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School trustees face busy holiday season

Uploaded: Dec 22, 2016
Pleasanton students and teachers alike will sigh with relief today as the district finishes its first semester before the holidays.
At the same time, teachers, parents and administrators must be shaking their heads and saying “not again,” after the school board placed Superintendent Rick Rubino on paid administrative leave while a personnel matter is investigated. Rubino has been on the job since July 1.
As would be expected, both school board members and Rubino were not commenting beyond a prepared statement that went out after the school board met at 8 a.m. Monday morning. The statement said that the school board was seeking a person or firm to do an independent investigation and report back to the board.
Board members have a huge job to do and need to move expeditiously to get to the bottom of whatever the matter that required the administrative leave. They also must ensure it’s done thoroughly, something the district has not done well in the past. That history hangs over some members of this school board.
New trustee Steve Maher, a long-time principal in the district who has retired, made administrative turnover—particularly principals—the centerpiece of his election campaign. Now he and his colleagues must deal with another situation that undermines public confidence in the leadership.
This better be a very busy holiday season for the board and whomever is charged with the independent investigation. Citizens deserve answers.
Changing gears to celebrate what an unusual fall we enjoyed. Until this week’s hard freeze, we were enjoying lilacs, camellias and iris that all typically bloom in March in December.
Throw in the bumper crop of green peppers that my wife harvested this week to say nothing of fresh tomatoes that came off the vines a couple of weeks ago.

What is it worth to you?


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore,
on Dec 23, 2016 at 8:51 am

You have what's known as a GREEN THUMB! HOORAY!

Posted by Parent, a resident of Amador Valley High School,
on Dec 23, 2016 at 4:12 pm

The bottom line is that community members know that the school district as a whole detests special education kids, special education teachers, principals with a special education background and the teacher's union will take on and oust anyone who is in a leadership from a Special Education background.

The superintendent has a Special Education background which makes him a target just like the former principal at Walnut Grove Elementary.

Also, the community knows that certain instructional coaches, technology specialists, teachers and counselors will do anything to collect quarter million dollar payout checks from the District no matter what.

Also you never know how many former Ahmadi cronies are in the District with an ax to grind and just can't wait to oust the superintendent that replaced her.

The teacher's union is probably having a complete fit over the fact that Rubino runs multiple charter schools in a board member capacity. I'm sure that they will do and say anything to get rid of anyone in a leadership capacity that in any way favors charter schools. Charter schools threaten the very existence of unions and the union can't be too happy they've hired Rubino who manages the Fortune charter schools.

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