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Supt. Skelly's Performance Review Survey Does Not Work

Original post made by More Curious Than Ever, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on May 30, 2013

I have made multiple attempts to access the survey that gives us an opportunity to comment on Supt. Skelly's performance and it either does not work at all or it gives instructions (everybody fills out section A and B an additionally another section depending on whether you are staff or parent/community member etc.). I never was able to get the section E to appear.

Dear District Office: What gives here? Can you please fix this so that those of us who want to input our opinions about Dr. Skelly can do so? Maybe you can extend the deadline in light of the fact that we are dealing with an inoperant survey site.

Thank you very much,

A Community Member

PS I am curious as to whether anyone else has experienced this same problem and how long this situation has been allowed to continue. I would think that PAUSD Dist. office administrators would want things to work right but I guess I woefully mistaken.

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Posted by it's fine
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 30, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Just took it with option parent/community memeber (Web Link) and it worked fine for me.

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Posted by Survey
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 30, 2013 at 12:11 pm

@MCTE: Talking to the district on this forum does no good. Call the district office with your concerns.

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Posted by More Curious Than Ever
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 30, 2013 at 12:30 pm

@it's fine: glad it worked fine for you. I will give it another try later this afternoon.

@Survey: My neighbor just spoke with someone at the district office (Skelly's office specifically) and she reported to me that the person who answered the phone gave her some kind of blah blah, browser, reset site, blah blah browser etc. etc. What about those folks who can barely do an email and have no technical expertise? It seemed to her like she was getting no good help from the supe's office. What's a poor old unskilled soul to do in this town?

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Posted by Survey
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 30, 2013 at 4:36 pm

I didn't realize you were looking for browser support.
It's surveymonkey, while it's not infallible, I wouldn't look to the district to fix any problems you're having.

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Posted by last year
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 30, 2013 at 10:49 pm

Have you noticed the link says 2012 survey...... so what the heck is going on???

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Posted by More Curious Than Ever
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 31, 2013 at 6:15 pm

I have continued to try to access this survey as has my husband who is very tech savvy and we have batted out. I am beginning to get the feeling that Superintendent Kevin Skelly would rather that we are not able to fill in this survey. He is probably required to give the public an opportunity to weigh in on how they think he is doing but doesn't really need the survey to find that look at the comments in these forum threads would be enough to give him a very good idea of what the public knows about his behaviors and how they feel about the unlawfullness of what the district is doing. How come we have to pay increasingly higher service fees to that high priced legal team of "F, F, and F" and they can't even advise Dr. Skelly as to what the law is (note the refund thread today for the illegal charges related to summer school).

What is going on here anyway? Come on, if you really want to let Dr. Skelly know how he is doing (and you can't access the survey site as I and so many of my friends have experienced, send the district a letter. Send a copy to all of the Board members and/or publish some letters in the local papers. I have had enough of his bad acting and also have had enough of the board just sitting by and accepting Dr. Skelly's missteps. Come on,enough is enough already!

Perhaps we need to start a petition carried door to door, parent to parent etc. listing all of the problems that Kevin created for the district and politely request him to remove himself or be removed by the powers that be. I am not quite sure what the process is; however, I know that there are folks out there that know how to go about having someone removed from office when they rise to the level of incompetence that Dr. Skelly has.

Edmund Burke: Do you know anything about what the legal hoops are that must be jumped in order to remove a superintendent of schools? Apparently the Board is unwilling to let him go. Do you know of any legal remedies? Please Edmund, we need your level headed advice and expertise!

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Posted by Add some more
a resident of Fairmeadow
on May 31, 2013 at 11:50 pm

While you're at it, petition to remove Holly Wade. In her time here with the district she has caused increased expenses, cut services to children with special needs who need it, is working to mainstream all special education students, mismanaged mental health needs, and allowed situations to get so out of control that families are left with the option of leaving the district (read "afford to move" or "go to private school") or filing a complaint with the Federal Office of Civil Rights.

While moving kids towards inclusion and reducing their support, she has also not trained teachers on how to manage and work with a new population of students, been proactive with training, or listened to her own employee's requests for help. Special education is not one size fits all, that is why INDIVIDUAL education plans are needed. Yet, under Holly Wade's pressure staff continue to reduce support services for students on IEPs, and take walk a dangerous line of what will barely work for a child vs cost to the district.

Holly Wade signs off on every special needs child's case, as the director of special education, in the district. Why are her feet not being held to the fire for negligence? She is a nice woman. She has an important position. Being nice doesn't qualify one to be a director of special needs.

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Posted by More Curious Than Ever
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 1, 2013 at 10:53 am

@Add some more: I would love to help you with that petition. I have checked around and have found out that the only people who can remove Dr. Skelly are the Board members. So, it would appear that we need to start circulating a petition urging the Board to remove Kevin from his post. What do you think? I am not sure about the process for Holly Wade (she is probably only dismissable by Dr. Skelly). Perhaps it would be possible to have a "package deal" on this and get rid of two people at the same time. I agree that Holly has no business being employed in her position with our district. Unfortunately, "being nice" doesn't qualify a person to do such an important job. Kevin Skelly also "appears nice" when you meet him. The incompetence lurking under the surface is not apparent to the uninformed. Board: stop allowing these "nice" people to ruin our district and tarnish the PAUSD brand. We have really slid down the totem pole on the national rankings for schools and I firmly believe that it is because of all of these missteps and unqualified personnel starting at the top. Time to clean house. We can't wait until the next election. 2014 is too far off. Too many children will be hurt in the meantime. I am not anxious to see how our property value will decrease when parents are not lusting to purchase a home in not so perfect "Perfect Palo Alto". Enough is enough!

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Posted by village fool
a resident of another community
on Jun 1, 2013 at 11:35 am

@Add some more - On December 2012 the CAC (Community Advisory comity) organised an educational presentation about inclusion. This event took place in the District office.
(Web Link). As it turns out - most district officials knew, then, already, about the first OCR settlement.
I want to thank, again, the family who came forward with this info. I am pretty sure that many tried prior to point to issues. Several comments in the thread about this presentation may give a hint as to the issues that were clear to many prior. Fear of retaliation was mentioned many times. Unfortunately - it seems that the OCR "stamp of approval" was needed to bring these issues, tip of the iceberg, to the public awareness.

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