A Questionable Donation

As a
resident of California since 1970, and as a board member of the Carpinteria
Unified School District, I have seen many donations to CUSD.

Two
donations, however, involved cannabis profits, and I did not approve of either —
as a private citizen nor did I vote for as a board member; both have been
written about in the Coastal View News.

(1) Coastal View, Jan. 17, 2019, “After significant discussion, the board voted unanimously to amend the previous agenda, acknowledging a $1,200 donation from the CARP Growers. “This donation had been presented to the board as a gift to CUSD coming directly from the Carpinteria Rotary Club when the board knew that it was a gift from CARP Growers, an association of cannabis growers in Carpinteria.

(2) Coastal View, Sept. 5, 2019, reported
upon a 189K donation from CARP Growers. This is a violation of the school
board’s charter, as well as state and federal rules governing drugs. Marijuana
is a drug and basic common sense tells me that drugs and children are a bad
mix.

I find
this especially concerning as the sole Hispanic on the CUSD with a student
population that is more than 75 percent Hispanic, with three children of my
own.

What
kind of example is the board establishing for our students? It is also not in
compliance with CUSD Policy 5131.6 and I believe shows disturbing and unethical
behavior on the part of District Leadership.

The
funds for a Carpinteria Middle School should and could come directly from the district’s
reserves as they are quite healthy for the next three years.

Furthermore,
as a matter of public record, Carpinteria High School has had the recent
retirement of our teacher Casey Roberts. Also, note that Barnaby Gogler, the
principal of Rincon and Foothill alternative high schools, has just left CUSD.
The district decided not to replace them. That comes to approximately a combined
income of $250,000 annually. Funding for a middle school counselor can easily
come from those extra funds, without compromising the integrity of our schools
by accepting drug money.

As a
proud member of this community, let me state loudly and clearly that no group
should be allowed to dominate our school district.

I say
this as more “gifts” are expected from CARP Growers. This is wrong!

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