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.
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.
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.
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.
Poway Unified is in desperate need for an infusion of common sense, good judgment and solid leadership.