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October 08, 2022

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hollyroller@gmail.com

How has this BS gone on so long?
Maybe Trump's People are "guiding" the process.

resident

No doubt Rob Bonta has a red cap in his closet. It is odd though since he seems to charge everything else under the sun.

Skelly's Batmobile -(An internal investigation is needed)

The Board had a responsibility to initiate an internal investigation of the Superintendent once it discovered the  FIRST complaint and really when it received the SECOND complaint, and the Third complaint...

According to the SMUHSD Board Policy  BP  1312.1  "Any complaint regarding the Superintendent shall be initially filed in writing with the Board. The Board shall consult with legal counsel or appoint an appropriate agent to conduct the investigation."  

A review of a timeline of the facts shows that  Superintendent Kevin Skelly, Deputy Superintendent Black, and Mills Principal Dusnyski were investigated AND went before Formal Review WITHOUT notifying the SMUHSD Board. 

Read Again-  The Board found about the Superintendent's Credential suspensions when THEY got a call for comment by the SM Daily Journal. (see links to video below) 

These three SMUHSD administrators were represented  during the initial investigation using  the SMUHSD's legal counsel, the Lozano Smith Law firm, while public tax dollars paid the bill.  

If the Board did not know about the CTC investigations, then who authorized the expenditures?

Once the suspensions were announced, the rank and file lawyers were replaced by a Lozano Smith partner to defend Skelly, Black and Duszynski on appeal. 

March 1, 2022 Board Meeting with the Leadership Associates Superintendent search firm, the members made VERY CANDID statements regarding Superintendent Skelly's negligence-

Go To (1:56:00) at the link below-“Tell us EVERYTHING and TELL US FIRST” 

(1:56:40) -Trustees Land and Lees Dwyer-they are vigorously “nodding” in agreement about Skelly’s lies and then they “break up laughing” at finding out about the lies “in the newspaper.”

https://youtu.be/wZhD9JG-iko


Instead of investigating its leaders, the Board got "chummy" and called out the CTC Investigators as the problem.  "“Each of these administrators have exemplary records of service,” Griffin said. “The committee has acted irresponsibly and without regard to the facts, the law or the public interest in its decision.”

During August 2021 while these superintendent's credentials were being suspended, they were now facing a second set of CTC investigations. The Board is now aware of these issues, yet takes no action to investigate to ensure the public good.

The new and separate CTC investigations included  Superintendent Kevin Skelly, Deputy Superintendent Kirk Black, and Burlingame High School Principal Di Yim. 

These new charges produced a second set of evidence based Confidential Information Reports by the CTC investigators.  This investigation also expanded to a BHS teacher.

The Lozano partner was now representing the administrators  on appeal of credential suspension and in the investigation of these new and additional charges. 

In August 2021, the Board gave Skelly its "full backing" and gave him a 2-year contract extension at $329,000 per year. Skelly stated that he loved his job and planned on working into the future.

In response to the contract extension, Trustee Lees Dwyer stated, “There were no issues that would have created a reason not to give him a contract or give a raise.”  (Aug 14, 2021)

On January 12, 2022 Superintendent Kevin Skelly announced his resignation-retirement from the SMUHSD.   

What was discovered/disclosed in  the period from August 2021 to January 2022 created an environment where Skelly exited with his golden parachute.

It is believed that these two investigations and associated expenses are costing the taxpayers between $500,000 and $1,000,000 yet the Board never initiated an investigation as required by its own policy. 

The SMUHSD is already blocking Public Record requests for the expenditures related to these issues. A full disclosure including investigation and legal expenditures must be provided to the public

These events should draw the attention of elected representatives on the local, county, state, and federal levels (some know and are dumbfounded) as this is an extreme misuse of public funds and a loss of the public trust.

Trustees Lees Dwyer and Hanley will leave the Board at the end of the year due to by-district elections. 

Trustee Land will need to explain these actions to his constituents in Burlingame as he becomes the sole representative to the town. 

hollyroller@gmail.com

"Deflect and Redirect" is what is stopping our Country from Greatness....
Whatever that means.

Skelly's Batmobile -(Trustee strong-armed to vote for extended contract)

Two New Board Members will be SHOCKED at the cover up and suppression of evidence.

Skelly's Contract Extension- A Sham-

AFTER the recommendation to suspend Skelly's credential, the Board went 7 months without a "Superintendent Evaluation" for oversight. (check the record below)

Trustee Zuniga had to be "persuaded" in Closed Session to vote for Skelly's contract extension because she had "concerns." He "resigned" five months later.

August 2021 information and Evidence of the credential suspensions and ongoing investigations was withheld from the Board so that they would grant the Superintendent's contract extension. 
 
