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Concerns Arise About Vice Principal's Background

The school board recently learned that newly hired El Camino High School Vice Principal Kim George was previously charged with felony domestic violence.

Kim George, a vice principal at who was hired over the summer, was charged with a felony count of domestic violence last year, the Daily Journal reported today.

George, who at the time used her married name, Lemos, eventually pleaded to a misdeanor charge of disturbing the peace in January, the Daily Journal reported. But when she was arrested in August 2010, her husband claimed Lemos had hit him. He later backed away from that statement and refused to testify against her, according to Santa Clara Deputy District Attorney Stephen Lowney, the Daily Journal said.

At the time, Lemos worked for the Morgan Hill Unified School District, according to the Daily Journal.

Her husband also had a cut on his chest and there was a knife in the house, but police couldn't determine how he got the cut, the Daily Journal reported.

The school board only learned of the felony domestic violence charge on Thursday, Trustee Philip Weise told Patch.

"It would have been nice to know, yes," Weise said.

Weise said that the standard background check the district runs on job candidates would have revealed her conviction for disturbing the peace, but it wouldn't have revealed the original felony charges against her. Morgan Hill Unified School District didn't share that information with SSFUSD.

"We were in a place where we had a huge amount of turnover, vacancies and personnel and that sort of thing," Weise said of the

George's job responsibilities include overseeing counseling and special education. El Camino Principal Greg Thompson said he couldn't comment on personnel matters and wouldn't say whether he was involved in interviewing George. However, he was complimentary of her job performance.

"She has done and is doing a wonderful job," Thompson said.

 

 

Jose S. June 01, 2012 at 05:51 PM
does anyone know if she's been let go or kept on for this next school year???
Drew Himmelstein June 01, 2012 at 06:16 PM
My understanding is she won't be returning.
Jose S. June 01, 2012 at 07:26 PM
how do you know that? and when will it be final? thank you for the info.
concerned parent June 01, 2012 at 09:33 PM
She was let go. I've heard that from many excellent sources.
cassondra August 26, 2012 at 04:35 AM
I was a student of hers in high school before she was VP and was just an English teacher. From experience she was a great English teacher, I excelled in her class and received a perfect score on my high school exit exam for English... Cant attest to my math though.. haha. I was also still at the school while she was promoted to VP. She did well but seemed as if the other staff took advantage of her good nature and pretty much belittled her. When I heard of the charges I had already graduated and was shocked, like many of the other students who knew her. No matter what happened that night with her husband doesn't really matter. That's behind closed doors off campus. Can each and every one of you say you haven't done something that if your work found out wouldn't find it acceptable behavior? Yea.. pretty sure your plates aren't clean. I judge her on her ability to teach and manage kids and from what ive seen its been great. Shame on you all for casting such stones.

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