Parents, teachers angry over new contract for Sweetwater superintendent
Ed Brand brought back on interim basis
Last Updated: 436 days ago
CHULA VISTA, Calif. - Sweetwater Union High School District board members have approved a new contract Tuesday for interim district Superintendent Ed Brand by a 3-2 vote despite resistance and anger from parents and teachers .
During the public comment session Monday night, teacher Helen Farias said, "We are not going away. Hire Ed Brand tonight and expect an ongoing fight."
Parents and teachers are furious that the board offered Brand a new contract as superintendent. It would be his second turn in that position, which he held from 1995 to 2005. Last summer, the district brought him back on an interim basis after getting rid of controversial superintendent Jesus Gandara, who is now under indictment.
"We traded in one poor choice for another," one woman said during public comment.
The board went into closed session at 6 p.m. to vote on whether to offer Brand a new permanent deal. The final decision was made to approve the contract at 3:05 a.m.
Dozens of people waited through the night, anxious to hear the board's decision.
Some of the problems under Brand's tenure include bringing in free dirt for a project. The dirt turned out to be contaminated and cost tens of thousands of dollars to haul away.
Another issue was opening the school district's boundaries, allowing students to attend any school they want. Some say it has caused overcrowding in a few schools. A third complaint was using millions of dollars in construction bond funds to pay for student iPads.
"Everybody has voiced their opinion. They have no confidence in Dr. Ed ward Brand. I guess that just about sums up everyone in the crowd except the four of you," John Brinkley told the board.
Details of the contract have not been made public, but sources tell 10News it is worth well over $300,000 a year.
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