County Says Sweetwater Union Failed to Disclose Deal With Employees

The San Diego County Office of Education has sent a warning to the Sweetwater Union High School District over its failure to notify the county of a recent agreement with employees.

NBC San Diego reports that the district made a deal with staff in order to get them back into classrooms sooner. Per the deal, staff would receive a one-time pay increase of 2-7%. The district would use the incentive funds provided by the state.

SDCOE was displeased to learn the agreement had been made without its knowledge.

“It’s a huge deal for Sweetwater,” Michael Fine, Executive Director of the Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team, told NBC.

“That's a process that has been in place for years and years and years. There’s really no excuse for any school district not to follow the process.”

Sweetwater has been at the center of controversy before. The district was implicated in a bribery scandal from 2008 until 2011. And in June of last year, a financial audit uncovered evidence of mismanagement and fraud