Sunday Funny..School Board, Bored, Boor, Boar…etc.

'Sunday Funny..School Board, Bored, Boor, Boar…etc.' have 61 comments

  1. August 31, 2014 @ 6:03 pm Hula shirts are the new black

    Great funny, love the Rozzanasaurus Rex! However, I will be supporting Lewis, Loughmiller and, gulp, Worel.


  2. August 31, 2014 @ 6:59 pm Salty Dog

    Ahh,yes…those key words, “transparency,accountability and responsibility ” that always pop up when considering potential guardians of the public trust. And, of course, those who would take on that responsibility won’t be short on bromides, but will likely shrivel from specific recommendations simply because delivering public education effectively is complex and involves so many publics and organizational groups. There is no simple fix in delivering that triple alliance. But, transparency, accountability and responsibility can be furthered when the actual board structure is reformed to facilitate these elusive public wants. Again, I speak to the notion of zonal representation by a seven member board, not a new idea but one that appears to be well suited to what ails the VCUD.

    When a school trustee is elected for a zone, they become responsible for the schools in that zone in so far that parents, teachers and administrators get to know the trustee and communicate their concerns, issues and successes. They become more transparent through more direct interaction and they will feel a sense of accountabilty to the publics they serve within a zone.

    With an expanded board, those enhanced attributes will be transformed into more lively debate at the policy board level. Less in camera, more open meeting discussion has to have a positive effect on gaining a much needed public confidence in the District’s direction and in how in manages its fiscal duties.

    Transforming a board has the huge potential of demonstrating transparency, accountability and responsibilty from the top down. That is called leadership and it is catching when the public and organization see it in action. So, I would advise you to ask these candidtes if they would support these changes…and if not, why not. There may be some insights into candidate suitability.

    As an aside, the only candidate that I have knowledge of is Worel, from his many many appearances at city council and while I quite often disagree with his opinion,in fact usually, his dogged determination and outspoken views are exactely what I want to see and hear in and from a school board rep in public meetings.

    Sunday funny? Not that funny, imo.


  3. August 31, 2014 @ 7:02 pm Vallejo Mom

    Lol, the Bishop hat is hysterical. Okay on the serious side, google “bullying Vallejo”. Vote NO on measure E!


  4. August 31, 2014 @ 7:20 pm Vallejo Mom

    I am supporting Ruscal Cayanyang. He supports charter schools,he lived through and survived 12 years of VCUSD as a student, served on the Napa Vallejo College board, graduated from UC Berkeley in economics. Please people, can we please vote for some intelligent substance for a change?!?


    • August 31, 2014 @ 7:38 pm Salty Dog

      He supports charter schools? Does he support public education?
      He survived twelve years in VCUSD? Perhaps a medal is in order. How does that make him a good fit?
      He served on a college board? Well,we know how open and public oriented that policy board is.
      He has a degree in economics? How does that help his people skills? We are awash in bean counters but there is a dearth of leadership.

      Don’t get me wrong, he may be the right candidate. I just don’t buy your rationale for support.


      • August 31, 2014 @ 8:22 pm Vallejo Mom

        Charter schools keep families in Vallejo. Ask the parents at Vallejo Charter and MIT. Fyi, they are public schools. Okay if you are not impressed that he graduated from UC Berkeley than you obviously do not hold any regards to successful college graduates. Economics, we need that experience and since little you know about Napa college, the board does have transparency. Unlike, Pam Keith, who has done a horrible job at Solano. And I know from friends who work at Solano college, they all hate Keith. No more old politics in Vallejo. New blood please.


        • September 1, 2014 @ 11:47 am Salty Dog

          my point is that it is NOT about new blood so much as it is about a board composed of members who can articulate a governance philosophy/style/model that will facilitate transparency, accessibility and responsibility. Personalities and resumes are nice but don’t cut it alone if positive change is desired.


    • September 2, 2014 @ 5:05 pm Vallejo Schools

      Cayangyang graduated? Maybe you should check that closer. My understanding is he didn’t graduate. You can’t say you’re a graduate if you didn’t.


