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..
The results of the audit are finally in, and it turns out the problem wasn’t Nuñez after all. In fact, it lies with the Board of Trustees. The Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team, which conducted the audit, claims that the 25,000-student school district suffers from a climate of “mistrust and intimidation,” and that its fiscal and administrative policies are lacking. Among its suggestions to correct the problem is the reappointment of an internal auditor for the district, a position that was earlier eliminated.
So will Nuñez be reinstated? Not likely. In January the Board appointed Associate Superintendent Dan Moser as the new Acting Superintendent and Human Resources Director Cathy Giammona to deputy superintendent. A full superintendent will be hired by January, but there is no reason to think that it will be Nuñez either. He isn’t very popular with Board President Eddie Garcia, who commented on Nuñez’s resignation, “I’m pleased it ended up this way.”
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