Tipster: At the meeting of the Board of Directors of Palisades Charter High School on June 5, 2010, the outgoing Executive Director Ms. Dresser-Held presented a new salary schedule for school administrators. Now their salaries will grow by $ 5,000 each year plus the same annual Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) raise that the faculty might subsequently get. Thus, in five years, an administrative salary from the starting amount of $ 99,000 goes to an impressive 129,000, after which regular career increments and COLA will continue to apply. Isn't it a betrayal of the charter goals in the school that proclaimed that it would change the LAUSD paradigms, focus on the needs of classrooms and teachers, set new priorities, and do things differently?
As a parent whose children went and go to Palisades Charter High School, I have been trying to understand what caused the turmoil that the school has been going through during the last several months. I have visited almost all the board meetings since the beginning of the school year. Even though I do not belong in the loud group of parents who attend board meetings to show how bad their manners are, I sometimes have to control myself in order not to shout out: why you all can't see what is happening right in front of you?!
A few people in the know at PALI Charter dropped us a note a little while ago... something about a "swimming pool to nowhere", piss-poor spending choices and a well-connected daughter-in-law that somehow became CEO of the whole thing.
Remember when we got that tip about the somewhat murky goings-on at Pali Charter? Well someone named "Amy" responded. Hmm, for starters, "Amy's" comment was so robotic, so LAUSDesque, so non-sequitur and completely void of any substantive information that we almost have to entertain the idea that it really was none other than Amy Held, Executive Director of Pali Charter. And if it wasn't her? Let's just pretend anyway....