Whoever engineered the "stealth" changes to the lease of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District's Malaga Cove Intermediate School, with its spectacular location on the ocean bluffs, should be fired.
When the school board negotiated the terms of the lease in public session, they agreed to a five-year term--but gave the lessees first right of refusal for the next 10 years. Representatives of the prospective lessees (two private schools) were in attendance and did not object.
Supt. (Michael) Caston reassured the board that these private schools would not siphon off students from the district, because if they did, the board would not renew their leases in five years.
But, when the final draft was drawn up, the district's attorney changed the term from five years to 15 years, without the superintendent's knowledge (or so he claims). This change could cost the district hundreds of thousands of dollars, yet a majority of the board approved the lease without any knowledge that the terms had been changed.