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South Bay School Leader’s Performance Evaluated


Aired 6/15/09

The Superintendent of the Sweetwater Unified School District is expected to get his report card today. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis explains why a group of school employees and parents say so far he's failing.

— Sweetwater's school superintendent met behind closed doors with school trustees yesterday to talk about his performance in the South Bay district. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis says his critics used that review to submit their own progress report:

Jesus Gandara has been Sweetwater's leader for about three years. A group of concerned school employees and parents submitted the details of their own progress report in anticipation of the trustees' official evaluation.

Critics say the overall dissatisfaction is tied to Gandara's top-down style of management, personnel decisions, his district spending habits and unresolved contract negotiations.

But teacher Jean Chivira says the community's concerns go beyond union politics.

"(District officials) could settle with us tomorrow, and this is not going to go away," Chivira said "It's not going to go away until we, the members of this community, this family, take our schools back and put in a superintendent that is responsive to this community."

Requests for comment made to school trustees went unanswered. But the district's spokeswoman says there weren't enough community evaluations to indicate that sentiment is shared districtwide.

The Sweetwater Union High School District is the largest public high school district in California. Its now one of 14 districts in San Diego County working to avoid stiffer academic penalties under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

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Avatar for user 'freesushd'

freesushd | June 18, 2009 at 2:24 p.m. ― 7 years, 8 months ago

Why did closed session take so long during that evaluation? Could it be that Dr. G is not a slam-dunk A+ kind of superintendent? Or were they ordering take-out with that famous Visa card and celebrating the good times over gourmet blue corn tamales from Fridas or the humbler starbucks 4$ special from around the corner.
Why doesn't the voting public get to know the results of his eval? This is rubber stamping in reverse. You back me--I back you. I hire you --you buy me lunch.
Why does everything important get tabled at those board meetings? How many evaluations is enough?

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LaLucha | July 26, 2009 at 11:46 a.m. ― 7 years, 7 months ago

This is the year they plan to BUST THE UNION. And this is the year we will have to consider striking. If the public can't support teachers in standing up against cancellation of student programs, overfilling of the classrooms, letting important campus security people go, shuffling around administrators, then we are stuck with our only option. STOP WORKING FOR A WEEK. We are their daycare, we are the program for the year, we like teaching, we're good at it, but this has gone too far already. August 17th, parking lot, be there.

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