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Police Investigate Harding Principal

Child Abuse Charge Possible


Friday, November 23, 2012
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Nuh Kimbwala, the principal of Harding Elementary School until he was removed from his post last week, is now the focus of a child abuse investigation by the Santa Barbara Police Department, according to police spokesperson Riley Harwood.

Harwood explained that police visited the school on Santa Barbara’s Westside last Friday to “take a report of an allegation” against Kimbwala related to an incident on Wednesday, November 14, “which, if true, would amount to a case of misdemeanor child abuse not sexual in nature.” Those who reported the crime first contacted Child Welfare Services, where officials advised them to contact the police directly. The investigation is now in the hands of the Crimes Against Persons detail.

On that same Friday, November 16, the Santa Barbara Unified School District announced that Kimbwala was going to be replaced by Assistant Principal Vanesha Davis. District officials have not commented on the matter, but other sources at Harding said that Kimbwala, who started on the job in August, having replaced outgoing principal Sally Kingston, was not connecting with students, parents, or staff.

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AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
November 23, 2012 at 9:58 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Well, now. Isn't this a fine state of affairs? After the fact, it is found that he "...was not connecting with students, parents, or staff." Excuse me. I'm lost entirely. Did the hiring committee fall asleep at the wheel? For this very result I've never subscribed to the interview method: tell them what they want to hear, that you are, in fact, St. Thomas Aquinas. Oh, well, better luck next time.

salsipuedes (anonymous profile)
November 23, 2012 at 12:14 p.m. (Suggest removal)

upper administration at SBUSD has egg on its face on this hire!

DrDan (anonymous profile)
November 23, 2012 at 2:02 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I don't believe that they "dropped the ball" on this one but they can't legally fire some one on an assumption or even without a conviction. This was probably the best way to get rid of him without exposing themselves to litigation.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
November 23, 2012 at 4:06 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Yet there's still the issue of former principal Kingston leaving with the task unfinished, which led to hiring this mistake. See the Nov. 16 article by Fastman.
As a former 16 yr school administrator (not SB schools), one can see that 2 - 3 year slots often are best for the careerists, those who want to rise in the hierarchy, the climbers for $ and status.
I do not know Kingston, but everyone around Harding believes she was instrumental in key changes there, BUT she ran off to Carpinteria BEFORE FINISHING HER JOB of turning the school around.
CHALLENGE: former Principal Kingston, step up to the challenge, come back from Carp. and Supt. Paul Cordeiro and FINISH YOUR JOB. The Harding kids need you. Put these kids before your career advancement, eh? You will feel good about yourself.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
November 26, 2012 at 2:10 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Was she contractually bound to stay until the school was considered turned around? I just find it hard to fault Kingston for the actions of others. Nobody would ever sign onto a tough project if they were to forever be indentured to it.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
November 26, 2012 at 3:16 p.m. (Suggest removal)

DrDan how about the parents take initiative and turn around Harding school. Or the faculty could continue the great work Kingston began. There is absolutely no reason you should attack someone who moved on because you prefer they stay where they were before.

MSSB (anonymous profile)
November 26, 2012 at 4:09 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I am quite shocked by all of this. I knew Mr. Kimbwala from his employment at CJUSD, and he was always about doing what is best for student success. I hope the investigation is thorough and clearly finds the truth and a solution that will help all those involved in finding closure.

ChrissieA (anonymous profile)
November 27, 2012 at 10:31 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Did the hiring committee even look into his employment history? There were already rumors about him at his last school. He was replaced by a new principal last year before the first semester was even over.

ellieg (anonymous profile)
November 27, 2012 at 8:11 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Please everyone. Let's wait for the facts to come out. Innocent until proven guilty. Any speculation is ignorant. Remember what our great founders laid out for us in our constitution.

Datadriven (anonymous profile)
November 27, 2012 at 8:32 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Some people only believe in due process for Chick Fill-A.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
November 27, 2012 at 8:47 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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