Ex-Poway Superintendent Is Facing Five Felony Charges
By Ashly McGlone
Voice of San Diego
August 7, 2017

John Collins is facing five felony charges
for allegedly misusing public money,
vacation, sick and leave time while
superintendent of the Poway Unified
School District, according to a complaint
filed by the San Diego County district
attorney’s office on Friday.

If convicted on all charges, Collins could spend up to seven years, eight months in
prison, a spokesman for the district attorney’s office said Monday.

Specifically, the complaint alleges three felony counts of misappropriation of public
money, one felony count of misuse of public money, and one felony count of filing a
false economic interest disclosure, known as a Form 700...
John Collins and Darlene

John Collins' email to Darlene 12/29/2015 8:06:12 PM

"My understanding is that the Poway Sheriffs Station has
been working with the city attorney to see if any criminal or
civil charges can be filed against the Garniers
. Last  heard
that wasn't looking very hopeful.  Believe me I know how
frustrating that is."

[Maura Larkins' note:
I suspect this is the same Darlene that we find in the
Superior Court asking for a TRO against none other than the
Garniers on the very same date as this email thread with
John Collins:
         

DARLENE VERLENA WILLIS
VS. KIM GARNIER
37-2015-00043092-CU-HR-CTL         
Case Location:         San Diego            
Date Filed:        
 12/29/2015
Category:         CU-HRS         
Harassment]




12/29/2015 8:21:14 PM
The TRO is a good first step.  Who is presenting the case
to the judge?  Sheriffs?

12/29/2015 8:22:24 PM
No, I presented it today and was going to send the
Deputy Sheriff a copy of the TRO so they can see that I
followed through
.

12/29/2015 8:24:44 PM
Good for you

12/29/2015 8:25:38 PM
I'll keep you posted! Feel better and happy new year to you and your family! Stay
safe because I really do believe they are both crazy!
San Diego Education Report
Poway Unified School District
Poway loses
Donovan case; court
says it should have
protected gay
students
Poway's Special Ed
Program Dumping
Ground For Kids?

Parents Say Program
Deserves Failing Grade
10 News San Diego
July 17, 2006

Westview High School is a
relatively new and shinning
star in the Poway Unified
School District, which is known
for its high standards and
excellent record of educating
kids.

"We've got fantastic kids here,
wonderfully dedicated
teachers. It's a system that I
think works," associate
superintendent Dr. Kevin
Skelly said.

This year, the California
Department of Education
rated Westview High School
and 31 other schools in the
district as excellent.

It also gave the district's
special education program
high grades.But some parents
told 10News that Poway's
special education program is a
wasteland where kids are
dumped. They said it
deserves a failing grade,
according to 10News.

Parents and students said the
district doesn't know what to
do about kids who are not
mentally disabled, but who
cannot learn in a regular
classroom setting.

Jason Stewart is one of those
kids who said they've been left
in the dark to fend for
themselves.

"They didn't teach me
anything. They didn't help me
out," he said.

A senior at Westview, Stewart
should be graduating this
week with his friends, but he
won't be.

"I see my friends going to
college, and I can't even
graduate from high school. It's
horrible," he said.

"Poway is finding in his 12th
year (of education) that my
son has severe vision
processing deficits that they
were responsible for finding
way back in the first grade,"
Jason's mother, Lindsey
Stewart, said.

Jason wants to learn, but his
mind has trouble grasping
what he sees. Instead, his
brain scrambles to process
every sound he hears, making
it difficult to focus in the
classroom...

But over the past 11 years
Stewart has been shuffled
around from regular classes to
special education classes. He
said it's made him even more
confused and depressed...

At Black Mountain Middle
School Stewart became
suicidal.

"I would just give up
sometimes and feel like this is
pointless," he said.

And while the state gave
PUSD rave reviews for special
education,
the district has
been suing students
whose parents don't want
their children in the special
education program.

Lindsey Stewart took the
fight all the way to the ninth
circuit court of appeals.

"There's actually three major
law firms that are fighting me,"
she said.

PUSD is fighting her with a
vengeance by racking up
more than $400,000 in legal
bills in the Stewart case.But
the legal battles don't end with
Stewart.

Evalyn Smith's children and
dozens of other students have
been sued or threatened with
lawsuits by the district,
according to 10News.

"It blows my mind how they
could sue a student to force
them into a special education
class," Smith said.

