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Temporary Trustees Will Serve Sweetwater Union High School District

The appointees will fill the seats of Sweetwater board members who were suspended or ousted after pleading guilty to various corruption charges.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

Four members of the San Diego County Board of Education will serve as temporary trustees for the troubled Sweetwater Union High School District, the county Office of Education announced Monday.

The appointees will fill the seats of Sweetwater board members who were suspended or ousted after pleading guilty to various corruption charges.

The selections were made today by county school board President Susan Hartley, three days after Superior Court Judge Judith Hayes granted a request by the district to allow Hartley to fill the leadership posts.

"This decision allows the San Diego County Board of Education and the San Diego County Office of Education to provide whatever services to the district that may be necessary to ensure the smooth operation of its programs," Hartley said. "We have always been focused on supporting the district in educating students."

The appointees are Mark Anderson, who represents inland North County and rural East County; Sharon Jones, who represents most of the southeastern portion of the county; Lyn Neylon, who represents the southwestern part of the county; and Hartley herself, who represents the North County coast.

Last month, board President Jim Cartmill and Trustee Bertha Lopez pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor accepting gifts charge, and then-Trustee Pearl Quinones was sentenced to three months of house arrest after her admission to a felony conspiracy count and a misdemeanor of accepting gifts above the state limit.

Former trustees Arlie Ricasa and Greg Sandoval, ex-Superintendent Jesus Gandara and a construction company executive, Henry Amigable, previously pleaded guilty in the case.

—City News Service

Toni May 21, 2014 at 10:10 AM
So glad to hear those scum balls were caught! I hope they never get back into the school districts!!! Makes me sick!
Dick Pilgrim May 21, 2014 at 06:50 PM
I have no love lost for the trustees, but what a scandal was found - 4 misdemeanors and 1 felony. Hell with that kind of muckraking we could convict every politician in the county, even Bonnie Dumanis herself has failed to file a campaign contribution!
Jon Hall May 22, 2014 at 11:54 AM
After Bonnie bargained the charges down for her friends it does seem very innocent doesn't it --- nothing at all like when they were originally charged for graft, corruption, bribery, and a few other things ...
Toni May 21, 2014 at 07:44 PM
I agree with you but... I don't compare school districts with city/ gov! Yes it all needs to stop and we shouldn't accept this stealing behavior in districts! Police or Fire Dept. City lawyers mayors etc. just glad they got caught! Let's stop more
Pop Quiz May 22, 2014 at 11:44 AM
I am always happy when the crooks get caught. white collar or blue collar, a scum bag is a scum bag.They knew what they were doing was wrong. Vigilance for the public good is a pillar of democracy and critical when striving for fairness. Misuse and abuse of the public trust or money shows disdain for the electorate. Tar and feathered then run out of town on a rail is still appropriate. But unfortunately out of vogue.

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