that:

Leuzinger High School's principal has been placed on paid administrative leave while the district conducts an investigation into possible workplace violations.

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Longo Bongo

Hacienda Heights, CA

#1 Dec 21, 2009
This is the most dysfunctional district in our area. This district needs to be broken up and unified with the elementary school districts around the area.
Hmmmmm

United States

#2 Dec 21, 2009
Can someone say sexual harrassment? Yep, you all better believe it. This guy is gone for good. He won't be back. I just wish more of the fools that are hired would be this blunt so they could go also. Oh well, time will shed light on the ignorance all around the district.
wow

Walnut, CA

#3 Dec 22, 2009
Great job Jose Fernandez, Ramos, Suarez and Pizano, you sure know how to pick them. How long was this guy in his position before sexually harassing his staff? I simply hope that no students come forward to say he was inappropriate.
Not surprised

Anaheim, CA

#4 Dec 22, 2009
Lets see if this disfunctional board - Fernandez, Ramos, Suarez and Pizano - makes another great decision when appointing the next principal! It would be too much to ask that someone who has already proven to be a good principal or associate principal be appointed! Oh and lets do everything behind closed doors again. You wouldn't want the parents to have any input and actually be involved this time around.
jaded

Pleasanton, CA

#5 Dec 22, 2009
How can you print a story like this and not say why he is being placed on leave. It may be just a political thing and now the man's reputation is tarnished. - get the facts then write the story.

“cracker-barrel philosopher”

Since: Jan 08

Wilmington/Carson/San Pedro

#6 Dec 22, 2009
jaded wrote:
How can you print a story like this and not say why he is being placed on leave. It may be just a political thing and now the man's reputation is tarnished.- get the facts then write the story.
The reason for a removal of a staff person is a confidential personnel issue. The removal itself is a public issue. The DB did it's job.
anonymous

United States

#8 Dec 22, 2009
sexual harassment
wow2009

Los Angeles, CA

#9 Dec 22, 2009
Curious to know the details...This high school already has enough issues now this. Not good at all.
LHS Class of 68

Oakland, CA

#10 Dec 22, 2009
wow2009 wrote:
Curious to know the details...This high school already has enough issues now this. Not good at all.
Leuzinger has had problems since the late 60s...My memories of that school are not pleasant ones.....
big surprise

Pacific Palisades, CA

#11 Dec 22, 2009
Another winner chosen by the wonderful Fernandez and the Board....WHOS NEXT????
westsidejesse

Torrance, CA

#12 Dec 22, 2009
All I know is that the new principle is going to have his hands full...this high school is a handful and always has been. Remember it when it wasnt all gated about 10 years ago? How about the racial riots they had about the same time? Whoever is appointed, good luck, your going to need it.
westsidejesse

Torrance, CA

#13 Dec 22, 2009
Lose-a-finger!
Not Surprised 2

United States

#16 Dec 22, 2009
That entire board is corrupt and needs to be removed.

Follow the money trail.
XXX

United States

#17 Dec 22, 2009
they'll just move him to another school. a lot of school district's just pass the problem to another school.
Whats the big deal

Highland, CA

#18 Dec 22, 2009
Let's just look the other way! From what has been written on these Centinela posts apparently the community doesn't care who is in charge or what happens. You have a superintendent who is corrupt, a board president and ex-employee who lies and cheats, stole funds from the library, and slap a student, and has 3 workers comp claims against the district, and won't settle because she can't afford a lawyer, although the district's insurance has offered to settle all 3 claims. Then you have a clerk who received campaign contributions from the district's construction company, a new board member that has a criminal record. So let's just sweep all this under the rug and go forward. I guess this is what some community member means by saying "let's give Fernandez and the new board a chance. We have to move forward. Get over it losers- you lost!" YEAH right! "Let's move forward."
green light frog

Aliso Viejo, CA

#19 Dec 22, 2009
look what happened at Redondo Union High School!!?? Mr. Hadda was escorted in handcuffs beacause a student reported inapporiate acts.....maybe that is what happened here!?? BTW, lets focus on our kids education!!!!
Whats the big deal wrote:
Let's just look the other way! From what has been written on these Centinela posts apparently the community doesn't care who is in charge or what happens. You have a superintendent who is corrupt, a board president and ex-employee who lies and cheats, stole funds from the library, and slap a student, and has 3 workers comp claims against the district, and won't settle because she can't afford a lawyer, although the district's insurance has offered to settle all 3 claims. Then you have a clerk who received campaign contributions from the district's construction company, a new board member that has a criminal record. So let's just sweep all this under the rug and go forward. I guess this is what some community member means by saying "let's give Fernandez and the new board a chance. We have to move forward. Get over it losers- you lost!" YEAH right! "Let's move forward."