  5. September 1, 2014 @ 9:01 am lipstick!

    Love the Rozzana Rex with the lipstick and the high heels. New phrase, instead of “lipstick on a pig,” maybe we say “lipstick on a dinosaur”? Of course, she isn’t running, but her style of rubber-stamping all district policies is still in place on the Board. I love that when faced with the fraud & bankruptcy, Rozzana’s excuse was “I didn’t know.” Exactly! it was your JOB to know, duh — that’s no excuse! How terrifying that the Jumpbackers are thinking of running her for Mayor in 2016, perhaps because she’d make such a good puppet? Argh!

    Bishop’s crown is pretty funny, too — although she’d missing an accessory like a steamroller. Maybe she needs to be so heavy-handed — but if she’s going to be so autocratic, how about ensuring safety & accountability in the schools?

    I wouldn’t want Burky in a city govt post, but I think he’s a good candidate for school board. He’s already been in the district’s face about Board meeting times & locations, the Grand Jury reports, and safety in the schools. If Wilson manages to keep her post, she & Bishop will mow people down unless people have the backbone to stand up to them. I wish Schussel would have run, but I guess he can’t be two places.


    • September 1, 2014 @ 12:53 pm SilasBarnabe

      Can someone list tangible accomplishments of the Hula shirt guy in his past 8 year tenure on the school bored?


      • September 1, 2014 @ 3:27 pm Salty Dog

        @2 silas:

        I believe that is in reference to Worel’s love of tropical shirts and he is a candidate, not a board member.


        • SilasBarnabe

          September 1, 2014 @ 3:31 pm SilasBarnabe

          @SD, Worel was a School Bored member from 1994-2002, please tell us what he accomplished during his tenure in the Vallejo School Bored.


          • September 1, 2014 @ 4:28 pm Salty Dog

            Thanks for the clarification, Silas…..before my time so I can’t name a single thing.

            But, if he has learned from that past experience and could embrace and articulate some sorely needed governance reform, I would consider his oft opinionated stance. In other words, if he has the ability to walk the talk.

  6. September 1, 2014 @ 9:58 am BE

    “…we know how open and public oriented that policy board is.” please explain your comment.


    • September 1, 2014 @ 11:34 am Salty Dog

      Glad you asked.

      There are many permutations of governance styles that a board may chose, from the uber hands off policy boards of the Carver model, to more traditional hands on, lets play with the trains style.

      The Carver model is ill suited for school districts, imo. We need trustees who can dig in, explore,advocate and generally be an effective conduit between public and organization. That occurs when a board structures itself so that individual trustees become involved in committee stuctures…ie Education,Human Relations,Physical Plant, Safety Committees,etc. Not so much playing with the trains but becoming directly represented in the organization’s ongoing activities.

      Municipalities and Colleges may benefit from the Carver policy board, hands off model. Public education, with a long history of direct democracy and mandate to serve public education needs, requires a much higher degree of organizational trustee involvement to ensure credible transparency, accountability and responsibility.



      • September 1, 2014 @ 1:16 pm Shelee Loughmiller

        Salty, thank you, you nailed it on the head! This is exactly the reason that I’m running for a seat, I’ve been in the trenches and will continue to be on school sites & sitting on committees to ensure the changes we need will see daylight. “We need trustees who can dig in, explore,advocate and generally be an effective conduit between public and organization. That occurs when a board structures itself so that individual trustees become involved in committee stuctures…ie Education,Human Relations,Physical Plant, Safety Committees,etc. Not so much playing with the trains but becoming directly represented in the organization’s ongoing activities.”


        • September 1, 2014 @ 3:45 pm Salty Dog

          That sounds promising, Shelee. I hope you will address the issue of board reform at some point.

          “There is an ethic of responsibility in school board governance” that conjoins the cool calculation of organization (efficiency and effectiveness) with the warm passions of community (an ethic of conviction).

          It’s all about balancing the two ethics for effective trusteeship.

          I hope you see the need to reform the governance environments and seek ways to bring the community closer to the board table.


          • September 1, 2014 @ 5:43 pm Shelee Loughmiller

            I’m open to new ideas or opportunities that get ALL of our neighbors involved in solving our challenges. Curiosity didn’t kill the cat, Complacency did!

