Ed Brand suddenly resigned from San Marcos Unified School District on August 30, 2006. This is almost as surprising as the fact that they hired him in the first place. What were they thinking? He was connected to well-publicized wrongdoing during his tenure as superintendent of Sweetwater Union High School District, and well-hidden wrongdoing as part of a committee that advised SDCOE's lawyers.
Speaking of SDCOE, Ed Brand's friend Tom Hassey claims that SDCOE "board members" approached Ed Brand and asked him to apply for the SDCOE superintendent's job. My guess is that it was ONE board member who approached Mr. Brand--Bob Watkins.
But I could be wrong. The rest of the board keeps disappointing me. I think they know Ed Brand far too well to want to expand his power at SDCOE. Nothing says "good old boys' club" like "Ed Brand." The SDCOE board seems to want to rein in the wild boys only slightly.
It seems to me that the SDCOE board is continuing the illegal and ineffective policies practiced during the heyday of good old boys Ed Brand, Rudy Castruita and their cronies. Now Randy Ward is rapidly becoming a crony.