By Barbara Zaragoza
On Thursday, December 11th Councilman David Alvarez swore in Rudolfo Linares, Marcos Diaz and Luciana Corrales as new San Ysidro School Board members. The five-member board then announced that during their closed session they unanimously voted to pursue legal action against former Superintendent Manuel Paul for the return of more than $200,000 he received in severance pay.
The San Ysidro School Board has been in turmoil ever since solar power company EcoBusiness Alliance sued the district for breach of contract and won $12 million. A series of South Bay resignations followed, including two San Ysidro board members and former Superintendent Manuel Paul who was indicted in a “pay-to-play” corruption probe. When the school district tried to impose a significant teacher pay cut in October to address the budget shortfall, a strike ensued.
At the meeting, board members tried to move forward, electing Antonio Martinez as the new President and Marcos Diaz as Vice-President. Teachers then voiced concerns from the floor.