        • September 2, 2014 @ 8:47 am worthlessbishop

          I’ve heard that Shelee served on the board for the Loma Vista School Farm & is a big fan of Bishop’s. I’d steer clear of Shelee. Bishop cannot stand Worel and for that reason alone, I would vote for him.


          • September 2, 2014 @ 9:33 am Education Advocate

            “I’ve heard…” I’ve heard that people who post unsubstantiated allegations are insecure, petty and uninformed.

          • September 2, 2014 @ 10:13 am Salino Perro

            As is often the case, a discussion of politics quickly devolves to a rant about personalities. The ball is dropped, the same ole,same ole continues. Little changes.

            What I would like to see are candidates who can demonstrate their understanding of their true and historical role in public education and provide some crisp and specific suggestions that could improve transparency,accountability,responsibility at the Board level.

            Spare me the personality analysis. I don’t care if they are white,black,gay, left wing,right wing, twelve toes or ten. I do want a candidate who understands that the position is a grave and potentially far influencing one, not a popularity contest that legitimizes a status quo and bean counting on steroids.

          • September 2, 2014 @ 12:49 pm Shelee Loughmiller

            So, you’ve “heard” that I’m a big fan of Dr. Bishop. I must challenge your thinking here if that’s the only reason you are steering clear of casting a vote for me. I would ask that you find out a little more about all the candidates and what they’ve been doing for the children and families of Vallejo. I rest easy knowing that the 100’s of hours I continue to give in service to support several community organizations as well as Loma Vista Farm, bringing new resources of money and volunteers, building a vision for the future to improve the education and sustainability of the programs for the long term is a worthy and noble endeavor. I would ask that you attend the upcoming forums or other events to get to know the truth of what all the candidates stand for? Or, you know, you could just call me for a face to face chat. This election is too important to the future of our kids to be petty and make decisions based on rumor and innuendo.

          • September 2, 2014 @ 3:40 pm Salty Dog

            I am warmin up to ya, Shelee. Good luck. 🙂

          • September 2, 2014 @ 5:25 pm Anon

            Interesting. Bishop hates Worel? Ok he has my vote.

          • September 2, 2014 @ 6:33 pm Anon

            Shelee you are starting to sound like “I am holier than them” since you are going public here, do you support Bishop or not? Because voters need to know. And Ruscal, Burkey, and John Smith? Please.

          • September 2, 2014 @ 7:57 pm Vallejo Mom

            Let’s vote out Wilson. Loughmiller, Cayangyang and Smith. I can’t vote on Worel, sorry his experience shows on when he last served on the board. Let’s not repeat history, vote for change, not the past.

  7. September 1, 2014 @ 12:17 pm Education Advocate

    How has Pam Keith done a horrible job at Solano? You allege that employees there hate her. Why? If you are going to make these kinds of serious allegations, be specific. No generalities. Otherwise, you’re just spewing sour grape juice.


    • September 3, 2014 @ 9:49 am Education Advocate

      More misinformation from Vallejo Mom. You can’t vote Loughmiller or Cayangyang out. They aren’t in. There is no one named Smith running for the board or currently sitting on the board. Educate yourself or stay out of it. Or are your intentionally uninformed posts meant to create chaos and confusion?


      • September 3, 2014 @ 4:06 pm Vallejo Mom

        Education Avocado, take a breathe. See that period in my comment? I meant “Vote out Wilson. Vote for Cayangyang, Loughmiller, and Smith”. OMG , if you advocate for education, now I am worried. Reading Comprehension 101 is offered online, you know. And fyi, Smith was in the race, sadly, he dropped out. If you offended by remarks about your candidates, maybe you should refrain, eh? Do you have school age children? Sorry our children matter more than petty personal emotions.


        • September 3, 2014 @ 4:08 pm Vallejo Mom

          Educate advy, chill, meant Lewis, not Smith. Chill okay chill.


  8. September 2, 2014 @ 5:22 pm Anon

    I would like to know how the candidates stand on bullying, charter schools, district transfers, and homeschooling. And if you are going to post online, here is your chance.


