Hesperia Unified Superintendent Mark McKinney has covered up illegal activity, according to the chief of the district school police.


Chief Mike Graham made the accusation at Monday night's school board meeting at Sultana High School.


"Employees have been told that the school police" don't need to be informed of illegal activity, Graham said during the public comments portion of the meeting. "I am now convinced that your district is keeping your police department in the dark so that dirty laundry does not leak to the public."


More specifically, McKinney prevented the school police from investigating alleged mismanagement of ASB finances at Sultana High School in Oct. 2009, according to school police officer and Hesperia City Council member Bill Holland.


"There have been several other incidents treated the same way," including sexual misconduct and assault, Holland told those in attendance.


The accusation comes as the school police department is being eyed for possible cuts, along with a long list of other programs and departments.


"Draconian cuts have been demanded of the department by McKinney," Holland said. "Are these about saving money or something more sinister?"


Hesperia city planning commissioner Bill Jensen, who managed Holland's city council campaign last year, told the board they should look into replacing McKinney.


"This board should call for a vote of no confidence," he said.


Graham has contacted San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos and the DA's Public Integrity Unit, he said.


"I welcome such an investigation. I have absolutely nothing to hide," McKinney said Tuesday. "My priority is, and has always been, the welfare of the students and the staff of the district."


He has launched an investigation into the allegations, but McKinney said that the Sultana ASB financial problems were dealt with correctly.


"We ran the investigation and we handled everything appropriately," he said. "That matter was closed."


McKinney wouldn't speculate on Graham's motives for making the accusation Monday night.


"I was surprised and shocked," he said. "Bring the investigation on. I have nothing to hide."


Graham could not be reached for further comment on Tuesday.


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