By Paula McConnell
To paraphrase a line from the recent brilliant movie “The Imitation Game”- ‘sometimes the very people you least imagine will do unimaginable things’. That phrase just about sums it up for the newly appointed Vallejo school board trustee, Ruscal Cayangyang. Many people had dismissed Cayangyang during his campaign bid for a position on the local school board. Some opined that he is far too young, too inexperienced, and lacks sufficient life skills to become an effective school board member. Trustee Cayangyang is an extremely intelligent person. He thinks critically, thoughtfully and deeply. As a graduate of Vallejo High School, he well knows the local school system. Having attended U.C. Berkeley he has demonstrated discipline. What’s more, he knows the Education Code possibly better than anyone currently sitting on the Vallejo school board. He will accomplish many great things during his two year term, and he will thereupon surprise and delight many people. And just remember, Mozart created his first musical work at the age of four.
Compliments and kudos are extended to existing Vallejo school board trustees Ward Stewart, Raymond Victor Mommsen and Burky Worel who ultimately voted to appoint Cayangyang to the school board. They each showed deep courage of conviction and honored the democratic process which recognizes the sanctity of the American vote. Ruscal Cayangyang won the last Vallejo school board election fair and square. He worked very hard to do so. He will emphatically not disappoint the Vallejo community; it is that simple.
A new day and a new dawn will soon occur within the Vallejo school district. Hopefully full light will be shed upon any and all attempted cover-ups, bribes, misuse of funds, violence in the classrooms, unreported teacher hospitalizations due to student attacks, rampant classroom theft, covered up sexual assaults on campuses, or any other possible examples of hidden corruption or infractions. We have had enough of the abominable Vallejo schools which have kept good families from moving here, driven quality families to move out, and which have deterred incoming businesses from choosing to locate in our little jewel of a city by the bay. Wise men have told us that where there is light, there is hope, and it is always darkest before the dawn. Well, we are at a new low having far too long suffered low school scores, extremely low graduation rates and bottom level school rankings within the Bay Area. There is tremendous violence and chaos within Vallejo classrooms with an unprecedented three Solano County Grand Jury reports to document same. Those reports alone speak volumes toward making a disgusting case against this school district. What is even more telling is that the Vallejo school district ranks 163 out of 167 on the API (Academic Performance Index), and it has sunken to the lowest 5% ranking in the entire state of California. Even more egregious is that some Vallejo school classes have not had a full-time accredited teacher all year, and must suffer through a different un-credentialed substitute teacher (translate -sitter) every thirty days. Seasoned teachers are leaving faster than fish can swim, many out of abject fear for their very safety.
In a recent news article there was a request for comments regarding the latest school board election, a member of the community therein stated: “Save us Burky, save us.” We can now openly recite a revision to that statement: ‘Save us Burky and Ruscal, please in God’s name, save us!’
Note: All opinions expressed in the “Primal Scream” column are those of the writer and not necessarily those of the Vallejo Independent Bulletin.