Bob Nunez

East Side Union High School District Education Foundation Decertified by IRS

(From Left) Ed Buller, Khaled Hosseini and Chris Funk celebrate The Kite Runner author’s induction into the East Side Union High School District Education Foundation Hall of Fame last November. Many people in attendance that evening had no idea the foundation had its nonprofit status revoked by the IRS a year prior.

Last November, a few hundred people donned their best suits and gowns and converged on San Jose’s historic Hayes Mansion to toast some of the East Side’s most accomplished alumni. The stars that night, honored in the East Side Union High School District Education Foundation’s Hall of Fame fundraiser, consisted of a 10-person class led by Khaled Hosseini, a 1984 graduate of Independence High School and author of The Kite Runner. But on Nov. 15, 2011, the IRS revoked the foundation’s nonprofit status. And yet almost no one outside of its board—including donors—knew about its lost certification when it threw a fundraiser a year later.

Read More 10

Eddie Garcia Not Seeking Re-Election

Eddie Garcia, president of the East Side Union High School District board, has announced that he will not seek re-election to the Board of Trustees this fall.

“After thoughtful consideration with my family, I have decided not to seek another term on the Board of Trustees for the 2010 election for the East Side Union High School District,” Garcia posted on his Facebook profile last friday. 

Garcia, 46, suffered a major heart attack last June, and is currently on medical leave from his job as Chief of Staff for Supervisor George Shirakawa.

Read More 4

East Side Race On

Though he’s yet to decide whom he’s endorsing in the District 5 runoff, J. Manuel Herrera will indeed be running to retain his long-held East Side Union High School District Board Trustee seat next fall.

When Herrera hoofed it to the County of Santa Clara Registrar of Voters Office to pull his papers earlier this month, however, whom did he discover in line ahead of him? None other than former East Side Superintendent Bob Nuñez.

Read More 7

Troubled District’s Trustees Scolded by County School Superintendent

Dr. Charles Weis, the county’s superintendent of schools, is shortening the leash on the East Side Union High School District following a damning report that was released last month. Weis attended the board’s meeting last night and grilled the members, demanding that they hire an internal auditor immediately—before he pulls their power over their own $200-million-plus budget.

Read More 2

Nuñez Stuns Trustees at Surprise Meeting

Embattled former superintendent Bob Nuñez made a surprise appearance in front of the East Side Union High School District’s Board of Trustees last night, publicly announcing that he thinks the district needs to address issues of fraud and intimidation within their own board and administration

Read More 5

Audit Clears Nuñez; Places Blame On East Side District Board

Last July, an audit by the Santa Clara County Office of Education found a series of financial irregularities in the East Side School District. A series of articles in the Mercury News cast a cloud of suspicion over superintendent Bob Nuñez and other district officials. Nuñez went on administrative leave three months ago, as the investigation into what really went on in the district continued.

Read More 5