Some Poway Unified School District non-teaching employees have racked up several years’ worth of vacation time beyond what they’re allowed. The district’s internal controls over vacation time were found lacking in two different audits over the last year, and former Superintendent John Collins was fired, in part, for allegedly cashing out vacation time he wasn’t entitled to.

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.