Former school board members should know better than to take sides, much less comment on, school personnel issues. No member of the public is privy to the facts, to any ongoing discussions, grievances or performance evaluations because all personnel issues are discussed, appropriately, in closed sessions.
To venture an opinion, especially a strongly worded scolding based on personal assumptions and incomplete information, is condescending at best and damaging at worst.
Our elected school board is responsible for giving our superintendent guidance so that she can effectively lead our district and, ultimately, holding her accountable for her performance. Leak or no leak, it appears that the superintendent has learned that enough principals and other managers are unhappy that active listening and adjustments are needed.
Let's encourage our school board to focus its leadership on rebuilding constructive communications and trust among its most valued employees.
[Originally published in 10/8/2006 Palo Alto Weekly.]
Link to letter written by former school trustees: Web Link