  9. September 2, 2014 @ 8:36 pm worthlessbishop

    Shelee, do you support the policies that have been implemented by Bishop, yes or no? What would you do to reduce the loss of teachers which currently stands at a loss of over 200 teachers in the past two years? What are you thoughts on the fact that currently almost 10% of teaching positions remain unfilled? Do you support her current efforts as it relates to school safety?

    I know you through your work at Loma Vista Farms. It is has been stated many times that you support Bishop and there is a fear that you will not be the critical eye that is sorely needed in the district. I’m no fan of Worel, but I know that he will not just go along to get along.


    • September 3, 2014 @ 4:47 am Bong Hit

      I’d love to hear a candidate come out and say that if a kid physically assaults a teacher or adult staff member they are OUT. PERIOD. EXPELLED.


      • September 3, 2014 @ 9:00 am learner

        I’m with you on that. I wouldn’t want to teach where assault is tolerated, and I wouldn’t want my kids to go there. Really, if that sort of thing is going on, it’s an outrage (don’t remember seeing that in the Grand Jury report, but then again there were a LOT of problems listed.)

        I’m not certain that “restorative justice” is actually just for the victims of abuse. What about them — and what about their terrorized classmates? If kids aren’t being expelled for unacceptable behavior, though, it does let the school continue to collect the money they get for daily attendance numbers. So, the District has a financial incentive to let abusive kids stay in school, even if it disrupts and undermines the learning environment.

        I so wish we had put a measure for term limits on the ballot this year. We need a clean sweep of the Board, then of the District. Wilson & Ubalde need to go, and we’ll get the rest when their terms come up.


  10. September 2, 2014 @ 9:05 pm wharf rat

    Any Shcool board candidate would be wise to take a position on the up-coming school bond as they will be responsible in part for spending the loot if this rip off is voted for .Those that oppose it will have a better chance of being elected , as it will be unpopular with those that vote …


    • September 3, 2014 @ 6:12 am Anon

      Just google Vallejo and bullying and view how the board ignored the pleas of parents of bullied students. One student wrote a suicide note. Waterman sat there with Wilson and did not ally their concerns of the parents nor the students. Just threw out some intellectual conversation, but just passively went along with Wilson’s antics. Adrienne Waterman won because she touted her success with the community building of the city park playground. Waterman is great for community involvement, but disappointed many of us who supported her. Many who supported her have left the district. I won’t be surprise to see her pull out her own child from VCUSD very soon, and if she does, I won’t blame her a bit. But isn’t that sad that so many of us who have supported Vallejo for so long, are fed up and leaving. We were involved and active. But are any of the candidates going to have the mettle to be confronting or just passively be nice so that everyone likes them? Touting your success with community gardens and Loma Vista Farm is not going to go far. Because we have heard this record before, and it broke. What are you going to do to support teachers and parents who actually want their kids to be safe and successful? Employees are leaving the district, they can’t get substitutes to fill the vacancies, because the substitutes quit because of the danger and chaos in the classroom.


  11. September 3, 2014 @ 9:12 am tramky

    Is Common Core being brought into VCUSD? And did Vallejo get any of the Central American child trafficking kids perpetrated by the Federal government? Word is that Pelosi kept them away from the Bay Area but what is the truth of it?


  12. September 3, 2014 @ 9:25 am Shelee Loughmiller

    There has been an unfortunate turn of events for one candidate, John Lewis. He broke his leg a couple of weeks ago and last Friday decided to pull out of the race so that he can recover from the injury.

    For my detailed response to the comments in this string, please visit the Blog Tab on my website: AND/OR attend the upcoming forums where you can hear from all the candidates.
    Thanks for all the thought provoking and challenging questions, they will help all of us bring the best solutions and ideas to the surface.


  13. September 3, 2014 @ 2:00 pm Salido de mer

    1. Is the VCUSD providing quality education opportunities to all children? If yes, stop and go watch another episode of Modern Family. If no, go to question 2.

    2. Current local education issues can be resolved through status quo and “best practices”. If yes, watch reruns of “Movin on Up”. If no, go to question 3.

    3. Is public education a political (right/left)issue ? If yes, watch CSPAN congressional debates.If no, go to question 4.

