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Jury aims to stop nepotism in schools

Original post made on Jul 9, 2010

A recent Santa Clara County Civil Grand Jury investigation concluded that many county school districts, including those in Mountain View, ought to draft policies to prevent "the appearance of bias or favoritism in the recruitment and job assignment process."

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, July 9, 2010, 12:17 PM

Comments (11)

Posted by Elaine, a resident of Shoreline West
on Jul 9, 2010 at 12:42 pm

"A representative from the Mountain View Whisman school district could
not be reached for comment."

Because it's hard to answer the phone when you are hiding under your desk.

It's high time the public woke up and demanded more integrity from public servants in public schools.


Posted by Maurice, a resident of another community
on Jul 9, 2010 at 12:52 pm

The joke's on you Mountain View! Ha!


Posted by To Elaine, a resident of Shoreline West
on Jul 9, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Elaine,

MAYBE, just maybe, they are actually WORKING - did you ever think of that.


Posted by avid, a resident of Willowgate
on Jul 9, 2010 at 3:44 pm

This is just one more example of how Maurice Ghysels is demon spawn who has ruined Mountain View and California and destroyed our children's futures & lined his coffers with YOUR MONEY and then he slept with that lady plus everybody is corrupt and WAKE UP AMERICA BEFORE bla bla bla bla bla.

What was I talking about?


Posted by Old Vet, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 9, 2010 at 9:03 pm

Yes, I suppose no one is responsible for anything or the state of affairs or of the economy. Civic values, morality, virtue and self control have nothing to do with any thing. I wonder what those guys who stormed Normandy Beach in 1945 or who took Iwo Jima were thinking...


Posted by no name, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 10, 2010 at 11:59 am

It's public knowledge that Maurice Ghysels hired Carmen Mizell away from her previous position with another district. It is also public knowledge that Maurice Ghysels refused to say how long they had been in a "relationship." So maybe there IS something to allegations of nepotism, maybe there is NOT, who knows? But it sure makes sense for any employer to have a policy in place BEFORE it happens instead of struggling to figure out what to do AFTER it happens. And that is what the Grand Jury is suggesting.


Posted by Joe, a resident of Stierlin Estates
on Jul 11, 2010 at 4:48 pm

Ghysels also picked up his new job given that he plays in a band with a board member of the SCCOE. So them ol'boy network is just too entrenched. Nevermind that has absolutely no experience with working with special education or alternative studnets.


Posted by Parent, a resident of Waverly Park
on Jul 13, 2010 at 6:48 pm

@Joe: His new job description is: "The branch Ghysels will head runs multiple alternative schools and provides services for 9,000 students on 160 sites, including programs for the disabled, the county's juvenile halls and children in Head Start preschool, and services for the children of migrant workers, said Larry Slonaker, the public information officer for the county office. The branch also oversees charter schools." Kinda sounds like a Superintendent's experience, with the exception of juvenile halls. It doesn't say he's ONLY working with special ed or alternative students, just that they are part of the mix. Like in any school district.


Posted by this really gets my goat, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 14, 2010 at 12:12 pm

hmm, so maybe he will start by cutting the hours of the Special Education classroom aides who work one-to-one with autistic students because they really don't need that many hours with the students, like he did at MVWSD?

then he'll try to charge the low income Spanish speaking parents to use classroom space for their English classes, like he tried to do at Castro.

to my knowledge, I'd have to agree with other posters that he has no previous experience with alternative schools, juvenile halls, or children of migrant workers. and to my knowledge, despite ardent claims to the contrary, he really doesn't give a rat's ass about children. it's all about his ego. and now we all know it's all about the old boys network with his pal Weiss, another sterling example of integrity.


Posted by le dude, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 14, 2010 at 4:05 pm

And we wonder why education is in the toilet in CA. Nothing Ghysels, he will no doubt try to get some payback against MV working from the county. I called it here.


Posted by Augie, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 21, 2010 at 1:38 pm

Anyone employed at Mountain View Whisman school District can attest to the favoritism and corruption evident in their HR department. I am not surprised there is no policy regarding how they conduct their affairs. Self righteous Stephanie Totter has been making up policy as she goes along. Long past time for this hack to retire.


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