I recently sent the following letter to Trustee Ramsey and President Kronenberg. I have not received any reply.
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Sunday, March 10, 2013
The WCCUSD leadership is ethically challenged, hence the additional scrutiny on every action and decision. They bring this upon themselves. The following are some examples of why some ethics training is in order:
When a board president publicly singles out and scolds two cities for not supporting a tax measure, ethics training is needed.
When important details of a bond measure are buried in the small print, ethics training is needed.
When a school board stacks the deck by placing union reps on the citizens bond oversight committee, ethics training is needed.
When oversight committee members receiving campaign contributions from contractors fail to recuse themselves from that committee, ethics training is needed.
When the school district repeatedly violates accountability laws put in place for purpose of providing transparency and accountability, ethics training is needed.
With some ethics training and strict adherence to accountability laws, the district will be subjected to much less scrutiny.
Posted by Giorgio Cosentino at 9:22 AM
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Recently, I inquired with WCCUSD HR Director, Kenneth Whittemore, as to the particulars of the district's turnover. He said it was difficult for him to get a handle on because of the many personnel issues the district has faced in recent years, including layoffs.
My inquiry prompted trustee Todd Groves to comment that I should pull back my "oversight" of the district. My query had nothing to do with oversight. It was motivated by my wanting to better understand one of the key causes of a compromised education process. The following article validates my concern, citing lack of teacher turnover at this one Richmond school as a cause for success.
The district should be able to provide all stakeholders with a detailed analysis of turnover within the district and at each and every district school. We need to know where the turnover hotspots are before we can address their causes. If the district cannot provide this information, then it is time to find a new Superintendent.
Posted by Giorgio Cosentino at 6:30 AM