Painful bullying stories told to school board
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on Feb 13, 2013
Amid tearful recountings by parents of painful school bullying situations, Palo Alto school board members and Superintendent Kevin Skelly Tuesday night apologized and vowed to learn from a recent federal finding that school officials violated a student's civil rights in a local bullying case.
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posted Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 6:14 AM
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Posted by Wildcrat
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on Feb 13, 2013 at 9:22 pm
I don't blame Skelly for bullying. I hold him accountable for having a four-year warning to deal with this latest issue, for having legal advice nearby, and still being unable to effectively handle this specific issue which the OCR found to be a civil rights violation. My family is a family of color. We don't have a lot of disposable income, but we have enough intelligence, education, and independent judgement to determine that Skelly, and now Young, Wade, and the board, are incompetent, not in the insulting way, but in the definitive way. Skelly said a few years ago he did not expect Latino children to compete with white and Asian children. He did a mea culpa and we went on. Now he dishonestly hid vital information from the board, and indirectly to the voters, about how he and the Compliance Officer violated the civil rights of one of our children. There is no mea culpa for that. The board is supposed to take definitive action but based on last night's board meeting, they clearly don't know what to do. A degree from a prestigious university does not always translate into running a school district or other organization. Dana looks lost, Heidi looks not pleased but all she brought to the table was some Googled information, Camille talked a lot but said very little, Barbara spoke slowly but nothing of substance was said, and Melissa did mention Castilleja again. I wish she would resign and serve on Castilleja's board.
I am not a bully. I am a citizen. I pay an inordinate amount of taxes that funds Skelly's salary. He gets around $250K, got $25K moving expenses, gets $750 monthly for a car, and has an interest-free $1,000,000 home loan. He also got yet another contract extension in June to work until 2016 (for those of you who miss Barbara K., all she did was talk big one night, then vote to extend Skelly's contract, then resign). This was right after the Brown Act violations. He was essentially rewarded for that. We pay him so much so he can be the one person to take responsibility, and there is no question of his wrongdoing. I don't want heads to roll, I don't want to blame, none of that is necessary. You just have to do what is right:
1. Get rid of Skelly. He has to go, ASAP. This could cost $500K. Skelly will actually profit and he will be superintendent of a new district.
2. Demote Charles Young to a teacher for the 13-14 school year. He will still make over $100K per year or allow him to seek a job in another district. His method of lying low while not fixing any issue whatsoever is negligent. That the OCR has determined that your handling of this case from July 1, 2011 to now in 2013 means you were a lousy Compliance Officer. You failed. It's a fact.
3. Pink slip Holly Wade. She has had three years to handle this and didn't. Post for a new special ed person.
4. As for the board, that is up to the voters, but I would ask any attorneys out there to let the public know if there is any way we can get an investigation to determine if this act of deceit by Skelly was just of his doing or if the board was in on it.
As you can see, all trust is lost. You can't trust the board, you can't trust Skelly, you can't trust Young, you can't trust Wade. This is not the first time that they have behaved so dishonestly. My take on Skelly at this point is that Skelly appears incapable of feeling shame about this or anything else. I've watched him apologize literally over a dozen times in the last six years. The time for giving him or the board one more chance is long gone.
Please correct any information about Skelly, Young, Wade, or the board, especially about any of their salaries. I like to spend my money wisely and I have high expectations for all of the above. They have failed miserably and I ask that the board to not reward them with continued employment.