Smith said the district has to
stop lumping all students
together in a "one-size-fits-all"
special education program.

A total of 25 kids with "learning
differences" are involved in
lawsuits with the district,
10News reported.

According to Skelly, that's not
a lot. "To have 25 unhappy
parents out of 3,000 -- that we
have not been able to resolve
with -- I think is very good,"
Skelly said.

Parents and students said
more people are afraid to
come forward because the
district has a record of
retaliation.

"In my opinion we are
retaliated against," Smith said.

Retaliation like lawsuits,
orders to gavel down parents
at school board meetings to
quiet them, and security
personnel following parents on
campus.

District officials won't talk
about any of the cases, but
said the problem stems from a
lack of funding, not a lack of
caring.

"The federal government and
the state government do not
give us enough money to
meet the needs of specialized
students," Skelly said.

Some parents said they are
turning to alternative private
schools and getting better
results.
Poway cases

Schools and Violence
Hazing in PUSD
Poway settlement in
locker-room rape totals
$675,000
San Diego Union-Tribune
August 4, 1998
by Anna Cearley

In March 1997, a
15-year-old freshman
baseball player was the
victim of a locker-room
broomstick rape at
Bernardo High School
by three teammates.
The three
were sentenced to a
minimum of thirty days
in Juvenile Hall,
weekend work projects
and a one year
suspension of driving
privileges.

The victim sued the
Poway Unified
School District, arguing
officials knew
about the hazing
"tradition", where
varsity team members
would intimidate
freshman by
threatening to rape
them and simulating
rape. After months of
mediation, the claim
settled for $675,000.

Doe et al. v.PUSD.
Confidential Report for
Attorneys.

No. 9833 (no formal
complaint filed,
settlement September
1997).




History of High School
Hazing:
http://www.hanknuwer.com/hs2
1997

Rancho Bernardo  High
School (California,
Poway School District)
Physical hazing and
sexual assault
Junior varsity baseball
player

After a rookie baseball
player was sodomized
with an object in the
locker
room, he settled for
$675,000 with the
district, according to
the San Diego
Union-Tribune which
went to uncommon
lengths to get the
school district to reveal
any details at all. Court
records showed that
the
attack was
part of
a six-year pattern
of assault in
several sports and
was deeply
entrenched in
school athletics,
according to the
newspaper.
Violent teacher defended
by PUSD

LeBlanc v. PUSD

Web page re LeBlanc v.
PUSD is hacked (blog post)
Student cheating scandal

Is PUSD depraved?
Lindsey Stewart case

Lindsey Stewart Blog post
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Poway CAB bonds
Andy Patapow, Candidate for
Poway Unified School District
Board of Education
September 5, 2012

Name: Andrew Micheal Patapow Jr
Age: 77
College: San Diego State Degree: BA MA Ind. Arts
Year of graduation: 1963
Grad school University: San Diego State
Degree: Ind. Arts / Education
Year of graduation: 1965

Military service
Rank: Corporal
Date when discharged from duty: 01 November 1965

Employment Information
Job titles held: Teacher/Vice-Prin./Principal
Employers: S.D.County/ Mt. Empire /PUSD

Political Information
Party affiliation:
Republican
Running for a: Local office
Running for position: PUSD Board of Education
Chamber/district: Poway Unified School District
Incumbent: Yes
First elected: 06 November 1996
Board Member; Poway Unified
School District (3 Elected)
November 2, 2010 Election
Full Term.
Candidates (Vote for 3)

Marc Davis  23,915 votes 18.6%
Occupation: Businessman/Financial Advisor
Bachelor of Arts in Economics (BYU 1990)
Certified Financial Planner certificant (1993)
Owner - Davis & Seiley Wealth Management (1994)
Vice President - San Diego County Metropolitan
Advisory Board - Salvation Army
Stake President/Church Leader - The Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (1995-04)
Married 22 years (Karen). Father of 7 children
(1 boy, 6 girls - ages 5-20)
Priorities:
Resolve the long term school funding problems
and restore pay cuts taken by PUSD
employees...
Help PUSD open new ways of teaching and
learning while continuing our focus of
"Character Counts" citizenship development.


