Schools official is fired abruptly

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Centinela Valley Union High School District Superintendent Cheryl White was fired Wednesday in a heated special board meeting marked by tension among trustees and outrage among many attendees.
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Rancho Cucamonga, CA

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#1
Dec 20, 2007
 
We can't have idiots run our schools.
WooHooing in support

Los Angeles, CA

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Dec 20, 2007
 
Hey Torrance Unified, see what you can do if you all gather the ganas and start cleaning house? Aaron benton, Special Ed. director, OUT! Dr. Laurie Love, useless at best, OUT! Dr. George Mannon, puppet master, OUT! Need I go on????? Way to go, CVUSD!
Angelina Moller

Orange, CA

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Dec 20, 2007
 
Centinela Union High School District is now being controlled 100% by the Teachers Union. They know how to win elections! I blame the people for not becoming more involved in the education of our youth. It has become a political mess! I hope the County or State comes in to help run the District to get it back on its feet. The Union is totally one-sided and not qualified to make critical decisions that affect our high school students for years to come. The Union only considers the Union (By Definition Itself). I see many dark days ahead for CVUHSD.
BDD

Fountain Valley, CA

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Dec 20, 2007
 
I sure HOPE they KNOW what they are doing!!!!!
Political games suck

Los Angeles, CA

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Dec 20, 2007
 
Education went out the window with the elimination of corporal punishment.... ask any truthful teacher... they are forced to do the impossible and then to get a union backed person into a seat of power - that spells trouble with a capital T. All the unions have done lately are to get increases in their own paychecks while the students suffer...cost over runs in Manhattan Beach cost the students new books, library, etc.(but hey, the board got new offices!) WHAT ABOUT THE STUDENTS???? Take your 'short days' and teach...teach PE and maybe we won;t have fat kids, teach 'band' and maybe the kids won't be in gangs, teach respect and maybe the kids won't be disrespectful! You can rag on me all you want, but we got 'swatted' and we didn't become murderers, just the opposite! This is so sad and embarrasing to see this great country of ours go down the spiral of democracy to finger pointing 'I'll sue you coz I can't read' mentality. School Boards should be about the kids education, not a power struggle to benefit a few frustrated people....sad.
Chunk

Redondo Beach, CA

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#6
Dec 20, 2007
 
In describing their campaigns, you write of Suarez and Ramos--"they ran their campaigns on promises of ...transparency". So, they go into executive session, fire the Superintendent, and offer no explanations. Yeah, transparency, at its governmental best.
HAGAR

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#7
Dec 20, 2007
 
Burning the midnight oil, having an open door policy, supporting students and parents does not make a good manager/leader. CVUHSD keeps getting closer to being taken over by the state. Maybe it is time for a change.
Henry Burke

Whittier, CA

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Dec 20, 2007
 
If Centinela Valley Union School District were ranked ahead of Inglewood, El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance or Palos Verdes school districts, this would not be an issue, but CV is way down at the bottom of the list and something must be done about it, but apparently not with Cheryl White. You can't blame the umpire! The ladies on the Centenela board of trustees are willing to make those judgements and have nothing to lose by ignoring political disagreements.
Willie

Playa Del Rey, CA

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#10
Dec 20, 2007
 
Mama, don't let your babies grow up to be in education! They work late at night and don't get paid. Parents with out a degree think they can tell you what they please.... plus someday you'll be trashed in the 'ol Daily Breeze!
Janice R Johnson

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Dec 20, 2007
 
I'm in the twilight zone. I voted for Mrs. Suarez becase she had a history of working with parents and wanting what was best for students of this district. Then she turns around and vote out the Supt. Why would newly elected board members make this their first order of business? It is obvious that they have their on agenda. Could they have someone waiting in the wings to replace her? Firing Dr. White in the middle of the school year. This can't be in the best interest of the students. Dr. White was never to busy to take action or make a decision when things needed to be set straight. She cared about the students and parents of this district. Dr. White didn't deserve this. Sign me up to work the RECALL!!!
Linda

Los Angeles, CA

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Dec 20, 2007
 
Hey Chunk of Redondo Beach - you took the words right out of my mouth. Well said!
Linda, Torrance
Richard

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Dec 20, 2007
 
Janice R Johnson wrote:
I'm in the twilight zone. I voted for Mrs. Suarez becase she had a history of working with parents and wanting what was best for students of this district. Then she turns around and vote out the Supt. Why would newly elected board members make this their first order of business? It is obvious that they have their on agenda. Could they have someone waiting in the wings to replace her? Firing Dr. White in the middle of the school year. This can't be in the best interest of the students. Dr. White was never to busy to take action or make a decision when things needed to be set straight. She cared about the students and parents of this district. Dr. White didn't deserve this. Sign me up to work the RECALL!!!

- The School Board made the best positive choice for change in respect to our CV children. I urge all parents, community members, and voting community to continue to support our school board members in Centinela Valley. Dr. White was in CV School District for over a decade and our high schools are in worst shape then when she arrived. I stand by our elected officials and support all administrative changes no matter political objections.
Concern Citizen

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Dec 20, 2007
 
Angelina Moller wrote:
Centinela Union High School District is now being controlled 100% by the Teachers Union. They know how to win elections! I blame the people for not becoming more involved in the education of our youth. It has become a political mess! I hope the County or State comes in to help run the District to get it back on its feet. The Union is totally one-sided and not qualified to make critical decisions that affect our high school students for years to come. The Union only considers the Union (By Definition Itself). I see many dark days ahead for CVUHSD.
The only dark side of CVUHSD community members are going to see are your days of elected office when you and your cronies mismanaged the district school bons, that cost the community $59 million.