    4. Is school district direction, vision, leadership modelling a primary function of the board? If yes, go to question 5. If no, explain in a ten page essay just where these attributes will originate. A proper thesis, spelling, grammar, logic and unity are required.

    5. Can a school board be better structured to provide transparency, accountability and responsibility that results in an effective and efficient delivery of public education. If yes, congratulations, you have arrived at the inconvenient truth. Board reform/restructure is in order. If no, grab some popcorn and watch Dancing with the Stars.

    Conclusion: The best candidate can articulate a specific strategy to reconstitute a Board that is more responsive to community, student, staff needs. The key is articulation and not just a regurgitation of “best practices” bromides that sound good but which are educational means without clear ends.

    So far…….chirp…………chirp……….chirp.


  14. September 3, 2014 @ 9:03 pm Bong Hit

    Does anyone else have the visual imagery of a merry go round when thinking about the school board elections. Well meaning people want to get elected and jump up on one of the painted wooden ponies. Round and round they go, whoopee! Wave to the crowd, hi mom!

    The problem is no matter how well someone rides the painted wooden ponies, the merry go round doesn’t change position. It spins around in the same place but that’s all. The merry go round is placed where the political leaders of the state want it placed. At the local level we are powerless to make meaningful changes.


    • September 3, 2014 @ 9:41 pm Salty Dog

      I strongly disagree with you,Bong, but in the nicest way possible.

      The merry-go-round analogy is good but not perfect….like some school boards.

      The reality is that the speed can be adjusted, more horses can be added and the riders can do what they want with their horse- from nothing to painting psychedelic colors. All the riders can dismount and decide to build a roller coaster from the merry go round parts (admittedly a challenge) and with all heading in the right direction, discover some novel approach to governance and organization.

      Of course, the riders need to be first aware that it doesn’t have to be a merry-go-round and second, it is within their power to change rides.

      As for state political leaders, they are only concerned about bean usage and have no appetite for involvement in thorny local values issues. Probably a good thing for direct local democracy. IMO


      • September 3, 2014 @ 9:52 pm worthlessbishop

        The Board has one employee, the superintendent. They don’t work for her – she works for them. They seem to be perfectly happy with Ramona’s job performance, even though she has failed the community, the staff, and the students of Vallejo. She is worse than Gladys.


        • September 3, 2014 @ 10:16 pm Salty Dog

          So, how then would you characterize a successful Superintendent in terms of community, stuents and staff? What management/style/philosophy/characteristics would demonstrate success?


    • September 3, 2014 @ 10:32 pm wharf rat

      In fact we are at a historical point , In Community , oversight of , Public Education ………. The Crap Espoused by the School District is just
      mere PAP … This Cabal has worn out it’s Effectiveness …. Children continue to be the victims , of both a Dysfunctional Shool board and a
      Totally Dysfunctional Administration …… We remember when it was A Great School system ……. When this Crashed we removed our Children from this Disaster …. Post Gladis Philips Evans … the person who , almost singlehandedly DESTROYED the Vallejo School system …….. Never can one person have such an effect on a , once proud and effective Organization ….. The Teachers we lost , are of epic proportions ,, some are Recognised state wide ,,, yes Vallejo was cutting edge ,, we were a Meca of public Education ,, and in short order became A historic bailout , screwed up District …… Not ever can one person , impact Our Public Education system such that She did …… Her overall cost to our Community might just be in the billions ……. All while there was a School Board , in place ,,, food for thought ….. Vote very carefully ………………


      • September 4, 2014 @ 10:34 am Salty Dog

        What happened to Gladis Philips Evans? Was she and her cohorts ever charged?

        Also, is it a prerequisite that the Super is AA? Oops, racist query.


        • September 4, 2014 @ 8:53 pm Bong Hit

          The way politics work in the state of California Salty, it wasn’t politically feasible to prosecute a Black women, a democrat working within a affirmative action system, in the public education field.

          That’s the position of the merry go round here in California. It is what it is and thus highlights the futility of local people thinking they can make a difference by riding the painted wooden ponies. When the taxpayer can’t even get discovery in a court of law for millions of dollars squandered on nepotism and crooked accounting of public funds, it is futile to think we Vallejoans will be able to make a significant course correction in public education. Ain’t gonna happen.