Since: Apr 09

Torrance, CA

#20 Dec 22, 2009
"District officials would not say Monday what Carranza was being investigated for."

5 bucks says this has to do with SCROC participation and the money trail in that story.
http://www.dailybreeze.com/news/ci_13927840...
Whoistoblame

Fontana, CA

#21 Dec 23, 2009
wow wrote:
Great job Jose Fernandez, Ramos, Suarez and Pizano, you sure know how to pick them. How long was this guy in his position before sexually harassing his staff? I simply hope that no students come forward to say he was inappropriate.
Didn't the teachers' union initially get Ramos, Suarez, and Pizano elected? Didn't the teachers' union or their leadership select Mr. Fernandez as the superintendent? Shouldn't they take responsibility for bad choices made by the people they put in power? In this case, we should be saying "The teachers and their union sure know how to pick them."
disgusted parents

Pacific Palisades, CA

#22 Dec 23, 2009
Whats the big deal wrote:
Let's just look the other way! From what has been written on these Centinela posts apparently the community doesn't care who is in charge or what happens. You have a superintendent who is corrupt, a board president and ex-employee who lies and cheats, stole funds from the library, and slap a student, and has 3 workers comp claims against the district, and won't settle because she can't afford a lawyer, although the district's insurance has offered to settle all 3 claims. Then you have a clerk who received campaign contributions from the district's construction company, a new board member that has a criminal record. So let's just sweep all this under the rug and go forward. I guess this is what some community member means by saying "let's give Fernandez and the new board a chance. We have to move forward. Get over it losers- you lost!" YEAH right! "Let's move forward."
We are ALL AWARE of whats going on with Fernandez and his board of Idiots and criminals.....The parents, students and teachers have ALL tried to go ABOVE them, we have asked for them to be held responsible, we have asked for them to be investigated....apparently Fernandez reports to the Board and the Board reports to NO ONE!! The Board is like a protected little cult that can not be touched.....So short of them all doing something really criminal that gets the cops attention, we are at a total loss of how to move forward...PLEASE if you have some insight or know who the proper powers that be are to contact to be rid of this Board and Fernandez, please let us know ASAP....
bunch of stupid idiots

United States

#23 Dec 23, 2009
No, the union did not choose Fernandez. Suarez and Ramos got installed on a Tuesday and fired Cheryl White (previous sup't) the next day. It went down real nasty and underhanded, but the bottom line is that it was 2 days before Christmas vacation (clearly a strategic move ie. everybody's gone, etc.). Shortly after faculty and staff returned in January, Fernandez was installed as the interim superintendent without any discussion or input from anyone other than Ramos and Suarez. Pizano's vote counts but she's basically useless because she's just a flunky for the other two. They all made a big deal about him being INTERIM and he even stood up in a public forum and said that he didn't want the job on a permanent basis ie he was jsut there to help the district return to solvency. They lied again and said they were going to start an official search. Of course, that never materialized and a year or so later, he was "named" as the permanent superintendent. With that came a $40,000 raise (that at the same time he and they were spewing forth lies about how the district was broke and faculty/staff were laid off). Did he ever interview for the job? Was the position ever publicized? To top it off, a couple of weeks ago, this same group of uneducated, ignorant idiots voted to give him yet another raise. Now, he makes $198,000/yr, plus benefits and fringes (3 year contract), and he DOES NOT even have a doctorate degree, in a district with less than 8000 kids. What the hell???? It is not surprising that they would hire another incompetent imbecile, Carranza, who has been at how many different schools in the last few years? He must be somebody's cousin....

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