Monday, August 25, 2014

Letter to the Editor - Calaveras Schools slated for closure -

Saturday, August 23rd 2014 was a day that will long be remembered in Calaveras County.

Calaveras Unified School District  Superintendent Mark Campbell's recommendation that he be given authority to close down a number of schools in the more rural areas of our county to meet the demands of a balanced budget that he, his Financial Analyst and administrative team botched, was given the green light from the Calaveras Unified Board of Trustees by a vote of 4/1 with Trustee Greg Gustafson as the only vote not in favor.

Also on a 4/1 vote, Gustafson dissenting, the Calaveras Unified Board of Trustees again reaffirmed the two controversial $16,000 raises for the Superintendent's Administrative staffers.

Those supporting Campbell couched any discussion or calls for accountability from the public as "uncivil" and "finger pointing" in an attempt to squelch the very emotional crowd.

After Saturday's 4 hour fiasco of a school board meeting this is about all that comes to my mind.



Community Schools

As with most issues of our day, we see the demise of cherished and beloved institutions ravaged by the careless mismanagement of self absorbed false leaders who cry foul along with their paid cheering section when anyone dares to question their integrity, accountability and overburdensome wages paid for by the hard working citizens who stand in awe with disbelief.

How did this happen?

Slowly but surely as good people saw things that weren't right but decided to "go with the flow" and "not make waves".

That's how.

Calaveras County
Supervisor Spellman