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City of Inglewood Taxpayers, Stakeholders, Parents and Students demand answers

IUSDInglewood Unified School District employees are seething about the number of upper management staff who have been terminated from employment with the district and led out in handcuffs although they were NOT under arrest.  State appointed superintendent Dr. Don Brann, who admits he doesn’t know why $38k was spent on a staff training, also can not explain what happened to $29 million of the emergency loan either.  Instead he proudly stated, “…whatever happened is before I got here…”  The state has been here since September 2012 and they can’t explain where the money is that they are controlling and spending?

At a special board meeting scheduled Friday, March 14th, a presentation was given that addressed the dismal state of the districts financial affairs.  Citing increased transportation costs (when most schools aren’t taking field trips) and a declining birth rate, none of the high paid employees/consultants can explain:

  • Why IUSD needed the $55 million emergency line of credit;
  • What dates the money was drawn down;
  • Where did it go (besides payroll);

What was made public was:

  • (3) draw downs of $29 million occured between Nov. 2012- Feb. 2013;
  • $26 million remains available;
  • no significant changes have been made to either the curriculum and/or after school programs;

Two advisory board members were on hand and most vocal of the two was Arnold Butler.  He argued IUSD is in the same financial position it was prior to the takeover.  Butler went on further to state they had enough cash to operate IUSD until Feb. 2013, however, IUSD was taken over sooner than expected at the start of the 2012-13 SY.  Union officials made note that the advisory members should be seated in the audience with the public, which fell on deaf ears.

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Agenda item e. may give some clue as to what is transpiring within the walls of Inglewood Unified where it states, “…conference with legal counsel/anticipated litigation: (Pursuant to Government Cases involving facts and circumstances that might result in significant exposure to litigation but which are not yet known to any potential plaintiff. (2) cases.

Nearly a dozen employees have been let go in executive positions over the last week and led out in handcuffs, although NONE OF THE FORMER EMPLOYEES WERE UNDER ARREST.  This comes on the heels of Dr. Brann requesting back up from multiple law enforcement agencies, costing those cities residents possible overtime for the officers responding to a student protest?

Was the Inglewood Unified School District taken over hastily to disband the district, sell off assets, control the LCFF and become a full on charter district that Dr. Brann has record of forming?

Dr. Brann has given Joe Dominguez until May to disclose where taxpayers $29 million has disappeared to, however 2UrbanGirls has contacted Tom Torlakson on March 27th to personally make a public records request as to how the $29M was spent since Mr. Dominguez and Dr. Brann can not.  His office contacted 2UrbanGirls confirming receipt of the request and noting 10 day turnaround to produce findings.  Stay tuned…

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4 Responses so far.

  1. No1Blogger says:

    Why reference A Butler, as a citizen I don’t believe him anyone he plays too much politics in our children education.

    • Admin says:

      Hi No1Blogger!

      Arnold Butler was referenced as a point of reference of Dr. Brann’s continued disrespect to the Inglewood community. To allow an advisory member, with no powers, to interrupt and address the presenters as if he is still a voting board member, is absurd and a slap in the face to those left reeling in the decisions made by the deposed “leaders”.

      It was equally unsettling to find Arnold Butler was relected to the seat. It clearly shows how out of touch the residents are with their community and bear the brunt of the blame for the demise of the Inglewood Unified School District.

      This past meeting was attended by less than 10 community members. We need to attend the meetings regularly, not just when layoffs are on the table.

    • 2UrbanGirls says:

      Hi No1Blogger!

      Arnold Butler was referenced as a point of reference of Dr. Brann’s continued disrespect to the Inglewood community. To allow an advisory member, with no powers, to interrupt and address the presenters as if he is still a voting board member, is absurd and a slap in the face to those left reeling in the decisions made by our disgraced “leaders” who led us to conservatorship.

      It was equally unsettling to find Arnold Butler was relected to the seat. It clearly shows how out of touch the residents are with their community and bear the brunt of the blame for the demise of the Inglewood Unified School District.

      This past meeting was attended by less than 10 community members. We need to attend the meetings regularly, not just when layoffs are on the table.

      • No1Blogger says:

        With out do respect, was is it to the point of Dr. Brann’s continued disrespect to the Inglewood community. Mr. Butler has been a Board Member for so long, this is last term, he has not made a difference in the Inglewood Unified School District community. We ran out of money fast from Measure K, and where is it? Which affected some schools that are not remodeled nor maintained. TRANS loan was voted in by Board Members but with a high interest rate, it got IUSD schools in a worse scenario. If he wants to hold his power and seat, show us that he can represent all the schools of IUSD. He makes conservative decisions and has been there so long that I lost confidence, as a parent and citizen, I have more power. As citizen we need to see the domino effect why and how IUSD almost came into bankruptcy, because of political decisions and power. Wow, this is not about him/she, this is about the students now show me what the Board Members what they got, where is my right when I voice my concerns, previous and current district meetings, there’s only one Board Member that listens and that is not Mr Butler. Ever since State take-over, they listen.

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I am a lifelong Inglewood resident living in District 4. I serve on PTA and School Site Council as Vice-President, for the last 8 years with Inglewood Unified School District. I volunteer on the Wellness Committee for ICEF Public Schools. I am an alumni of California State University, Dominguez Hills with a degree in Political Science. You can find me on Twitter under @CreoleMommie

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