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District/School Officials Ignore Problems in Paly Athletic Program

Original post made by Robert Simoni, Palo Alto High School, on Apr 21, 2009

On March 16, I reported my observations of problems with the Paly athletic program to Superintendent Skelly and Paly Principal McEvoy. Other than an acknowledgment from Principal McEvoy, there has been no action. When pressed, she responded that there were "procedures" to follow. Eventually, we were told that any action would require a formal complaint. How this is different from my original complaint is not clear. A "formal" complaint was filed with the District and again no action. Eventually there was a meeting with Principal McEvoy and again were told that there were "procedures" to follow. District and School administrators; Superintendent Skelly, Principal McEvoy, Asst. Principal Berkston and Athletic Director Hansen, all share collective irresponsibility. (Similar problems at Gunn High School recently were resolved quickly.) Clearly, this is a strategy to get to the end of the season thus avoiding any responsibility. Our kids deserve better!

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Posted by Jim H.
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 21, 2009 at 12:43 pm

Not a huge fan of Earl Hansen, but without any details on what is happening and/or how they are ignoring the "problems", it's hard to determine if the school's/district's response is appropriate or not.

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Posted by Observer
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 21, 2009 at 1:20 pm

I find it extremely inappropriate to discuss personnel issues in a forum like this.

Follow the Formal complaint procedure (assuming you are a parent/guardian and have standing to do so) instead of insulting Palo Alto's athletic programs.

When I have a concern with my daughter's schooling, I work things out with the principal directly. It's important that the adults (especially the OP) set a good example for our children.

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Posted by Kevin
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Apr 21, 2009 at 1:31 pm

If this is what I think it is, it is, indeed, very inappropriate to be discussing it here.

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Posted by Buddy
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 21, 2009 at 11:22 pm

This is not the place or the time for it. People must remember who this is coming from (an angry parent). Every school has them & admin should run their procedures and support their staff members. Its parents that think that there money or say will change things that ruin school sports these days. The kids are always fine with the way things go, it just makes it harder when adults fill their heads with nonsense.

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