Mrs. Moller your days in office are over so stop complaining about Union control because as a previous elected official you did nothing to improve the district. Instead you supported Superintendent Julian Lopez who not only lead the district into failure.

Lastly, I would like to remind our audience that Angelina Moller was recalled by the community and holds negativity against the Teachers Union for support her recall campaign.
Mesotherium

Wailuku, HI

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Dec 20, 2007
 
CVUHSD has been hit by too many lawsuits levied by disgruntled workers, which takes away money from where it desperately needs to go (educational supplies, deferred maintenance, increasing security personnel, increasing employee health benefits, et cetera). I fear that firing Dr. White without any publicized rationale before the expiration of her contract is an open invitation to yet another disgruntled worker lawsuit. I heard that she was "escorted" out of her office today, and I fear it was not done with civility, that it was, basically, a strong-armed eviction, a slap in the face. This all strikes me as being not only excessively vindictive and mean-spirited, but strategically unwise. Treating Dr. White without a modicum of politeness will make her even more prone to sue. I have no idea what legal grounds she has to sue, but I think it's safe to assume that she has ample emotional motivation. Polite non-renewal upon the expiration of her contract would have been enough. This firing seems to have been clumsy and brutal. Perhaps it was a decisive action that will bring about swift and necessary change. Perhaps it was just an amateur act of bureaucratic terrorism.

One thing does occur to me that offers a possible explanation for the mercilessness of Dr. White's termination. Dr. White ousted Hawthorne High School principal Frank Dolce without giving any rationale, at least not any that I've heard. Therefore, Dr. White may have merely harvested the whirlwind that germinated from the ice she sowed. If she did it to Mr. Dolce, perhaps this was not an isolated incident, but part of a pattern of harsh behavior, for which she is now suffering the consequences.

Speaking of patterns of behavior, I hope that this bit of brusque housecleaning by the newly-elected school board members is not the shape of things to come, or else this may be merely one more link in a never-ending chain of revenge met with revenge met with revenge ... and who benefits from never-ending bloodfeuds? Oh, golly, now, who could that be, hmmm? Could it be ... SATAN?
You reap what you sow

Glendale, CA

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Dec 20, 2007
 
I've been a school district employee for over 25 years and I've seen some SHADY crap but this takes the cake.When I heard the news what these two broads did I was speechless.And Rocio Pizano who,what,where,when and why wasn't she up front on how she felt about Dr. White when she shared the Board Seats with the other guys.I could only imagine what took place behind closed doors.It is now obvious these broads had their own agenda from the get go.Our students will now continue to suffer because of their stupidity.
CVUSD Fact Sheet

La Mirada, CA

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Dec 20, 2007
 
*District in Year 3 Program Improvement
*Leuzinger High School the worst performing school in the South Bay
*Hawthorne High School's football Team 0-20 over the past two years
*Hawthorne High School year 5+ in Program Improvement
*More Hawthorne Kids out of class than on
*Hawthorne P.D. called to campus for major incidents 3 times already this year
*Adult Education numbers down-course offerings down
*Highly qualified teachers layed-off unecessarily only to be asked back later
*Performing Arts Center 3 years off-schedule $10mil over budget---and unnecessary
*Two schools with no library
*One huge new cafeteria where meals can't be cooked
*Dangerous delapidated bungalows on Leuzinger's Softball field--where kids can hide and athletes can't play

Need more reasons to fire the District's CEO?

Citizens elect these folks and then they expect them to join the board and sit and wait. Let's all grow up and applaud people that take action.
the Hawk

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Dec 20, 2007
 
"Could they have someone waiting in the wings to replace her? Firing Dr. White in the middle of the school year. This can't be in the best interest of the students," said Janice R Johnson.

"Dr. White was never to busy to take action or make a decision when things needed to be set straight. She cared about the students and parents of this district. Dr. White didn't deserve this." Yes, but that's how it goes, try to do something for the people, and they send you to Dallas. There's always another Oswald (or Sirhan) around. It's nothng new, one has to play the(ir) game!

Here in Harbor City it's especially interesting, first you get mugged in Hahn's Park; and if that's not enough, she butchers your name.
RBUSD

Northridge, CA

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#20
Dec 20, 2007
 
They should do this at RBUSD again. They've put down 2 supers in the 5 years already.
Wille my butt

Northridge, CA

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Dec 20, 2007
 
Hey Willie - bite me.
SPORT

Bell, CA

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#22
Dec 20, 2007
 
How quickly we forget. Dr.White replaced and Julian Lopez and inherited his big time mistakes along with those of schoolboard members from previous years to the likes of Jean DeSimone and Angie Moller. Remember it was the latter who approved the recommendations of former superintendent Lopez to build that rediculous performing arts center that is yet to see a day of performing arts.
One thing that I find interesting is that so much action was taken in one meeting, for example, the replacing of the law firm, the action to fire Dr. White, goodness the only thing that was left to approve was the re-hiring of Mr. Fernandez. Yes, the same Fernandez that was allowed to end his contract in a dignified manner,perhaps that will be on the next agenda; but I digress. I would not doubt if the Brown Act was violated with all that action taken by the three ladies perhaps you previously dicussed some issues like the demise of Dr. White.
You took that action and all for what to cater to the teachers? These teachers don't care about you. You are going to be at a crossroads when you can't give the teachers what they want(money) and they will turn on you like they did to Arroyo and Ramirez.
I will stop for now, I am sure we will see some more antics in the near future.

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