Inglewood USD Administrator faces harsh critics

thInglewood Unified School District has joined a handful of districts in being placed under State control due to fiscal discrepancies.  Our original appointee, Kent Taylor left abruptly two months after being brought in at the start of the 2012-13 School Year.

[Kent Taylor removed as state appointed administrator to IUSD]

Since leaving, Tom Torlakson appointed Taylor’s second in command, Mrs. LaTanya Kirk-Carter as his replacement.  Carter has previously worked within the Centinela Valley and Beverly Hills School Districts, monitoring funds on behalf of the state.  Since assuming the top job, she has had to implement tough cuts that don’t sit very well with the employees of the district.

Recently, there have been more personnel changes that have caused many rumors to circulate.

CHP Bodyguard

Due to the nature of the job, I’m sure Mrs. Carter has been assigned a CHP officer for protection, which is the case when any school district has been taken over by the state.  Back in 2004, Randy Ward was brought in to run the Oakland School District after the district received $100 million in state funds.  When parents began to verbalize threats, he was given an officer from the Office of Dignitary Protection, the same unit that guards the Governor.  Ward also had a bodyguard while working in Compton USD.

The California Department of Education takes these measures to ensure the safety of the administrator since there are layoffs of staff along with discrepancies being uncovered.

[Oakland schools chief has a bodyguard]

Mrs. Young

It is well-known that current advisory board member, Dr. Johnny Young, has a wife working for the district who is a nurse.  It appears that there is a recent outbreak of lice infections amongst five schools.  If you have a child attending IUSD, you are aware that the nurse is on-site only one, two days at most, out of the week.  She was brought in to help manage the kids from infesting one another, in addition to providing additional support to the school sites.

Chief Carter

Chief Carter was placed on paid administrative leave pending an ongoing investigation.  As with all HR matters, concerning IUSD employees, it is not a matter that is discussed openly with the public.  Normal procedure is to put an individual on paid administrative leave until the investigation is concluded.  Should nothing come of it, the employee is back to work.  If there is a finding, suspension or termination could occur.  Since there is currently no Personnel Commission, IUSD has hired an outside investigator to conduct the research.  In the interim, Inglewood PD has loaned Captain Sissac until a permanent, temporary chief can be secured.

The ITA released a report on their April 23rd meeting with the California Department of Education and they state the district is $17 million in arrears (ironically the same amount LaTijera was over budget).  The union was also notified that the agreement made by Kent Taylor will stand (thanks Kent for looking out for the teachers) but classified employees are still susceptible to layoffs.

I’m hearing the next special meeting may take place next week.  Please make time to attend.

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