Vallejo School Board Meeting — October 15, 2014 — The Lost Episode (Yes, Another One)

This meeting of the Vallejo School Board never made it onto the district website. Don’t know why…although there was some contentious discussion, specifically review of the very critical WASC report which criticized school officials and raised questions about accreditation. Seems some meetings make it out there for public viewing, and some don’t. VIB will continue to check and post those meetings that fall between the cracks.

Note: Discussion on the WASC Report is is in the later part of the meeting. Will have some useful go to times up shortly.


'Vallejo School Board Meeting — October 15, 2014 — The Lost Episode (Yes, Another One)' have 13 comments

  1. November 7, 2014 @ 3:55 pm Novv 15 timeline

    Timeline VCUSD Special Board Meeting November 15
    4:50 (four minutes 50 seconds) Purple Heart Presentation
    14:20 Personnel Actions etc.
    20:00 Various parents discussing their experience with Full Service Community Schools
    49:15 Union reps talking about contracts
    53:40 Citizens pro and con discussion about Accreditation report for Vallejo High school. Staff also
    spoke. A few speakers called talked about union contracts
    1: 32 (one hour 32 minutes) Parents talking about full service school experience
    1:39 Campaign manager criticizing Board members
    1:42 American Veterans of Foreign Wars presentation
    1:48 Parents discussing Full Service Community schools experience
    1:58 Presentation by staff about Full service Community Schools
    2:27 VCUSD Board discussing full Service Schools


  2. November 7, 2014 @ 7:13 pm Rude Superintendent

    Why did Ramona Bishop get up and walk away when a citizen, Anzell Loufas, got up to speak. I wasn’t at the meeting and appreciate the video being put up, but I can’t imagine why Bishop felt the need to get up and turn her back on Anzell Loufas’ comments. I seemed extremely rude of her.


    • November 7, 2014 @ 10:39 pm Bong Hit

      In fairness, the long meetings deserve some breaks. I have to pee, I’m going to excuse myself.


    • November 8, 2014 @ 6:26 am Former district employee

      Because Bishop is racist. She hates dealing with white parents who dare complain that their white students are being bullied. I known many white parents and grandparents who she was bitterly rude with. She hates white teachers, that has been proven . She has slammed the phone on a few, and told one of them rudely “well move to Benicia!” Yet, she wants white property owners to pay another tax bond to fund her dictatorship. She is a racist and she should stop ruining our schools.


  3. November 8, 2014 @ 8:26 pm chrissy

    I guess “full service” does not include learning how to read, write & behave in a civil fashion. Not so full service.


    • November 8, 2014 @ 10:04 pm Salty Dog

      Full service community schools are nothing new as a concept/ theory now “streamlined “(Bishop) through a computerized process/systems approach The idea has been around a long time and designed to provide a network of social services to identified students that lack resources….as well as picking up some federal and state funding. As a means to combat the student inequities found in the District., it is a strategy worthy of, at least trying. But, lets be clear, it, along with Restorative Justice is just that- one strategy.

      The real meat in PE is in providing and maintaining a safe, secure and inviting learning environment. Trustee Wilson indicates there are no instant fixes, no magic bullet. Bullshit.

      There are a number of potential fixes. All you have to do is ask around.


      • November 8, 2014 @ 11:02 pm wharf rat

        Well stated Salt , Many of these Programs , did not evolve from the wisdom of the many Phd’s employed by our District , rather they were bought and paid for ….. The wisdom of our long term Teachers , trumps all of this crap …
        Most of these packaged , programs are a perceived panacea for a District that really does not have a clue ….. This last School board election is a prime example ….. If we had an adequate local newspaper , things might be much different
        meanwhile VUSD buys their ‘PROGRAMS’ and foists them off as ORIGINAL developments …. Many can see the lies , this Community has more PHD’S than the District , something to keep in mind ….


        • November 9, 2014 @ 12:09 am Salty Dog


          If I was a newly elected trustee, I would press/lobby/cajole my colleagues to make a motion to strike a committee to examine expanding the Board to seven or nine trustees elected under a zonal system. Implemented, this would immediately and like a magic bullet:

          -change the dynamics and diversity of discussion/debate
          – help prevent cozy organizational relationships
          – make trustees more accountable in their zones
          – reduce the block voting effect
          – be more transparent and more interactive with the public

          And reduce the incessant obsession with race/ethnicity/religion which is, in itself, an insult to Public Education and an educated mind.


  4. November 9, 2014 @ 7:44 am Bong Hit

    I think there’s an important issue to observe when listening to the different perspectives of teachers and parents talking about the school culture. For many of the black people, they may have been desensitized to violence and mayhem in their own communities and families. Through no fault of their own and for the thousands of the majority good black people, they are victimized by a few bad apples. These bad apples exert cultural pressure on the school campus and off site so that the normally mild mannered kids are forced to adopt a militant attitude. It’s a primitive culture, a culture of violence and intimidation straight out of the jungle. By contrast, those parents and teachers both black and white who have been raised in nurturing environments, absent of mayhem and violence see almost complete dysfunction and violence in the schools.

    This is nothing new, we’ve lived with this situation for decades in Vallejo but now there is a big, big difference. This current administration has embarked on a strategy of capitulation to the violent elements in the student body. They are attempting to “save” the dysfunctional student and the dysfunctional culture by accommodation. The results are pretty clear, a mass exodus of parents and teachers from the district coupled with multiple negative independent assessment reports should inform even a mildly intelligent observer that people are voting with their feet.

    It may be an intractable problem that cannot be solved with the ever increasing numbers of poor black families being brought into Vallejo. Many black people may be seduced into believing that racism is at the root of all the criticism over this administration. It’s like yelling at a minivan full of people that they’re headed for a cliff and they need to turn immediately or disaster will ensue. The windows roll down and the driver and passenger yell back, you racist!


    • November 9, 2014 @ 12:24 pm Salty Dog

      “It’s like yelling at a minivan full of people that they’re headed for a cliff and they need to turn immediately or disaster will ensue. The windows roll down and the driver and passenger yell back, you racist!”

      Great analogy, Bong.


  5. November 9, 2014 @ 7:42 pm wharf rat

    Salt you are so right ,’ NOBODY WANTS’ the Student class to be excommunicated from the Society et all
    Rather We want them to Exceed …. And Excell …. this current District , places more emphasis on their own
    Self importance , rather the ones they Serve … We have heard all about the ‘programs’ most of witch have been bought , yet are foisted off as Original , developments , via this brilliant Administration …. Well WE JUST DONT buy this BS …. WE know better …. Some remember when this District was , one of the top Districts in California , IN ALL RESPECTS AND WILL NOT FORGET THIS , AND WILL BE ALIVE FOR ANOTHER 30 PLUS YEARS …. SO NICE TRY RAMONA … please consider another district to Occupy and further screw up , with your ELECtioneering , and top down regressive crap …. You are worth less than one of our Top Teachers …. Many who have left Our District …. Time to move on ….


    • November 10, 2014 @ 8:50 pm John_K

      Thanks, WR, for the food for thought… I voted out the incumbents, but one of ’em got back in. Hopefully we’ll have a better Board next season. Happy to see Measure E go down… Dr. Schussel warned those greedy boneheads… they could have got $90 million, no prob… but they just had to throw that hail mary to get 250 mill, requiring 2/3 majority… now they get nothing. Fookin’ morons.


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