Penny Ranftle  21,772 votes 17.0%
Occupation: Incumbent
Sixteen Years Experience as Board Member
Vice-President, Poway Unified Board of
Education
Occupation: Director, BizTown, Junior
Achievement of San Diego's 5th Grade
Experiential Learning Program
President, San Diego County School Boards
Association
Delegate, California School Boards Association
Member, Poway Chamber of Commerce
Priorities:
Maintain High Academic and Discipline
Standards While Working to Ensure Each
Student Reaches Their Potential
Ensure Budget Cuts Remain as Far Away from
the Classroom as Possible
Continue to Work to Eliminate the Achievement
Gap


Todd Gutschow  19,989 votes 15.6%
Occupation: Incumbent
President, Poway Unified School Board
Board President, AVID Center
Board Member, Classroom of the Future
Foundation
Boardmember & Former Chairperson, Boys &
Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego
Founder, HNC Software Inc. (grew company
from 2 employees to 1400 employees)
BA in Physics from Harvard University
Priorities:
Ensure students are prepared for college and
career success in the 21st century
Manage district finances to encourage new
revenue sources and keep cuts away from
students
Increase use of technology in our classrooms to
engage students and improve learning


Kimberley Beatty  18,353 votes 14.3%
Occupation: PTA Board Member
Former DEA Special Agent
J.D., University of Maryland Law School
B.A., University of Virginia
Legislation Chair, Multiple PTA Boards
Former Member, Sabre Springs Planning Board
2010 Boston Marathon Finisher
Priorities:
Support student-centered quality education.
Fight for adequate funding for our schools.
Expand innovative college prep programs.


Tom Giles  16,458 votes 12.8%
Occupation: Business Owner, CEO
SDSU Bachelor of Science in Applied Arts and
Sciences Business Admin. Management
Member of the School Site Council
Member PTA
Father of three children in Poway School District
Elected Member of the Rancho Bernardo
Recreation Council
PTA and was voted as one of the 2009 PUSD
School Site Volunteers of the Year
Priorities:
Improving Education- It's time to Fix Our
Schools First
This is the time to change the way Sacramento
funds our schools
Zero tolerance of violence for the safety of our
children


Stan Rodkin  10,683 votes 8.3%
Occupation: Retired Mechanical Engineer
Thirteen years' service as a Board of
Education member in the Poway Unified
School District in years past
BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering
Priorities:
Restoration of vocational courses so graduates
will find jobs
Improvement of academic rigor
Conservation of energy to put more dollars in
the classroom.
John Gunderson 9,097 votes 7.1%
Occupation: District Attorney Investigator
Frederick W. Pierce  8,105 votes 6.3%
Occupation: Student Housing Executive
Trustee Emeritus, California State University
Past President, SDSU Alumni Association
Past President, CSU Alumni Council
CEO, Pierce Education Properties
Former Executive, Price Waterhouse
Vice Chair, SDSU College of Business
Priorities:
Equal Admissions Access for PUSD Graduates
to SDSU
Increased Private Financial Support
Stonger Legislative Advocacy in Sacramento
November 6, 2012 Election

Board Member; Poway Unified School District
Full Term.
Candidates (Vote for 2)

Kimberley Beatty
27,140 votes 38.6%
Occupation: PTA Board Member
[Endorsed by Democratic Party]

Andy Patapow
22,604 votes 32.1%
Occupation: Member, Poway Unified School District

Linda Vanderveen  
20,572 votes 29.3%
Occupation: Incumbent/President
Key Endorsements
Former San diego City Councilman Brian
Maienschein
Poway Mayor Don Higginson
Poway City Councilmembers Jim Cunningham and
John Mullin

Don Higginson, Mayor, City of Poway, endorsed
Mitt Romney in 2012, Brian Bilbray and Brian
Maienschein
Board members involved
in 2012
CAP bond scam:
endorsements and party
affiliations

Penny Ranftle --endorsed by
Republicans Assemblyman Nathan
Fletcher and
Mayor Don Higginson  
in 2010

Linda Vanderveen --Republican

Andy Patapow --Republican

Marc Davis --endorsed by
Republican Party and Poway
Federation of Teachers

Todd Gutschow--endorsed by
Republican Assemblyman Nathan
Fletcher and
Don Higginson, Mayor,
City of Poway
in 2010 and
Poway Federation of Teachers
(President Candace Smalley)
Linda Ann Vanderveen, Candidate for
Poway Unified School District Board of
Education
Vanderveen is seeking another term on the Board of
Education.
July 30, 2012

Name: Ms. Linda Ann Vanderveen
Age : 62
Place of residence : Poway

Education
College
Attended college : Yes
College : Bronson Hospital School of Nursing
Degree : Registered Nurse, Diploma Graduate
Year of graduation : 1971

