School board president accused of abuse of power
SAN DIEGO — San Diego Unified School District trustees will decide next week whether to conduct an independent investigation of board President Marne Foster, who is accused of abuse of power.
The Board of Education also authorized Superintendent Cindy Marten to release information regarding Foster’s alleged involvement in a shakeup of leadership at the School for Creative and Performing Arts, which her son attended, according to a statement read by board member John Lee Evans following a closed-session meeting last night, and released to the media today.
The information was expected to be released sometime in the next few days.
Foster is accused of involvement in the removal of the SCPA principal, being secretly behind a $250,000 claim against the district filed by her son’s father that claimed the school sabotaged the youngster’s college plans, and holding a fundraiser to help pay his college expenses. The claim was rejected by the district.
Evans, her predecessor as board president, said he will ask for an investigation of the claim and the fundraiser at the board’s next public meeting, scheduled for Tuesday evening.
“With the release of this information and an investigation we can make sure that the public has access to all of the facts,” Evans said.
He said while personnel issues are discussed in closed session, the board has to authorize investigations at a meeting open to the public.