Jul 08, 2007
Seema Mehta, The Los Angeles Times "Fleming refused to answer most of the prosecutors' questions on the grounds that he could incriminate himself, aside from a handful of basic questions, such as his wife's name, Lilly. McGill did testify, which led to the perjury charge."
Fleming speaks "from the heart" by "standing tall" for "the children" and playing the denial game to the bitter end
May 26, 2007
James Fleming, The Orange County Register “I want you to know, unequivocally, from my heart, that I did not do these things. I stand by my decisions and recommendations; I would not change my actions in order to avoid my present situation ... My entire 43-year professional career has been devoted to serving the public and specifically public school children; this goes against everything I believe in.”
Fleming is the former superintendent of the Capistrano Unified School District.
May 26, 2007
James Fleming, The Orange County Register “I believe they were the ethical and moral decisions to make and I could not ignore my responsibility.”
Fleming lists achievements during his tenure, such as building campuses and winning National Blue Ribbons for high-achieving schools, and says a district-commissioned [Judge Waldrip] investigation found no laws had been broken. That report criticized Fleming for actions that were “ill-advised and imprudent.” Hey, earth to Jimbo! Those decisions may have ticked people off, but those aren't the decisions you're being prosecuted for. Just think for a minute. Could it be the years of lies, deceit, retaliation, defamation and other abuses that have finally caught up with you? It was not your "responsibility" to cross every ethical and legal line possible. And as for the district-commissioned Waldrip report, it was only a matter of time before this made-to-order whitewash would be raised as a defense. Fortunately, the District Attorney looked into the same matters, and guess what? He saw at things a little differently.
Jun 29, 2006
James Fleming, Dana Point News "I am happy to say goodbye to our leases for five separate buildings scattered throughout our 195-square-mile district, especially as CUSD will now recapture $550,000 annually in lease payments for use to cover instructional-related programs such as third-grade class-size reduction. The new offices are owned by the district; the $35 million cost is paid with funds restricted to brick-and-mortar projects within the City of San Juan Capistrano."
The district kept the leases anyway, putting Fresh Start children into the old administration building they said was too dangerous for administrators due to possible train derailments; the $550,000 they expected to "recapture" was offset by more than $1 million in annual interest payments for the financing of the new administration building; and Associate Superintendent Dave Doomey later admitted that the "restricted" construction funds story was a lie. Fleming is the Superintendent of the Capistrano Unified School District.
Jun 29, 2006
James Fleming, Dana Point News "The CUSD Board of Trustees has taken a certain amount of heat for its decision, six years ago, to proceed with a comprehensive solution for housing student support services needed for a growing district. That decision was foresighted then, and even more so today."
So, Fleming admits that six years ago, while the district was beginning a series of deficit budgets and student overcrowding and facilities deficiencies had become a crisis at schools like Capistrano Valley High School, CUSD was developing a "comprehensive" plan for its new administration building. During the CUSD Recall campaign in 2005, Trustee Marlene Draper tried to cover for CUSD's embarrassing, decrepit portable classrooms, telling the press that the district had a "strategic plan" to remove them - a plan that was at least two years old. Of course, Interim Superintendent Charles McCully later confirmed that no such strategic plan existed and, to add insult to injury, immediately following the recall campaign, the Trustees showed their true colors by voting unanimously to pay for a study to maximize portables at every campus in the district. Even if Draper had been telling the truth about the "strategic" plan for the kids, it wouldn't have held a candle to the "comprehensive" six-year plan the trustees and staff dishonestly and secretly carried out for the new administration building. Fleming is the Superintendent of the Capistrano Unified School District.
Jun 29, 2006
James Fleming, Dana Point News "While we strive to keep our non-classrooms expenditures as low as possible, a growing public school district requires an adequate facility for well-trained support employees to provide instructional, fiscal, technological and maintenance help to our campuses."
Fleming tries to justify the district's new administration building with half-truths that completely ignore the gross inequity of cramming students into substandard portables while splurging on administrative faciliites that aren't just nice, but according the press, is probably the nicest in the entire State of California (KCET, Life & Times) or even the country (ABC 20-20). Fleming is the Superintendent of the Capistrano Unified School District.
Mar 30, 2005
James Fleming, The Orange County Register "People with good will will look at this data and come away with different conclusions ... No matter what I decided, there would have been a region that's upset."
Dec 03, 1999
James Fleming, The Las Vegas Sun "I'm a controversial figure on special education because I'm willing to stand up and say, 'the emperor has no clothes.' "
Fleming was asked about concerns over a special education controversy surrounding Fleming while he was being interviewed as a candidate for the position of superintendent of the Clark County School District in Las Vegas Nevada. Fleming is the Superintendent of the Capistrano Unified School District.
May 18, 1998
James Fleming, The Orange County Register "I like to call them army barracks."
Fleming is the Superintendent of the Capistrano Unified School District.
Superintendent Fleming blames partisan politics for district construction whoas; ignores district's own facilities planning failures
May 18, 1998
James Fleming, The Orange County Register "They're holding the children hostage. The Republicans have said no, despite the fact that they were elected to represent the fastest growing school district in the state."
The state legislature voted against putting a statewide bond measure for school construction on the June 1998 ballot. A bloc of Republicans thwarted the bill, which would have allocated $6.5 billion for primary and secondary school construction. Of course, Fleming offers no explanation why the Irvine and Saddleback school districts, with similar growth and demographics, were able to cope much better. Fleming is the Superintendent of the Capistrano Unified School District.