The Paso Robles school board meets tonight at the district office on Niblick road. The board meeting begins at 5 with closed session. After they reconvene, the regular public meeting begins. That should be around six.
On tonight’s agenda, the delayed evaluation of the superintendent’s job performance. That’s after five of seven district directors leave the school district at the end of the last academic year. Teachers are leaving and so are students. Declining enrollment is becoming a financial issue facing the district.
Recently, KPRL talked with former food services director Joey Vaughn, who had a bachelor’s degree in accounting. A master’s degree in education, and his experience was stellar. He turned around several food service programs including one in Cleveland and more recently, the LA Unified School District.
He was not impressed by superintendent Curt Dubost, Vaughn says he worked every day despite the threat of covid. Ultimately, he got covid himself. He says he went to the district office, however, and the doors were locked.
Vaughn found in a locked drawer in his office in the Culinary Arts Academy more than sixteen thousand dollars of spent lottery tickets.
Someone had scratched off the numbers, and stored the used lottery tickets in the office. That office was previously occupied by Chris Williams hire, Greg Wangard. Wangard was charged with several misdemeanors for his improprieties managing the food service department. The department lost millions, including a $600 thousand dollar budget reserve which disappeared during his tenure.
Vaughn says when he talked with chief business officer Brad Pawlowski about the 16 thousand dollars worth of spent lottery tickets, Pawlowski says those were planted there. The question is by whom, and why?
Tonight, the board of trustees may discuss the superintendent’s job performance. The evaluation has been delayed by school board president Chris Arend, who is a staunch supporter of superintendent Curt Dubost.