In June, one month prior, a Brown Act complaint was filed with the SM District Attorney as the SMUHSD Administration suppressed from the public agenda, a publication of the list of administrative contracts and salaries for the 2021-2022 school year. (Black was given an on camera rebuke by Trustee Dwyer in prior months for not posting contracts and attachments in a timely manner for review) The information was suppressed to eliminate any public comment on the contracts of Deputy Superintendent of Human Resources Kirk Black who was facing credential suspension, and was also the person who suppressed the information.

After granting Skelly a BONUS two-year contract extension at $329,000 per year the Board went SILENT on Skelly for a 7 month period WHILE Skelly and Black were under a second investigation by the CTC in less than a year AFTER their credentials were recommended for suspension.


SMUHSD Agenda's show a seven month period (August 2021-February 2022) with NO Board interactions.  At the same time, the SMUHSD Board was paying Skelly and Black's high priced legal fees, yet refused to manage this critical situation. 

According to policy, the Board SHOULD have opened an investigation of its own. 

During that period the local police were involved in at least TWO incidents  where Skelly and Black were named as action SHOULD have taken but was not as police investigation would have disclosed culpability.

These issues and incidents were suppressed from the Board.


According to a SMDJ statement by Trustee Zuniga, she was "Strong Armed" in Closed Session to grant the contract extension to Skelly, despite the fact that SHE believed something was WRONG.

"Zuniga said she recognizes the public may be left in the dark on various facts given that those discussions are confidential.

She stood by her decision to approve the contract after listening to her colleagues with more time on the board and finding that any issues could be rectified..." (August 12, 2021)

Zuniga was right to question Skelly who resigned only five months later on January 12, 2021 after the disclosure of a series of internal scandals and conflicts of interest were uncovered during the under prior seven months of CTC investigations.

On August 12, 2021 Skelly sat back and watched as the Board granted him a contract extension KNOWING that HE was under serious investigation. 

Only days later, more covert and damaging actions of retaliation commenced.

https://youtu.be/bCgOvRG6uiI?t=8292


The Agenda-Public Employee Evaluation 54957- Title: Superintendent


These are the issues that took place under Skelly-

Pregnant teacher physically threatened and called a "Fucking Bitch" by a student. Superintendent Skelly tells her to "get another job."The video is set to 9:30 and the first public speaker- Danielle Kellner

https://youtu.be/vak3UX8hbPQ?t=569
Ms Kellner left the SMUHSD and moved to the east coast.  Why would she bother to Zoom into a Board meeting to make such a bold statement if it wasn't true.Ms Kellner was one of the who filed CTC  complaints against Skelly a.


The Board is required to post a closed session agenda item to review the Superintendent.  Despite being under investigation for a SECOND TIME by the CTC, the Board does not do a single evaluation of the Superintendent for seven  (7 months.)

Special Meeting w/Closed Session
July 01, 2021 5:00PM
C. CLOSED SESSION
C.1. [ * ] Public Employee Evaluation 54957- Title: Superintendent

Seven Months with NO Superintendent Evaluations


(Skelly "resigns" on January 12, 2022)

Regular Meeting
San Mateo Union HSD
February 10, 2022 7:00PM
D. CLOSED SESSION
D.1. [* ] Public Employee Evaluation 54957- Title: Superintendent

(note the 1:00 meeting time)
Special Meeting Closed Session
San Mateo Union HSD
February 22, 2022 1:00PM
C. CLOSED SESSION
C.2. [* ] Public Employee Evaluation 54957- Title: Superintendent

Sup. Booker Local Boy Makes Good- Crestmoor Deal is a $$$ disaster

Superintendent Booker

Immediate Changes

Local Boy Makes Good

Mandated Private Security at ALL Football Games as site administration and staff are NOT enough.

Elevating ALL site Athletic Directors to FULL TIME positions (NOT a Teacher Union request) as he knows the VALUE of sports to a campus (sports IS the best program for AT RISK students).

Mandated Full Time Deans at EVERY campus for student and community safety.

He is currently elevating a FULL Administrative Staff (third Assistant Principal) to Mills and Capuchino High Schools for increased student and community safety.

Maybe the Burlingame born and bred boy has an plan?


Meanwhile- The damage of the previous leader continues:

The Brilliant Superintendent Kevin Skelly's Land Deal for the Crestmoor site will fade into failure like his career.

Here are the facts from the offer sheet:
December 2020- $125 million
December 2021- $85 million

December 2022- Why bother.

These were negotiated deals that he allowed to fall apart.

It is a well reported FACT that Skelly was withholding facts and information (of a variety of issues) from the Board.

Skelly walked away with a significant retirement package as well as ongoing PAID legal defense by the SMUHSD for the damage HE created.


The SMUHSD Board is fully responsible for the oversight of these issues. Their trust in Skelly and failure to perform due diligence and a mandatory investigation into his negligence is the cause of these significant financial setbacks.