          Home school, Charter school or Private school.


          • September 4, 2014 @ 10:19 pm Salty Dog

            I understand your pessimism and I understand why the previous Super may not have faced legal action given the uber political correctness and left wing pervasiveness that has existed in California. But I can’t turn my back on what school boards represent.

            There are very few ways left in which direct interfaces exist between elected reps and the public. School boards can still fulfill that vital sensitivity to local needs/wants/visions when there is a will to take on that role. But it requires a well thought strategy and considerable leadership and a good dollop of courage to disrupt/reform the current status quo.

            As I suggested earlier, there is no reason why the Board could not be expanded to seven, like the City Council. There is no reason why the Board could switch to zonal representation of trustees. These strategies can be accomplished locally under the corporate board’s autonomous direction.

            That gets us off, or at least slows the merry-go-round fiasco because it instantly promotes more transparency, accountability and individual responsibility while also producing policies more reflective of the community.

            Such a sea change could be an example of the power and potency of local governance….not unlike the PB initiative of city council. Unfortunately, change doesn’t come easily.

            But it is worth the effort. Doing what is best for kids is a worthy endevour and one, I would argue, that is far more onerous than issues faced by municipal governance.

  15. September 4, 2014 @ 3:23 pm wharf rat

    She walked and probably got a fat severance package i really don’t know , at that time we had been vcusd refugees for some time , a huge loss and a big cost …


  16. September 6, 2014 @ 10:34 am Loughmiller and Bishop

    “Dr. Bishop has proven herself a leader with a vision for excellence and I wholeheartedly support the tough decisions that she and the School Board have made.” — Shelee Loughmiller

    Went to Ms. Loughmiller’s blog as she recommended and found no answers to the questions she was asked here. A brief search of the internet, however, turned up this letter to the Times-Herald from May 2013. If she has since changed her position, she is welcomed to share her current views, otherwise I’d say this letter speaks for itself:

    The TEAM to LEAD

    I would like to thank Dr. Ramona Bishop and her team for their dedication and tenacity in moving the district forward. With the recent release of the Grand Jury report I sincerely hope that, rather than malign the administration’s efforts and accomplishments to turn a flailing system around, the VEA will work in a collaborative manner to support the actions that must occur to remedy what ails us all as a community. The goal of improving our student’s performance and developing strong citizens at the same time is not a feat for the weak of heart. Dr. Bishop has proven herself a leader with a vision for excellence and I wholeheartedly support the tough decisions that she and the School Board have made.

    VCUSD and the School Board have actively engaged the best and brightest ideas in education along with the most innovative and exciting programs to make substantial progress on issues such as improving test scores and lowering the drop out rate. From the Community Schools concept that addresses the needs of the whole family system to aggressively partnering with public and private agencies to increase funding, to emerging from receivership, this administration is just hitting its stride.

    We are all aware of the challenges ahead that must be addressed to improve the safety and welfare of students and teachers. It is with confidence that I say this is the TEAM that will LEAD us through the darkest times into the shining sun.

    Our kids deserve nothing less than the best VCUSD and VEA have to offer one another.

    The Friends of Loma Vista Farm are grateful for the opportunity to serve the children you have courageously entrusted us with. We look forward to deepening our partnership to bring healthy food to the tables of the families now enjoying our organically grown produce.

    Keep up the good and worthy work, our community’s families need you all working together to get the job done.

    Shelee Loughmiller
    President of the Board
    Friends of Loma Vista Farm


    • September 7, 2014 @ 8:56 am Bong Hit

      We all understand the definition of insanity and yet, we see the same progressive approach to public education year after year. When will progressives get the message? How many parents will have to pull their kids out of the public schools? How many quality teachers will have to leave the district? How long will progressive education leaders allow violence to be committed against sweet little innocent children and their teachers before they act to remove the serial bullies from the general school population?

      This has been going on for over 40 years. Perhaps progressivism is approaching a tipping point and the general public is slowly beginning to awake from a long slumber.


