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LAUSD Misses Records Request Deadline on Miramonte



    Miramonte Elementary School, in the unincorporated Florence-Firestone area, was the site of a sexual abuse scandal.

    After numerous attempts to seek comment, NBC4 has not heard a word from members of the school board about allegations of mismanagement in the general counsel's office of the Los Angeles Unified School District concerning sex abuse lawsuits.

    Board members on Tuesday were discussing pending litigation during a closed door session, but no one would confirm that the discussions included the Miramonte sex abuse cases which are scheduled to go to trial in April.

    NBC4 put out a public records request with the district 10 days ago.

    LAUSD General Counsel Exclusive Interview

    [LA] LAUSD General Counsel Exclusive Interview
    We've been trying to get answers for you about allegations against the LA Unified School District that it mismanaged the Miramonte child abuse cases. In an exclusive interview with John Cádiz Klemack, David Holmquist, the General Counsel for the LAUSD, says his office doesn't need the school board's approval to make hiring decisions involving lawyers for the Miramonte sex abuse scandal.
    (Published Monday, Feb. 10, 2014)

    UPDATE: LAUSD missed the deadline to respond to NBC4's public records request, but did so Wednesday morning at 9:31 a.m. In an email response, the district said more time would be required to compile data and that the response will be received no later than close of business on Feb. 28.

    The district acknowledged the request but has not responded to it. By law district officials have 10 days to respond and that deadline expired at 5 p.m., meaning the district is in violation of California law.

    The allegations stem from a lawsuit filed against the district by its former chief risk officer, Greg Breed.

    Holmquist Responds to LAUSD Miramonte Case Cronyism Charge

    [LA] Holmquist Responds to LAUSD Miramonte Case Cronyism Charge
    Previous information from an LAUSD whistle blower alleging cronyism in the district leads to more questions of scandal. For the first time, NBC4 gets answers to questions of LAUSD management and their handling of the Miramonte school sex scandal. John Cádiz Klemack reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014.
    (Published Monday, Feb. 10, 2014)

    Breed claims the district was too quick to settle some of the Miramonte cases, claiming taxpayers overpaid millions of dollars.

    Breed has now been called as a witness to testify under oath about the district's insurance problems.

    Mismanagement Alleged at LAUSD in Miramonte Sex Abuse Cases

    [LA] Mismanagement Alleged at LAUSD in Miramonte Sex Abuse Cases
    NBC4 continues to ask tough questions and get important answers about alleged mismanagement at LAUSD. While new information found that some of the settlements reached in the Miramonte sex abuse case may be flawed, other questions of mismanagement still need answers. John Cádiz Klemack reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014.
    (Published Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014)

    Before he left his post, the district lost its coverage: Breed blames it on inexperienced lawyers hired by the district, the general counsel's office puts the blame solely on Breed.

    The accusations stem from the investigation involving former Miramonte Elementary School teacher Mark Berndt, charged with 23 counts of lewd acts on 23 children age 7 to 10. He pleaded no-contest to the charges in November 2013.

    Charges were dropped in another Miramonte case, involving teacher Martin Springer.

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