HMB

Where is the money for all this coming from?

Sup. Booker Local Boy Makes Good- Crestmoor Deal is a $$$ disaster

The money was in your pocket-

The same place where the Board is draining the budget to pay the legal expenses of the extreme negligence of the prior administration. These are the personal legal expenses and NOT the expenses of the district.

The "boutique" firm of BFEOW and Lozano Smith are milking the district for what they can get.

Local Hillsborough School Board Member Greg Dannis' Education Law Firm -Dannis Woliver Kelley- would be a more ethical choice to advise the SMUHSD.

Lozano Smith has been picking the pockets of the SMUHSD, defending its administrators while failing to inform the Board of the extreme negligence.

The site positions will most likely come from the elimination of a large number of "fluffy" appointments made by Skelly that have no impact on students or learning.

The Board cannot serve two masters with only one pot of money that belongs to the taxpayers.

Come election day, the new single member districts will place a lone Trustee in front of the Burlingame constituents. Two new Trustee will come on Board to review "the status" of the district in what will most likely be an eye opening event.

The SMUHSD is an extremely wealthy district. It should be acting and performing like a wealthy district where "the rising tide raises all ships."

Instead it just throws money at the
flavor of the week

A majority of three (3) Board members is all that is needed to start making changes. The two new folks may be willing to start breaking dishes early and get a sitting Trustee to come over.

The new Trustees are Terri Chavez from San Bruno, and Jennifer Jacobson from the San Mateo/Hillsborough district. Each district candidate and sitting Trustee Griffin ran without a challenge.

Trustee Chavez indicated that she wants equity among the schools-resources, courses, etc.

Sitting Mr. Griffin wants a focus on safety of campus for teachers and students.

Griffin's position is ironic considering that a modified automatic weapon with armor piercing bullets (see SM Superior Court # 22-CIV-02116) was taken off of a student on a campus who was making threats. This item was silenced from the public and employees.

The Mills Teacher-Petersen case heading to trial is a retaliation Whistleblower case as the administration continually failed to act on reports of threats and violence, and THEN went after Petersen for properly filing the reports. (read the case-#21-CIV-01252).

SM Superior Court Portal-read the legal documents.

https://odyportal-ext.sanmateocourt.org/portal-external

Depositions are set- Damages are posted- The trial of the SMUHSD starts in 2023

These were literally nothing issues and incidents from the start. Skelly and Black turned them into “pissing contests” to see how much abuse they could drop on the teacher before she folded.

She didn’t fold and now they will be testifying under oath.

The evidence of the Skelly and Black retaliation “power trip” is well known and documented across the schools.

These facts are also well known amongst their own administrators- at least the ones who did not flee last year. The Board should certainly be embarrassed about recruiting, training and then losing very good people who jumped ship rather than stay in an abusive, toxic, and dysfunctional environment.

When a leave of absence isn't really a leave of absence, but a ticket out.

The Board was taken for a ride by the pair who told the Board “what the Board WANTED to hear” to yet continued with the abuse.

Petersen’s claim is filed as a Whistleblower which is 100% correct.

The two departing Board members and the three remaining Board members are now fully aware of the actions of its employee, yet they fail to take any action, promote honesty and ethics, establish the public trust.

The two new Board members will most likely "lose their sh&t" when they review the evidence and the history of these (beyond this case) incidents.

Why was this allowed to happen and then continue to happen?

The Board was “Skellied” as they were swept up with his outward Good Ol’ Boy folksy anecdotes and phrases, yet below the surface was a white-male- ego driven Good Ol Boys Club attitude founded on a management crushing labor ideology leftover from the 1970’s.

Skelly refused to curb his administrative team and turned out any who challenged him. The behind-the-scenes retaliation against rank-and-file staff is well known, documented, and will be on full display in this court proceeding.

There is a long line of SMUHSD employees who easily recognize these facts as they too were targets of retaliation, emotional and verbal abuse, blaming and shaming, all to deflect the negligence at the top.

Depositions scheduled for May 2023
• Superintendent Kevin Skelly
• Deputy Superintendent of Human Resources Kirk Black
• Mills High School Principal Pam Pamela Duszynski
• District employees and Board Members to be named

Plaintiff was retaliated against for a variety of protected activity, including reporting pupil assaults and harassment and refusing to change pupil grades.
The equitable relief sought is an injunction requiring expungement of a retaliatory letter of reprimand.
Plaintiff estimates
• $1.5 million for pain and suffering
• $1.5 million for emotional distress
• $300,000 for lost earnings to date
• $1 million lost future earnings
• $1.86 million lost pension value

Don’t blame the Mills teacher for these numbers. According to records SHE asked this to be settled a long time ago and all she wanted was to have the expungement of a fraudulent retaliatory letter of reprimand removed from her employment file.

