In the wake of John Collins’ departure, Poway Unified has taken some proactive steps to head off future financial problems. But a newly released audit shows internal controls are still lacking and district funds remain vulnerable to fraud and abuse.
With high-achieving students and a compensation package that made him the second highest-paid public school superintendent in the state, former Poway Unified superintendent John Collins had a firm spot among the upper echelon of California educators. Now he’s facing multiple felony charges. Though Collins’ fall from grace may seem abrupt, it was more of a slow burn.
John Collins is facing five felony charges for allegedly misusing public money while superintendent of the Poway Unified School District, according to a complaint filed by the San Diego County district attorney’s office. If convicted on all charges, Collins could spend up to seven years in prison.
The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing revoked ex-Poway superintendent John Collins’ teaching and administrator credentials effective July 23 due to “misconduct.”
John Collins’ past compensation as superintendent of Poway Unified is being investigated by the San Diego County district attorney’s office, according to court documents.
A member of Poway Unified’s school board writes that while it’s good the board came together to unanimously force out Superintendent John Collins, other accountability measures are long overdue.
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.
Edward Velasquez, the man San Ysidro School District turned to in its time of need last year, will become interim superintendent of the 36,000-student K-12 Poway district, replacing John Collins.
The district posted an advertisement seeking interim superintendent candidates on Wednesday after board members met in private to discuss Superintendent John Collins. Collins has been on paid leave since April 25.
The Poway Unified school board’s move follows a string of departures by high-level administrators.