Has Inglewood Unified borrowed against Measure GG

IUSDInglewood Unified School District (IUSD) requested an emergency loan from the State of California sometime in 2012. On September 14, 2012, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 533, which appropriated $55 million to IUSD, so they would make payroll. On October 3, 2012, the CA Dept. of Education assumed all rights and responsibilities and relieved then Superintendent Gary McHenry and the school board, of all duties.  

According to Senator Rod Wright “… McHenry and [former board member] Arnold Butler traveled to Sacramento to request the emergency funding to meet payroll obligations…”

McHenry and the board were vehement that they weren’t aware the request for the loan would trigger an early takeover.  Website Californiality has provided some clarity for they show SB 533 was a law that would go into effect in 2013.

Related:  List of New California Laws 2013

November 3, 2012, Inglewood voters approved Measure GG which created $90 million to be spent improving the schools.  Kent Taylor, the first state appointed superintendent, campaigned quite heavily in support of getting Measure GG passed.  He would then be relieved of his duties on December 2, 2012.

Next up would be LaTanya Kirk-Carter, who was second in command since October 2012.  She immediately moved into the state appointed superintendent position.  On December 12, 2012, acting as both the board and superintendent, she authorized a resolution to borrow $30 million against Measure GG.  That same school board meeting established guidelines and bylaws for a Measure GG Oversight Committe, which still has no members.  Somehow Kent Taylor’s name remained on the agenda although he was no longer with IUSD.

Related articleIUSD Board Agenda December 12, 2012

On June 4, 2013, Mark Saldino, of the Treasurer and Tax Collectors office, presented to L.A. County Board of Supervisors, a resolution authorizing bonds to be sold, in the amount of $30 million, which would be repaid by all taxable property within the district.  The justification of the authorization to issue was because the school district was determined to need $30 million.

Related document:  Issuance and Sale of Inglewood Unified School District General Obligation Bonds, Election of 2012, Series A (Second District) (3 Votes)

On July 1, 2013, Dr. Don Brann became our third state appointed administrator.

Residents in Ladera Heights are livid.  They have made several trips to Sacramento, led by Joe and Margaret Bowers, stating the district would not have needed to be taken over if they made the necessary cuts across the board.  Although Ladera is in the unincorporated area, and receive L.A. County services, their property taxes still go towards IUSD.

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The Joint Legislative Audit Committee has made two attempts to audit the SB 533 loan, in June and this month, to no avail.  Both votes failed to accumulate the required amount needed to audit Inglewood Unified.  According to Senator Rod Wright there are three audits occurring:  FCMAT, IRS and State Controller and no need for another audit to take place.

The Inglewood community has been told repeatedly that only $29 million of SB 533 has been allocated and $26 million has remained untouched.  Some residents have made inquiries as to why their property taxes have been reassessed.

What is the status of the $30 million in bonds issued against Measure GG?  Stay tuned…





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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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