  17. September 7, 2014 @ 2:28 am wharf rat

    Yuck ….. My Children were ripped off by VCUSD Criminals , only when we got them into different School Districts , where they whole
    they are now thriving ….. The VCUSD cost our Family over , one hundred thousand dollars …. This district , might be the biggest deficit in modern history , and now wants to float a bond ………… Over my dead body I will not pay dime one towards this scam , not a single cent period ….. This Organisation is incompetent , having cost us so much , who can argue with us … No matter the vote , refuse to pay for a corrupt Organization … And further just how much public funds have been spent on this bond measure , we need full disclosure NOW not your bs obfuscation , like when you did not air the Board meetings ,,, ‘oh whoops I forgot’ my dog ate the cd ….. if VIB DID NOT KICK YOUR ASS there just might still be no public meeting access via the community …. We need full disclosure re ; the bond measure cost , as well as a certified accounting of prop 30 or the ‘local control’ measure for disadvantaged
    districts , that some estimate at seventeen million dollars , while district claims it to be closer to thirteen million dollars …. A four million dollar difference is not acceptable , too much room for bad business , like in the good old days when many broke the law and none went to prison ………….. Im done paying locally as I have paid my dues for decades to come , you have tapped me …….


  18. September 15, 2014 @ 6:40 am Anon

    Check out “fix our schools Vallejo” the campaign propaganda for Measure E school tax, Shelee Loughmiller is on that committee. Will not vote for her.


  19. September 15, 2014 @ 11:05 am Publicus

    I hear that kids going back to Vallejo schools after summer vacation are sitting is sweltering classrooms where the air conditioning doesn’t work with NO teachers. So the VUSD strategy to extract more tax money is to torture and hold the kids hostage like Boka Haram until we pay up? “Poor us, poor us…give us more money and we will reset the thermostats and hire teachers”. No more money until the criminal gang at VUSD headquarters and their previous cabal is prosecuted! No more fluffy unicorn talk or “rebranding”.

    Note to parents….. It is YOUR job to keep your kids safe. If the school district cannot GUARANTEE your kids’ safety, then get them out of Vallejo schools. Home school them, move to a decent town and live in a cheap apartment, put them in private school. When I lived in Oakland, I knew of parents who rented tiny apartments in Lafayette so they had the appropriate address and they lived there during the week returning home to Oakland on the weekends. My kids went to a special “unity” school in Oakland for three weeks one summer until they got beat up. Looking into the blue eyes of my tiny blond haired daughter who sobbed “I didn’t do anything to those girls”, I fully understood reverse racism. (my next door neighbor was an administrator with the Oakland schools) I got a heavy guilt trip from my neighbor when I pulled my kids out because they needed that illusion of diversity for their special funding. Desperate times call for desperate measures. The school is NOT a babysitter or a place for a “free” meal…it is your kid’s future. Sending innocent kids to Vallejo schools will give them PTSD for life.


    • September 15, 2014 @ 1:14 pm wharf rat

      a district of this size will need major projects for sure , but after reviewing the propaganda much of the work required is the result of a lack of maintenance and minor repair typically done on a daily basis by facilities maintenance departments … I saw photos of failed installations and poor workmanship funded by measure A
      monies , that should have a much longer lifetime … It is clear that OUR measure A funds were not spent wisely ,, deferred maintenance has been the norm , this is an old scam — you re-direct normal revenue to administration while spending bond money on items normally funded by existing revenue .. Many of these maintenance issues are inexcusable and show a wholesale lack of quality facilities management / planning
      VCUSD can have a swing shift of qualified maintenance staff , or subcontractors there are also weekends and summer , such that most of these issues could have been resolved as we go , not deferred until they build up to multi million dollar projects .. When generic maintenance projects are put off for ages such as painting a restroom and then become a line item of a multi million dollar bond rip-off it shows me OUR past bond money was squandered ‘they could not even perform routine maintenance’ had the whole facilities maintenance / management function been out sourced with dedicated funding we would have received ‘real value for OUR measure A money .. And had some accountability for OUR tax dollars …


      • September 15, 2014 @ 1:47 pm Salty Dog

        Is there such a thing as A Physical Plant Maintenance Committee with board representation that reports back to the Board on a regular basis? Just wondering.

