"What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say!" Ralph Waldo Emerson


The state of affairs at HUSD are such, much to the actions of President Bentley that I feel compelled after 6 years his antics that "basta ya," enough is enough. In sequent weeks and months I will bring forth detailed facts documenting the outrageous destructive behavior of Chris Bentley.


In as much as possible I will focus on documented facts and the outraged testimony of those who he has intimidated, bullied and personally attacked. I have been verbally attacked in a profane and vile manner and have personally witnessed at least 25 others receive the same treatment. What does Mr. Bentley think of his behavior? He is in complete and total denial. In his recent email to principals he says: "I personally stand by all of my actions. I stand by my words. Since I have been on the board, I have never spoken an ill word to anyone at a school site."


What about your recent confrontational visit to Canyon Ridge High School...? Why did six administrators recently present the following letter to the HUSD School Board? Why do you, Mr. Swanson, Mrs. Childs block an open investigation into workplace and school site bullying? If indeed you Chris Bentley "stand by your words and actions" and have nothing to hide, why are you in total denial? There have even been allegations that bullying may have been a factor in the death of an HUSD student last month.


Mr. Swanson wants to keep everything quiet because it "makes HUSD look bad," but if the problem exists to the degree that many employees indicate, I myself call for a frank and honest investigation!


 


February 14, 2011


Dear Board of Trustees:


 


This letter is given to provide the Board of Trustees with additional information for consideration related to the recent reporting of concerns of abusive conduct by a Board Trustee. The Misconduct was reported to the Board the evening of Thursday, January 13, 2011, and an urgent request was made, on behalf of several employees personally known to Dr. Matt Spencer, the Assistant Superintendent of Personnel Services to initiate an investigation into the alleged misconduct.


In the past several weeks, we have become aware of more than twenty employees in our respective sites and departments who desire to give statements regarding the personal effects of the offensive, unprofessional, and abusive conduct experienced from Chris Bentley as well as the thousands of dollars wasted as a result of Mr. Bentley's mandates to devote hours and hours of their work time to attend to his personal projects and additional expenditure of District funds related to these projects. These employees request that the Board take action to initiate such an investigation and give them the opportunity to officially and thoroughly report their concerns. These employees further request that the Board consider the inclusion of the following components in the structure of the investigation.


 


1. That the investigation be conducted by a third party with expertise in the investigation of abusive and harassing workplace misconduct


2. That every employee of the Hesperia Unified School District be notified of the conducting of the investigation to give opportunity for others not known at this time to report their concerns


3. The investigation be conducted in a discrete manner


4. For purposes of the investigative report, the statements of the witnesses would remain confidential, and


5. That these employees be given assurances that there will not be any retaliatory action taken against them for participating in the investigation and stating their concerns.


On behalf of these employees, we urge the Board to conduct the investigation, thus giving an opportunity to officially report the offensive, unprofessional and abusive conduct they have been subjected to; conduct that has no place in an educational working environment.


 


Respectfully,


 


Dr. Matt Spencer, Assistant Superintendent of Personnel Services


David McLaughlin, Assistant Superintendent of Financial Services


Laura Carevic, Director of Fiscal Services


Michael Graham, Chief of Hesperia School District Police Department


Larry Bird, Principal of Sultana High School


Ruth Ter Keurst, Information Systems Analyst


 


Board member Hardy Black requested a 30-minute special presentation concerning Work Place/ School Site Bullying to be given during the March 28, 2011 open session HUSD special board meeting. Open session begins at 6:00 PM.