Employment Information
Job titles held : Registered Nurse (ICU, OR); Surgical
Assistant
Employers : Bronson Hospital, Medical University of
South Carolina, Dr. Gary Nobel

Political Information
Party affiliation :
Republican
Running for a: Local office
Running for position: Board of Education
Chamber/district: Poway Unified School District
Incumbent: Yes
First elected: November 2000
Previous elective offices : PTA presidencies (Chaparral
Elementary, Palomar Council, Poway High School) Vice
President (Communication, Legislation, 9th District
PTA) Numerous other elected leadership roles in PTAs,
voluteer leadership positions in the community
November 2, 2010 Election
  Penny Ranftle
Candidate for
Board Member; Poway Unified School District

The information on this page is provided by the
candidate.
The LWV neither supports nor opposes any political
party or candidate.                
Website
Biographical Highlights
Occupation: Incumbent
Sixteen Years Experience as Board Member
Vice-President, Poway Unified Board of Education
Occupation: Director, BizTown, Junior Achievement of
San Diego's 5th Grade Experiential Learning Program
President, San Diego County School Boards
Association
Delegate, California School Boards Association
Member, Poway Chamber of Commerce
Top Priorities if Elected
Maintain High Academic and Discipline Standards
While Working to Ensure Each Student Reaches Their
Potential
Ensure Budget Cuts Remain as Far Away from the
Classroom as Possible
Continue to Work to Eliminate the Achievement Gap
Key Endorsements
California State Assemblyman Nathan
Fletcher
Mayor Higginson and Council Members
Boyack, Kruse, Mullin and Cunningham
Poway Federation of Teachers


Prime Poway Woman No. 2:
Penny Ranftle
Leading one of the most praised school
districts in the country is just one of Ranftle's
many roles in the region.
March 2, 2011

Most people know Penny Ranftle as a board
member of the Poway Unified School District,
and this school year as board president.

But Ranftle, who has lived in Poway for 25
years, is much more.

Ranftle is also the president of the San Diego
County School Boards Association, a delegate
to the California School Boards Association and
a member of the Poway Chamber of
Commerce. While maintaining her involvement
in those groups, the Prime Poway Woman is
also the director of the JA Finance Park, a
project for eighth-grade students that teaches
them how to handle finances under the
nonprofit group Junior Achievement of San
Diego and Imperial Counties.

Ranftle, who has inspired many and says she is
inspired by former state Sen. Dede Alpert, said
she is most proud of her involvement in bond
campaigns that ultimately raised awareness for
the need to fund public schools and create
"equal facilities for all of our students."


PUSD President Says Brown's Budget Proposal
Isn't Good Enough
School Board President Penny Ranftle said
Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposal is lacking
after the district has been forced to cut $27
million for the current school year and more
than $50 million over the past several years.
By Shauntel Lowe
January 14, 2011

Poway school district officials say they won't have to
make cuts next year if Gov. Jerry Brown's budget plan
passes, but a number of issues—including an
unresolved employee contract—leave the future
uncertain.

"We are keeping the budget as we had for this year
with no additional cuts to '11-'12 ... but it depends on
what happens on the June ballot," said Malliga
Tholandi, associate superintendent of business
support services for the Poway Unified School District.

"All the low-hanging fruit has been cut already,"
Tholandi said.

Board President Penny Ranftle said the plan, even with
limited cuts to education isn't good enough.

"I'm tired of begging the state to give us the money
they're supposed to give us," she said.

Brown's plan, which was released Monday, calls for
relatively unchanged education funding in the 2011-12
fiscal year as long as four expiring taxes are extended
for five years by voters in a June special election.

"Now with my program—including the extension of the
taxes—schools will be held even at $49 billion," Brown
said Monday during the budget plan announcement.
"Since they've taken the bulk of the cuts, that makes
sense to me."

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom
Torlakson said education funding has been cut by $18
billion over the past three years.

Ranftle said the district has cut more than $50 million
within recent years.

"I'm not satisfied with what we're being told we're going
to receive," Ranftle said. "I understand that we have a
budget crisis. ... At the same time, we can only cut so
much. They need to think outside the box and come up
with creative ways to manage the finances they give us."

Ranftle said she wants the state to remove restrictions
from all three tiers of its categorical funding, which is
designated for certain programs as opposed to money
in the general fund that districts decide how to spend.

