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Grand jury report puts school leaders in hot seat

Original post made on Jul 11, 2009

Local school officials are rolling their eyes over a civil grand jury report that lambastes the districts for "generous administrative expenses," and some said they wondered what, if any, research went into it.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, July 10, 2009, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Jim
a resident of Whisman Station
on Jul 11, 2009 at 10:31 am

Public officials taking advantage of an uncaring public

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Posted by Mike Laursen
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jul 14, 2009 at 11:11 pm

What a pisser. Especially, when read alongside your other article about lack of science education in the public elementary schools.

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Posted by parent
a resident of another community
on Jul 15, 2009 at 12:00 am

Remember folks, to drive by Graham Middle School this summer and see what 1/2 million of your tax bucks will parking lots, to replace ones that had nary a pothole!

Forget pupils and programs, it's all about paving and political consultants.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 15, 2009 at 6:14 pm

Mountain View Voice, Friday, July 01, 2005

Despite his years of experience as an educator, in the late 1990s Ghysels took a break from schools. He moved to New York City to work as a vice president of Citibank for five years, then returned to the Bay Area to work as the chief learning officer of a consulting company for a year.

When Ghysels, who will earn $165,000 a year, officially begins his four-year contract July 25, the first item on his agenda will be to introduce himself to the community and reassure its members that he will stay longer than his predecessors.

[In return he will get a $5,000 a year raise while the teachers and staff get nothing... yep that's fair and that's progress. No need for alarm. Save that for when he renegotiates his next contract... get ready for Citi-type tactics for increased compensation.]

Ghysels hails from one of the ultimate CEO fiascos--Citibank--where he did a few years. Is that where he became accustomed to a nice fat salary? Isn't it amazing now when Citi is partially owned by taxpayers and while our own superintendent, along with the current CEOs and executive officers of Citi keep trying to argue for more compensation? If I remember correctly, he also was a CEO of an educational firm out in Pleasanton which he also helped run aground. So yes, the CEO comparison is apt. And we should just keep shelling out more taxpayer money to them. Oh yes, they'll find a way to spin a profit or make something positive of it all, but in the end the taxpayers will be left on the street and their children without adequate supplies in and well-paid and motivated teachers in the classroom.

And let's not forget his side job as a consultant while on the taxpayers dime as well.
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Check out the other thread on this topic for more insight. Get mad, go to school board meetings, demand an end to this, and vote the board out if you have to!

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Posted by jon
a resident of Castro City
on Jul 18, 2009 at 7:36 am

The public should always be aware of waste and abuse in the public sector, and this may very well be another case of it.

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Posted by Oh Please
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 21, 2009 at 8:10 pm

I just saw that new $500,000 parking lot. What a waste. What kind of people approve of such things in this type of economy? It's just unbelievable until you drive by and take a look at it for yourself.

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Posted by parent
a resident of Shoreline West
on Aug 3, 2009 at 8:40 pm

I am told that the Graham parking lot ONLY cost $340,000.

The school district board and administrators are NOT going to reply to any posts on this board. They just lie low and wait for it to blow over. And continue to spend public funds as they like, regardless of public comment.

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