DAY vs. NIGHT
Posted: March 6, 2023
Newberry Springs Community Alliance
by Ted Stimpfel
There has been a slowing in the posting
on this website. That is due to my volunteer time having
been diverted to more productive communities.
My recent computer work has been assisting parents
of adult Transition Students in a school district in Los Angeles
county. This involves parents of approximately 100 moderate
to severely handicapped children in an economically disadvantaged
The majority of the school board of trustees
involved in this 15,000-student high school district are very
much like most of the Newberry CSD's board... incompetent and lacking
a proper understanding of their role. Especially, when it
comes to the special needs of vulnerable Transition Students.
Yeah, there are other board members outside of
Newberry equally as bad. The exciting difference with this
school district's parents, and what makes volunteering with them
so rewarding, is that many of the Transition Student parents are
activists. They won't allow incompetent people to interfere
with the education of their special needs children.
Their cause is one that is dear to my heart so on
their request, I was onboard. I spoke before their school board
and then two weeks ago I filed a sworn Complaint in Sacramento before a
state commission. The Complaint addresses illegal actions that I
was able to uncover regarding three members of the board.
My legal research and Complaint should eventually
prevent Pasadena City College from renewing a lease on a satellite
campus that was supposed to revert back for use by the Transition
Students and the district's adult education. The campus in
the past handled 7,000 annual adult education students for the
The background history is convoluted so I
will not attempt to cover it here.
After attending the February 28, 2023, monthly
Newberry CSD board meeting, I attended the district's school board
meeting the following night and spoke again. To my surprise,
some parents were so appreciative of my assistance that they
had a thank you card in front of the dais.
There is a great deal of satisfaction and
enjoyment in working with motivated people who are energized
and working together. Upset with their school board's
incompetence, they have filed recall papers on the first of
potentially three board members. They are smart enough
to recognize and address incompetence.