San Dieguito teachers’ union launches recall of trustee Michael Allman
ENCINITAS – Another recall effort is underway in North County.
After the San Dieguito Union High School District marathon meeting on Thursday night, administrator Michael Allman of Zone 4 received a Notice of Intent, the first step in a seat recall process.
If the recall is successful, it would mark the second special election to the school board this year launched by the San Dieguito Faculty Association (SDFA), a local teachers’ union.
At the end of April, the Association of Teachers of San Dieguito launched a recall campaign against the trustee Ty Humes just a week after his provisional appointment. Humes now faces a special election for his seat in Zone 5.
In addition to Humes, Allman joins such figures as Carlsbad Councilor Cori Schumacher, Oceanside Councilor Kori Jensen and Vista Unified School District Councilor Martha Alvarado as elected officials. who now face recall efforts in North County.
Allman was elected to his seat in the last election in November and his current term does not end until 2024.
Duncan Brown, president of the San Dieguito Teachers Association, told The Coast News that Allman has created “havoc” in the district since taking office.
“Really since Michael Allman took office in December,” Brown said.
Much of the criticism surrounding Allman centers on a Facebook group started by Allman as part of his election campaign. Although he is no longer a group administrator, his wife, Lee Ann, remains.
The private group, SDUHSD Families for School Reopening, has nearly 2,000 members and has been the subject of controversy after the publication of several articles denigrating teachers and those opposed to a full return to teaching on campus during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a statement announcing its intention to lead Allman’s recall effort, the SDFA also brought several charges against the trustee.
“Mr. Allman has repeatedly violated numerous codes of conduct included in the San Dieguito Union High School school district’s main contract, board bylaws and school board policies, ignoring the obligations he swore to respect, ”SDFA said in the statement.
Allman told The Coast News he has no plans to step down until his term ends.
“I fully intend to serve my full term, including defending the recall,” Allman said. “I have no intention of keeping my mouth shut while people denigrate my character and try to call me back.”
Speaking about some of the criticisms blamed on him, Allman said he has tried to focus his own criticism on the teachers’ union as a whole rather than on individuals.
“I know some people in the union, in particular, will say that teachers are the teachers’ union, but I can give you many examples that show that the leadership of the union reflects not only all teachers, but even the majority. teachers on some issues, ”Allman told The Coast News.
Allman admits to having called at least one or two specific teachers by name in the past, however, he maintains that the behavior of the individuals in question warranted open criticism.
In an email to his core teachers, Brown expressed optimism about the success of this effort.
“Our community is behind us and will stand by our side in this fight,” Brown wrote.
Allman will have seven days to respond to the notice of intent, after which the SDFA will have ten days to file the necessary documents with the county to move the recall forward. Thereafter, there will be 120 days for the SDFA and its supporters to collect just over 5,000 signatures that will be needed to force a recall election.