"Why not blow up the tiers?" Ranftle said. Currently,
districts have leeway in using Tier III funds which are
for lower-priority programs such as art. The top two
tiers include programs such as child nutrition and
transportation.

But whether Brown's tax extension request will be
granted is unclear as many Republican lawmakers
push back against further taxing Californians.

If none of the taxes—such as a quarter-percentage
point Personal Income Tax surcharge—are extended,
education funding will be cut by $2 billion...
Virtual Town Hall Questions for
Marc Davis, School Board
Candidate
Davis: "I will always be fair, always listen
respectfully, always try to find common
solutions and always do what I believe is
right."
By Hoa Quách Email the author
October 14,
2010

...As a local community, we have banded
together and taxed ourselves specifically for
the purpose of educating our children.
School board members are "Trustees" of
these tax dollars— meaning that they must
act in the best interest of someone else.  
Trustee are hired by the citizens that live in
the Poway Unified School District (PUSD)
boundaries to see that these tax dollars are
spent wisely. PUSD schools, buildings and
other assets are valued at more than $1
billion.  Additionally, our annual operating
budget is $227 million.  Because of this, it is
critically important that any school board
member have at least the two following traits:
#1, financial expertise (in managing money,
handling budgets, understanding taxation,
employee compensation, etc.);  #2, a history
of honesty and integrity. There are many
other important traits, but these two are
essential. I am a financial expert and have
managed millions of dollars for my clients for
almost 20 years. I've held many previous
positions of trust and have a record of
honesty and integrity.
November 2, 2010 Election
  Marc Davis
Candidate for
Board Member; Poway Unified School District

Biographical Highlights
Occupation: Businessman/Financial Advisor
Bachelor of Arts in Economics (BYU 1990)
Certified Financial Planner certificant (1993)
Owner - Davis & Seiley Wealth Management (1994)
Vice President - San Diego County Metropolitan
Advisory Board - Salvation Army
Stake President/Church Leader - The Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (1995-04)
Married 22 years (Karen). Father of 7 children (1 boy,
6 girls - ages 5-20)

Top Priorities if Elected
Resolve the long term school funding problems and
restore pay cuts taken by PUSD employees.
Continue focus on college readiness by reducing
class size, emphasizing core literacy and increasing
funding for the arts
Help PUSD open new ways of teaching and learning
while continuing our focus of "Character Counts"
citizenship development.

Key Endorsements
Poway Mayor - Don Higginson, Poway
Councilmembers Boyack, Mullin & Kruse
San Diego City Council Member - Carl
DeMaio,
PUSD Trustee Jeff Mangum
Poway Federation of Teachers and the
San Diego Republican Party
November 2, 2010 Election
  Todd Gutschow
Candidate for
Board Member; Poway Unified School District



The information on this page is provided by
the candidate.
The LWV neither supports nor opposes any
political party or candidate.                
Website
Biographical Highlights
Occupation: Incumbent
President, Poway Unified School Board
Board President, AVID Center
Board Member, Classroom of the Future
Foundation
Boardmember & Former Chairperson, Boys &
Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego
Founder, HNC Software Inc. (grew company
from 2 employees to 1400 employees)
BA in Physics from Harvard University

Top Priorities if Elected
Ensure students are prepared for college and
career success in the 21st century
Manage district finances to encourage new
revenue sources and keep cuts away from
students
Increase use of technology in our classrooms
to engage students and improve learning

Key Endorsements
Nathan Fletcher, Assemblyman, California
75th Assembly District
Poway Federation of Teachers
Don Higginson, Mayor, City of Poway
2 incumbents, 1 challenger vie for 2
school board seats
Michelle Breier
UTSD
Oct. 27, 2012

Kimberley Beatty

Beatty, 45, a stay-at-home mother, has lived in
Sabre Springs for 11 years. She is the legislation
chair for the Palomar Council PTA, which serves
36 Poway PTAs. Beatty’s work on the PTA has
enabled her to interact with district administrators
and board members, she said. Three of Beatty’s
children attend Poway schools, and her oldest
child graduated in May from Mt. Carmel High.

Beatty previously ran for the Poway school board
in 2010 and is making a run again in an effort “to
give back.”...

