Opened on September 02, 2012
Dr. Edward Brand has made several questionable decisions since his return as Interim Superintendent of the Sweetwater Union High School District. Most recently, he eliminated bus routes and increased walking distances in excess of 3 1/2 miles for students, opened school boundaries throughout the district causing significant overcrowding at certain schools, spent over $500,000 to remove a pile of dirt from a school campus, authorized the spending of millions of dollars in mello Roos & Prop O Construction funds to purchase iPads, used district funds to start and fund a charter school for pre-school and elementary aged school students, authorized the borrowing of Mello Roos funds to cover district payroll and operating expenses, and is planning to start another charter school that focuses on elementary aged students during the next school year.
The elimination of bus routes has put student's personal safety at risk as they battle increased vehicle traffic, walk long distances with heavy backpacks, and are exposed to criminals and sex offenders during their travel to and from school. This decision was made to save $800,000 in the budget. This $800,000 savings was negated when over $500,000 was spent on the removal of unauthorized contaminated soil placed on the campus of Southwest High School.
The overcrowding caused by the open boundary decision has created crowded classes that are not conducive to student learning, created significant traffic & logistical problems for teachers and staff and caused many class changes for students after the 6th week of instruction.
Under Dr. Brand's leadership, Mello Roos funds continue to be used outside of the mello roos disticts they were intended to serve and for purposes that do not fall into the authorize uses for these funds. The use of nearly $2 million in mello roos funds for iPads for all 7th graders is one example of the abuses of the mello roos funds. At the July 2012 board meeting, Dr. Brand convinced the school board to vote to increase mello roos funds by an additional 2%. This was done without notice to the public and solicitation of public input. The district also continues to borrow from the mello roos funds to the tune of $67 million to cover payroll and operating expenses like funding charter schools that do not serve the grade 7-12 student population
Under Dr. Brand's leadership, the district has not engaged in any programs designed to improve academic achievement. Dr. Brand attention is focused only on raising money to fund programs unrelated to academic achievement and the financing of political campaigns for board members to support his non academic agenda. Many of the districts schools are in program improvement and have been in program improvement for many years. Instead of focusing on getting these schools out of program improvement, he is focusing on charter schools to compete with the Chula Vista Elementary School District.
If you are resident/taxpayer of Chula Vista, National City, Imperial Beach, San Ysidro, or areas of San Diego served by the Sweetwater Union High School District, a parent of a sweetwater union student, A student of a the sweetwater Union HS District, a teacher or other employee of the sweetwater union district, the relative of a Sweetwater Union HS District student, or the parent of a Elementary School Student that will attend the Sweetwater Union HS District, you should sign this petition to register your vote of NO CONFIDENCE in the Interim Superintendent Edward Brand. Your vote of NO CONFIDENCE will send a strong message to the board members who are considering awarding this superintendent a new 2 year contract. By signing this petition, you send the message to the School Board Trustees that you want them to start the National Search for a New Superintendent as they promised to do over a year ago. The time for unity and courage is now! Together this community can affect postive change for our students.
The attached video below demonstrates that Ed Brand is a hypocrite. He talks about better learning environments produce better learning results and how his vision is to create environments that promote learning. Of course he realizes that overcrowded classroom are not conducive to learning and don't promote better academic results. What has he done to correct his mistake? Nothing! Prop O funds, ($20.7 Million) will be spent on the improvements to the school identified in the video. What sense does it make to let the students these improvements were intended to benefit leave the area and attend other schools in the district. That is why your vote of no confidence is so important.
The Names of signers of this petition will not be made public or shared with the School Board or the Superintendent. Only demographic data will be shared!!! Name and location are required! All other information is optional. Students should list their school as the location. all others can list their city or community as the location