The removal of the letter was a price too high for Skelly and Black’s ego’s and now the tax-payers who foot the bill.

The numbers above don’t include the legal expenses of the SMUHSD who hired a “boutique” law firm to defend the district and the individuals.

Court documents can be found at the following:
https://odyportal-ext.sanmateocourt.org/portal-external

Case #
21-CIV-01252

OneManginiWay


These were literally nothing issues and incidents from the start. Skelly and Black turned them into “pissing contests” to see how much abuse they could drop on the teacher before she folded.

She didn’t fold and now they will be testifying under oath.

The evidence of the Skelly and Black retaliation “power trip” is well known and documented across the schools.

These facts are also well known amongst their own administrators- at least the ones who did not flee last year. The Board should certainly be embarrassed about recruiting, training and then losing very good people who jumped ship rather than stay in an abusive, toxic, and dysfunctional environment.

When a leave of absence isn't really a leave of absence, but a ticket out.

The Board was taken for a ride by the pair who told the Board “what the Board WANTED to hear” to yet continued with the abuse.

Petersen’s claim is filed as a Whistleblower which is 100% correct.

The two departing Board members and the three remaining Board members are now fully aware of the actions of its employee, yet they fail to take any action, promote honesty and ethics, establish the public trust.

The two new Board members will most likely "lose their sh&t" when they review the evidence and the history of these (beyond this case) incidents.

Why was this allowed to happen and then continue to happen?

The Board was “Skellied” as they were swept up with his outward Good Ol’ Boy folksy anecdotes and phrases, yet below the surface was a white-male- ego driven Good Ol Boys Club attitude founded on a management crushing labor ideology leftover from the 1970’s.

Skelly refused to curb his administrative team and turned out any who challenged him. The behind-the-scenes retaliation against rank-and-file staff is well known, documented, and will be on full display in this court proceeding.

There is a long line of SMUHSD employees who easily recognize these facts as they too were targets of retaliation, emotional and verbal abuse, blaming and shaming, all to deflect the negligence at the top.

Depositions scheduled for May 2023
• Superintendent Kevin Skelly
• Deputy Superintendent of Human Resources Kirk Black
• Mills High School Principal Pam Pamela Duszynski
• District employees and Board Members to be named

Plaintiff was retaliated against for a variety of protected activity, including reporting pupil assaults and harassment and refusing to change pupil grades.
The equitable relief sought is an injunction requiring expungement of a retaliatory letter of reprimand.
Plaintiff estimates
• $1.5 million for pain and suffering
• $1.5 million for emotional distress
• $300,000 for lost earnings to date
• $1 million lost future earnings
• $1.86 million lost pension value

Don’t blame the Mills teacher for these numbers. According to records SHE asked this to be settled a long time ago and all she wanted was to have the expungement of a fraudulent retaliatory letter of reprimand removed from her employment file.

The removal of the letter was a price too high for Skelly and Black’s ego’s and now the tax-payers who foot the bill.

The numbers above don’t include the legal expenses of the SMUHSD who hired a “boutique” law firm to defend the district and the individuals.

Court documents can be found at the following:
https://odyportal-ext.sanmateocourt.org/portal-external

Case #
21-CIV-01252

Substitute Teacher Skelly -(This is real)

(We can't make this stuff up)

At its December 15, 2021 meeting, the SMUHSD approved the employment of FORMER Superintendent Kevin Skelly as a substitute teacher.

Skelly was holding a two-year contract at $329k per year when he"retired" so that he could exercise the option to become a substitute teacher on a a daily pay rate?

How does THAT make sense.

Given Skelly's employment income and years of service, his retirement pay alone would be between $250k and $300k-


The meeting also saw the addition to two new members and the exit of Trustees Lees Dwyer and Hanley.

Skelly's "retirement" was a resignation (with disgrace) and the discovery of Skelly's name on the employment list released a "wild-fire" of comments among the rank and file in the SMUHSD who see any return of Skelly as negative.


Trustee Land is the current Board President and the lone representative from now established Burlingame District.

Trustee Land is now the sole representative from Burlingame (you can't vote for any other district) and responsible for the actions taken regarding Burlingame High School (past, present, and future) Land may want to think about getting on the proper side of putting the good ship BHS back in order.


The exodus of Lees Dwyer and Hanley will also allow a majority on the Board to break the deadlock "protecting" the extreme negligence and foolishness of the Skelly Era to include Yim-Gate and collapse of BHS.

Public Record requests for documents as well as expenditure disclosures for fraudulent investigations and legal expenses related to Skelly are planned as well as the legal depositions related to the Petersen lawsuit (above).


The Board should be much smarter than to allow "Substitute Teacher Skelly" to return to the scene of the crime.

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