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At Thursday’s Ontario-Montclair School District board meeting, we heard an oral report from the investigator hired to look into several allegations of misconduct against board member Paul Vincent Avila. The meeting was surprisingly low-key.

The report itself, in enormous binders, was distributed afterward to board members, the press and other interested parties. It’s dynamite.

One exhibit is an e-mail Avila wrote to the superintendent at 12:13 a.m., hours after the middle school awards ceremony, requesting a meeting to discuss the omission of his name from the event program.

Here’s one paragraph:

“In some circles it may be interpreted as disrespectful slight, You might asked, is this important? Yes, You bet is greatly important to me (self esteem) and community from which boardmember was elected. But if you must asked, then we really must seat down and have a passionate and sensitivity discussion.”

A bit later, he wrote:

“I find it difficult – really difficult when this degrading/slight/disrespectful behaviors impacts my beloved wife whom witnessed some likes of this! Its painful for anyone but especially love one. But I remain undeterred and strong!! Its probably the most demanding restraints called on me to turn the other cheeck which I refuse to do! What left is my words of defiance, resolve, and search for reasonable resolution. Some how an simple apology doesn’t do it!”

Yours truly made it into the report as well. Let me quote from page 93:

“On the audiotape of the August 21, 2008 Board meeting, the Investigator heard Mr. Avila refer to David Allen of the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin as ‘Mr. Simpson,’ presumably a reference to the cartoon character ‘Homer Simpson’ of the ‘The Simpsons’ television show.”

I’m so proud.

Read about the report in Sunday’s column.

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  • Dee

    This guy’s on the school board? His e-mail looks like the ones I get from my sister-in-law (God bless her) who can’t help it because she dropped out of school in the ninth grade. School board! No wonder some of our schools are so dismal.

  • DAve

    Way to go having a functional illiterate on the school board.

    How can i get an inter-district transfer? I want MY kids to go to a school district led by that kind of educational leadership.

  • Warren

    You think this guy is bad, check out the website for the Atlanta Journal Constitution (ajc.com) in Atlanta and read about the Clayton County school board and district — the first district in 40(?) years to lose national accreditation.

  • calwatch

    David, you have more hair than Homer Simpson, so that’s a plus.