A coalition of community members is coming forward in support of a top San Diego Unified School District administrator recently placed on administrative leave.
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Dr. Brenda Campbell, who served as the Area 1 superintendent, Campbell was placed on leave late last week. District officials would not explain why, only to say it is a "personnel matter."
On Tuesday morning, Campbell's supporters rallied around her, demanding any allegations against her be dismissed.
"We are extremely, extremely upset. We just tried to meet with the superintendent
we were refused access to the superintendent," said community member Rev. Gerald Brown.
Sources told 10News that Campbell could be involved in money mismanagement, specifically regarding a discretionary fund. Those who worked closely with her, however, denied any such wrongdoing.
"No, no, and I made it very clear when I talked to the media
I work very closely with Dr. Campbell and most of the principals. I visit their schools regularly, so I'm well aware of how things are going," said San Diego Unified School District Board Member Shelia Jackson.
San Diego City Council President Tony Young also stood with the community members during Tuesday's press conference, saying he was there to support his district.
His concern included "issues of equity."
The community members said this is a critical time for the districts. Students return to school on September 4, and there is no voice to represent the students in Area 1.
Although an interim area superintendent is in place, community members believe Campbell should still be involved because of her expertise with the local schools.
Without Campbell, Jackson believes students are getting the "short end of the stick."
Area 1 includes Lincoln High School and Morse High School, as well as the surrounding elementary and junior high schools.
The community members fired off a letter to SD Unified Superintendent Bill Kowba, demanding "due process" for Campbell.
"Since specific charges have not been identified against Dr. Campbelle, all disciplinary action cease and desist," Brown said.
If the community remembers do not receive a response from Kowba by close of business Tuesday, they are threatening to go to the Office of Civil Rights under the Department of Justice due to lack of due process for Campbell.
A SD Unified representative said the district cannot discuss the matter because it is a personnel issue.
SD Unified schools officially start school Sept. 4.
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