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.



barrow alaska September 15, 2011 at 02:51 PM
well, girls are overly protected nowadays. just watch the teen shows where girls dump on boys all the time from mocking, insults, and hitting...and boys have to tiptoe around girls not to offend their sensitive nature...it is a joke, i say, a joke
kidd cool September 15, 2011 at 02:57 PM
females are dangerous because all laws favor them...but there is a breaking point...when someone finally says no to them, they get institutionalized in one way or another. almost all females see shrinks...when that does not work, there are on heavy meds, and when that fails, the slammer or the psych ward
mary ella September 15, 2011 at 03:01 PM
we're getting off topic again. what's with this kim george. i bet she's been institutionalized before--i bet she sees a counselor....i bet ya
anonymous September 15, 2011 at 03:31 PM
Kim George was ordered to take anger management classes and had a temporary peace order placed on her so she wouldn't abuse him again....... My understanding is that it wasn't the first time or the last time she had put her hands on him.....the sad thing is her kids witnessed the abuse that she would bestow upon her husband.......finally the oldest child called the police one her...........she is unpredictable and has been that way since high school.........she has a talent of manipulating people into believing her delusional reality of the truth.........can we say bipolar...............
concerned parent September 15, 2011 at 03:37 PM
I grew up in a house where my mother beat on my dad. Sometimes, she'd beat on us too. This is an anger management issue. Ms. George should not be working in an environment where her buttons can be so easily pushed. Councelling office in a high school? hmmmmm. I did some research on Ms. George. In 2003, the Gilroy HS School Dist decided not to pick up Ms. George as a permanent teacher (she had been working there with a emergencey credential). She had already had an active career at GHSD with classroom success. Their reason for not picking her up was "what you do outside the classroom". Even after a 5 hour closed session appeal, Kim was let go. Makes you think! A teacher with a good teaching track record not hired? Was her outside life pattern already affecting her work ethic? Why does SSFUSD keep getting itself in these messes? It would seem that after last year's mess, they'd fly under the radar for awhile.
anonymous September 15, 2011 at 03:44 PM
Live Oak assistant principal Kim Lemos resigns Aug 10, 2011 By Angela Ruggiero Kim Lemos, the former Live Oak High School assistant principal who stabbed her husband in a domestic violence dispute last year, resigned Aug. 5 almost a year after the incident. Lemos was arrested in August 2010 after she turned herself in after a physical altercation in which she injured her husband Tim Lemos. She pleaded no contest to disturbing the peace, a misdemeanor and was sentenced to attend a 32-hour anger management course. She did not serve any jail time. According to the personnel order in the Morgan Hill Unified School District's board agenda, she resigned as a teacher from Central Continuation High School. For the 2010-2011 school year, she was assistant principal at Live Oak High School, where her duties included dealing with discipline, attendance, athletics, and school safety. Superintendent Wes Smith, citing a personnel matter, declined to comment. After the stabbing, Lemos continued to work at Live Oak and was not on administrative leave during the school year. According to section 44940 of the California Education Code, an employee is only given a mandatory leave of absence if the charge is related to a sexual offense, selling controlled substances to minors, or using a controlled substance
zig zag September 15, 2011 at 04:21 PM
did she report to work this morning?
ouch! September 15, 2011 at 04:28 PM
knowing her sociopathic disposition, she probably did. she doesnt think she did anything wrong by attacking her hubby...i bet she even said he hit her and she acted in self defense...
pikaki September 15, 2011 at 10:18 PM
The district is trying to keep this quiet . They dont want the public to know her background.... Thanks to Patch for informing the citizens of South San Francisco. Now that we are educated on the situation, how can we resolve the problem?
Managed health carr September 15, 2011 at 10:46 PM
All they can say is no comment. Too many variables at this point.
Straight Man September 15, 2011 at 10:49 PM
What know on can say anonymously if she reported to work or not????
concerned parent September 15, 2011 at 10:54 PM
Next School Board meeting is on Sept. 22 at SSF HS. Time? Not sure. They will have to address it somehow!
Malaria Inflicted September 15, 2011 at 11:05 PM
Rest assured they are meeting in closed session before that!
dominque September 16, 2011 at 08:26 PM
Is she on leave or working?????
Pat September 17, 2011 at 08:44 PM
Kim George is at fault - plain and simple! But, the Board probably could have gotten the info needed had they taken a bit more time in the hiring process. I understand that they hired a lot of administrators in a short amount of time, but I would've preferred they take their time, and hire right... Most applications ask if the candidate is known by any other names. If this had been asked of Ms. George and she gave the name,Lemos, a simple google search would have given them the info they needed. If not, the press was able to get the info, so the Board should've been able to as well. The article I read reported that Ms George and her ex husband had a long history of fights that turned violent in their 17 year marriage... She's an educator and should know what this does to chilldren growing up in that kind of environment, however this continued with three children in the home... She should not be assistant principal at El Camino High School!!
Kingqueen September 18, 2011 at 01:38 AM
What is going with that? The District's mum?
Drew September 18, 2011 at 03:24 AM
I think she's still there. That's what I was told from an inside source...
Mary Swanson September 18, 2011 at 03:32 AM
She's hasn't been fired. She's still there, that is a fact. Many people have told me so who work at el camino.
shocked September 27, 2011 at 08:35 PM
You worry about this? But not about the fact that the board took special action to provide free health insurance to one of its own members? Really?
Tren September 27, 2011 at 10:09 PM
That's the perk to being on the council--you can give yourself, your friends, your family free stuff...
Tess September 28, 2011 at 12:16 AM
Mum's the word about Ms George. If nothing is said - it doesn't exist. Parents - you need to come to the board meetings IF YOU CARE about who is "teaching" your children. If no PARENTS speak up - Ms George will soon be a tenured staff member of the SSFUSD. Hope the next recipient of her wrath is not a student - or at least one that can duck and weave real fast.
Chummy September 28, 2011 at 04:18 AM
This is sexism at its finest. If ms George were a mr, and he was a woman beater, he'd be gone in a blink. Being a man beater, she's excused...shame on you district for teaching yet another student that assault and battery is ok
observer February 06, 2012 at 12:16 AM
I can't imagine that NO ONE googled her under her maiden name and didn't find the big reveal of her married name...also, if her fingerprints came up clean, that could be because they were initially filed under her maiden name and possibly her credential is under her maiden name. It is my opinion that anyone with this kind of anger and assult history does not belong in a school situation no matter what. Her husband didn't press charges and left it to the D.A. to do so, which involves the state and is complicated somehow. This woman is the mother of two of his children.
michelle skillman March 26, 2012 at 07:30 AM
Kim Lemos was Assistant Principal at my son's school. She was a very caring, patient woman. She helped us get our son back on track. We don't know the situation and shouldn't judge her. At Live Oak, she was very loved and respected.
Jose S. June 01, 2012 at 05:49 PM
This woman was diagnosed bi-polar, doctors don't do that for reason at all.... Kim George (Lemos) has a every strong ability to manipulate people into believing what she wants them to believe.... Most people who are social pathetic/ bi-polar are good at this. However, once crossed or disagreed with, the crazy, violent, or aggressive side comes out for blood..PERIOD. Not a good person to keep on staff, a total liability!!!
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 (Editor) 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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