Mr. Werlin himself was
chosen by Superintendent
Libia Gil to investigate Mrs.
Larkins’ claims of his own
dishonesty and violations of
The District failed to
supervise the supervisor.
"Mrs. Larkins...was never given a chance to hear and respond to
allegations..." yet the district expected her to come back to
work and "forget the past." The fact that Larkins was asked
back after each set of allegations indicates the district didn’t
believe the allegations.
Mr. Werlin never put his March 27 story on the record until after Mrs.
Larkins filed suit. Mr. Werlin failed to keep his promises to Mrs. Larkins’
attorney that there would be an investigation. On page 761 of the Court
Reporter’s transcript Mr. Werlin states: “And we agreed that we would
continue at future meetings to attempt to get other teachers to come in and
to have dialogue so that there was no misunderstanding of what Ms. Larkins
was being accused of.” On page 768, Mr. Werlin: “I’m not sure about the
specific time lines, but I did make a commitment to her that I would attempt
to get the teachers to both meet with Ms. Larkins, and also, if necessary, to
try to get some written statements from them.”
Mr. Werlin agreed that Petitioner would respond after she had heard all the
The only allegations she heard were Al Smith’s
bizarre ravings (Exhibit R-24)
The District did not take all steps necessary to return Mrs. Larkins to work.
Mr. Werlin never completed investigation as he had agreed.
The fact that district
Maura Larkins back
after each set of
they did not believe the
Petition for Writ of
AT THE REQUEST OF PETITIONER’S ATTORNEY, ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT
WERLIN AGREED TO INVESTIGATE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST PETITIONER.
One of the most significant problems in this case is that the district never heard
Mrs. Larkins' story—she was never given a chance to hear and respond to
allegations—although the fact that she was asked back after each set of
allegations indicates they didn’t believe the allegations themselves.
The district encouraged teachers to come up with allegations by frightening them,
and making sure they knew they wouldn’t have to face the person accused.
Libia Gil, superintendent of CVESD, appointed Richard Werlin to
investigate himself. Attorneys Mark Bresee and Daniel Shinoff were in
charge of the case. Why did Jim Groth and the teachers union not
object? They were covering up crimes by teachers.
Why was no action taken against teachers who made up stories? Because the
main goal of administrators seems to be to maintain appearances, not educate
children or to obey the law and the contract, and administrators thought it would
keep things calm and peaceful to do what the rogue teachers wanted.
It wasn't until August 2004 that the district realized that these out-of-control
teachers (led by Peg Myers) were never going to be satisfied with anything less
than total, arbitrary power at Castle Park Elementary. That's when Lowell
Billings transferred five teachers out of the school. Even though the conflict
between the district and the rogue teachers "The Castle Park Five" was
plastered all over the local news, no newspaper revealed that attorney Dan
Shinoff had been personally overseeing the coverup of crimes at the school
The district encouraged teachers to come up with allegations by frightening
them, and making sure they knew they wouldn’t have to face the person
|What kind of administrators does Dan Shinoff defend?
|San Diego Education Report