        Without an oversight board function in this area, I don’t support any bond measure that is unable to provide on-going monitoring of targeted funding.

        Given the District’s abysmal financial record, nor should you.


        • September 15, 2014 @ 2:38 pm wharf rat

          There should be , other wise Administration will try to milk the funds again , we have been stacking the bunker on MI with Phd’s when in fact we needed skilled trades people and maintenance supervisors .. VCUSD needs an ‘A’ team with in house capability as well as the ability to quickly contract out when needed .. This works best when contracted out aka an OEM contract , these have been very successful in the university environment which is more complex / intensive than public schools are … In fact if this crappy bond passes we would be better served by contracting out the whole enchilada to an asset management firm thereby ensuring a modicum of accountability and real value ….. I served on a School facility board post measure A we prioritized projects and ensured the proper methods and materials were used to ensure longevity , value and a nice school-scape for our Students … This was a School by School function where the Principal Reported to district , having several technical people on the board we actually made progress and contributed , but this was in the day before Gladys Evans torpedoed the district , back when Principals ran exceptional Schools and the Parents were involved .. Asset management firms get paid to get the work done ‘NOT JUST BE THERE’ many offer turnkey services from accounting to major planning and execution , this could save the district many millions , help the schools immensely and actually streamline the admin function …


  20. September 16, 2014 @ 8:31 am Salado Pero

    Contracting out is an interesting option, but why reinvent the wheel?

    A properly constructed and constituted committee system would put the public back in public education.

    Constituted means representation from administration, teachers the Board and students, reporting back regularly in public meetings. In such a regime, the Superintendent, hired by the Board is one of multiple voices obliged to pay attention to committee recommendations.


  21. September 17, 2014 @ 3:46 pm Civic Minded Mench

    It’s been 17 years since the last bond measure was passed to improve the schools. I’m concerned that the bond issue is so large and how that will impact the folks on fixed incomes who actually own their homes. However, it’s clearly stated in the bond measure wording that there will be an Oversight Committee and a “properly constructed and constituted committee system” sounds very responsible. Districts all over the state come back to the electorate every 5-7 years for maintenance funding but that hasn’t been the case in Vallejo. The potholes in our streets are nothing compared to the lack of 21st Century technology and safety upgrades needed in our schools. Are we to wait another 20 years to fix the schools because of the sins of the past administrations?

    By the way, voting against Loughmiller for being on the committee in support of modernizing the schools is ludicrous. From what I’ve seen in actually speaking with her is that she is thoughtful, intelligent, independent and understands the complexities of the tenuous financial situation the district is in. I’m supporting Loughmiller and so are a lot of the parents I know in this community.


  22. September 17, 2014 @ 5:14 pm Anonymous

    At the next School Board forums and fundraising dates, ask the candidates what is their opinion about disciplining K-12 kids. The current NFL issue on the Vikings RB Peterson using the switch on his kid is an interesting one, for example, given the unruly behavior of a certain demographic in Vallejo schools. Specifically, would the School Board candidates allow for Vallejo K-12 parents or School Staff to discipline the kids in like manner in connection with unruly behavior on school property?


    • September 17, 2014 @ 10:34 pm wharf rat

      The NFL has , nothing to do with , how we raise our Children , in fact it can be seen as a , violent influence , A promoter of violence ‘a hit hard ‘ and take no responsibility , for , the promoted actions , many are trained for …. Back in the day it was all about , just how Athletic a player was , now it is about , doing damage with no consequences ….. This is not much different than the street violence culture , that pervades our City streets …. Food for thought ………….


      • September 17, 2014 @ 11:11 pm wharf rat

        Salt , well in a perfect world mabe , but in this real world , things need to be understood …… Contracting out breaks the cycle of complacency , and in fact , by nature delivers the pure form of ‘supply and demand’ ….. most ancillary or even fundamental functions that are provided by a School District , that are provided by a Dysfunctional Cabal of entrenched Beauracrats have so many flaws , that the Parents , both joke about it all while , wishing to , both eliminate it and re-invent it ……. Thus alternatives come to mind ,,,Vallejo is


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