FINAL REPORT
CASE #0200 Manteca Unified School District

REASON FOR INVESTIGATION

A citizen's complaint was received requesting the 2000-2001 San Joaquin County Civil Grand Jury investigate the 1999/2000 Manteca Unified School District Board for possible violation of the Brown Act.

BACKGROUND

  1. A citizen's complaint alleged board members were "micro managing the district behind closed doors".

  2. The complainant alleged the board president contacted four of the seven board members by phone regarding a special meeting to be held on November 9, 1999.

  3. The complainant alleged that the posting of the November 9, 1999 meeting was improper.

  4. The complainant further alleged that a closed meeting took place at the home of a board member June 2, 2000.

METHOD OF INVESTIGATION

Extensive interviews were conducted with the former Assistant Superintendent, current Superintendent, Attorney representing Manteca Unified School District and all seven board members.

FINDINGS AND CONCLUSIONS

After receiving and reviewing all evidence, the San Joaquin County Civil Grand Jury concluded the following:

  1. There was no evidence of the board members going beyond the scope of their responsibility.

  2. Board members did contact one another regarding the posting of a special meeting for November 9, 1999. This meeting was properly posted. There was no evidence that an improper meeting took place.

  3. The SJCCGJ concluded the board had given the appearance of a Brown Act violation and used poor judgment when scheduling the November 9 meeting.

  4. The June 2, 2000 meeting originally took place at a public facility and was moved to a board members home for closed session due to time limitations. The SJCCGJ concluded the board members did not provide sufficient effort in locating an appropriate public meeting place for this meeting.

  5. There was no evidence of a Brown Act violation for either the November 9, 1999 or the June 2, 2000 meetings.

RECOMMENDATION

None

RESPONSE

None