Beatty said she has researched budget and policy
issues at the state and local levels through her
work on the council PTA.
Her training as a
lawyer
helps her analyze and understand
complex issues faced by the board, she said...
November 2, 2010 Election
  Kimberley Beatty

Occupation: PTA Board Member
Former DEA Special Agent
J.D., University of Maryland Law School
B.A., University of Virginia
Legislation Chair, Multiple PTA Boards
Former Member, Sabre Springs Planning Board
2010 Boston Marathon Finisher

Top Priorities if Elected
Support student-centered quality education.
Fight for adequate funding for our schools.
Expand innovative college prep programs.
Key Endorsements
Senator Dede Alpert (ret.)
Poway Federation of Teachers
Lisa Danzer, Principal, Pomerado Elementary
2014 Jury trial scheduled
05/30/14 09:00AM C-61    
Judge Meyer, John S.                 
Civil Jury Trial
37-2012-00084470-CU-PO-CTL     
D)Poway Unified School Dist
Shinoff William B
Poway 2012
CAB bonds
scandal
Poway Unified School District elections (2014)

Three seats on the Poway Unified School District Board of Education were up for
general election on November 4, 2014. Two at-large
incumbents, Marc Davis
and Todd Gutschow,
ran for re-election.

[Maura Larkins' note:
Both Davis and Gutschow voted in the 2011 CAP bond
scam, as did Penny Rantfle, who decided not to run.]

Davis and Gutschow faced challengers Charles Sellers, John P. Riley,
Katie Newbanks, Michelle O'Connor-Ratcliff, T.J. Zane and Jeannie
Foulkrod.[2]

Neither incumbent was re-elected as
O'Connor-Ratcliff, Sellers and
Zane won the general election.

The UT-San Diego reports: "The Poway Federation of Teachers
has endorsed Gutschow, Davis and T.J. Zane,
an executive with
the nonprofit San Diego County Prosperity Institute and owner of PAC (Political
Association and Corporate) Management and Consulting Inc.
Poway School board fires superintendent
By Deborah Sullivan Brennan
SDUT
July 10, 2016

The Poway school board on Sunday
night voted unanimously to dismiss
Superintendent John Collins, and
to sue for money they say he owes
the district.

Collins’ dismissal with cause took
effect immediately Sunday.

School board president Michelle 0’Connor-Ratcliff wouldn’t say what costs the district
hopes to recover, but said an audit of Collins’ performance would be released
Monday, and would spell out those details...

(Collins’ attorney, Lynne Lasry)

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2016/jul/10/education-poway-
superintendent-john-
collins/#comments-module
News, information and ideas about our
education system
by Maura Larkins
Belated fallout from Poway scandals?
Superintendent John Collins and the Poway Unified Board got
along very well with Poway Federations of Teachers and its
president
Candace Smiley, even when the district notoriously
took on $1 billion dollars of debt in CAB bonds
.

Why Poway Unified Fired Its Superintendent
VOSD
July 11, 2016

The Poway Unified School District board believes former
Superintendent John Collins, who was fired Sunday, took
hundreds of thousands of dollars in unauthorized pay,
according to dismissal charges obtained by Voice of San
Diego and an audit report released by the district Monday.

According to the documents, Collins was also censured for
filing litigation without the school board’s approval, and for
interfering with the district’s investigation into his financial
dealings.

The board could ask a court to force Collins to pay back as
much as $345,000 – the amount forensic auditors flagged as
unauthorized pay...
See more
Ex-Superintendent John Collins
Darlene Willis benefits from insider
status in the education establishment
Transparency in the superintendent's office?
Not so much.

John Collins' Relevant Text Messages
2016 Forensic Audit
[from] Tina McDowell
4/22/2016 4:18:20 PM

I am feeling uncomfortable about the Board being here
on Sunday. Unless you are planning to be here over the
weekend,
I am loading up files (from the stacks on your desk)
and taking them home with me

[to] Tina McDowell
4/22/2016 5:06:51 PM
I will not be there. Thanks for doing that.

Tina McDowell
4/25/2016 10:15:29 AM
I have files from your desktop last week in my car.
Shall I bring them to your house after work?

Tina McDowell
4/25/2016 10:18:02 AM
Yes please and the drive.

[Maura Larkins' note: With such sneakiness going on, you might think
Lisa Collins would cede the moral high ground. But she didn't. Here's
what she has to say:]

Lisa (wife)
4/21/2016 8:10:59 PM
I think it is morally and ethically wrong the way they are
operating- not very transparent
Ex-Superintendent John Collins