Parent Ernest Cu writes the Board.

From: "Cu, Ernest"
To: "ISM Board" []
Date: 05 Sep 2006, 02:48:28 PM
Subject: Board Incompetence

Dear Gigi,

I believe that the community continues to be appalled at the level of incompetence you and your board continue to demonstrate in handling these sensitive matters. I would like to enumerate some examples of actions that seem to defy logical decision making.

1. Manner in which the superintendent was terminated – You terminated Mr. Toze and treated him in a manner deserving of someone who was terminated for cause or wrongdoing while you clearly state that it was a performance issue. For you information, termination for cause typically means the following:

  1.1 conviction of, or a plea of “guilty” or “no contest” to, a felony under the laws of the Republic of the Philippines or the United States or any state thereof;
  1.2 breach of fiduciary duty;
  1.3 willful misconduct or gross negligence in the performance of the duties assigned to the Executive his contract;
  1.4 Repeated failure to perform the reasonable stated duties assigned to the Executive under his contract;
  1.5 Alcohol or illegal drug dependence or abuse;

I do not believe Mr. Toze has been found guilty of any of the above. Your obvious inexperience in handling as very senior executive has now exposed the school and the corporation to a possible wrongful dismissal suit, one that will likely cost the parents of the school to defend or settle in due course.

2. Stating that Mr. Dare has accepted expanding his role - You stated in your letter to the community yesterday that Mr. Dare has ‘agreed’ to agreed to assume the responsibilities of the superintendent. It is now once again obvious that you did not seek Mr. Dare’s agreement prior to releasing the letter to the parents. This is another serious lapse in management and a gross misrepresentation of what is going on between the board and the administration.

Gigi, I think it is time for this board to realize that it is in way over its head and is unable to manage the situation. Admitting this fact now in the face of all this evidence is the right thing to do. More and more members of this community are realizing the extent of your group’s incompetence through your misguided handling of these delicate matters. You and your group are rapidly losing the support of a majority of the community. You have also now endangered our school’s ability to be re-accredited by the WASC thus threatening our children’s college acceptance to top schools in the U.S. I think it is high time to seriously consider stepping down and work towards an orderly transition to a new set of trustees.


Ernest L Cu
ISM Parent