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Have an opinion on Ravenswood school district's superintendent pick? Here's how you can make your voice heard.

Firm gathering feedback on qualities community wants to see in new leader

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The Ravenswood City School District is seeking feedback to inform the hiring of the East Palo Alto district's next superintendent through two upcoming public meetings and an online survey.

The meetings will take place Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 6-7:30 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 24, from 10-11:30 a.m. in the board room at the district office, 2120 Euclid Ave., East Palo Alto.

Interim Superintendent Gina Sudaria, a longtime Ravenswood administrator, has led the K-8 East Palo Alto district for a year since former superintendent Gloria Hernandez-Goff was forced to resigned.

Despite teachers and community members who urged the board to conduct an internal search for a new superintendent, which would likely result in Sudaria's permanent appointment, trustees decided to launch an external search. The decision was not unanimous, with two of the most recently elected trustees, Stephanie Fitch and Tamara Sobomehin, expressing support for an internal search.

The board has hired southern California-based search firm Leadership Associates to oversee the hiring process, including facilitating the public input meetings.

At the meetings, community members will be asked to give feedback on personal and professional qualities they'd like to see in the next superintendent and the strengths and challenges of the K-8 school district.

People can also provide input through the online survey, which will be available on the district website through March 5. Leadership Associates consultants will compile a summary of the survey results and share them with the school board.

Anyone unable to access the online survey can send written responses to Penny Pyle of Leadership Associates at ppyle@leadershipassociates.org. People can also request to speak with a consultant by sending an email to the same address.

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8 people like this
Posted by John Denos
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Mar 9, 2020 at 9:50 am

I did data quality and benefits at Ravenswood.

Sudaria personally launched her own ME TOO campaign against myself in 2014. She had three people say that I had done something to sexually harass them. The Superintendent had a County investigator interview all the people involved and the results were that the accusations were unfounded. A 90 page report... all because of Sudaria's scheming.

She was ticked off that I took charge and had my own interview with the investigator because she was unable to manipulate the situation. I know this because she called my manager (Miss. Woods) and I overheard the conversation.

It was a small victory and felt so nice.


8 people like this
Posted by John Denos
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Mar 9, 2020 at 9:57 am

This ME TOO event actually occurred in 2016... which makes more sense because of the election.

The accusations were almost a year old when she filed the report against me.

witch hunt...!


9 people like this
Posted by John Denos
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Mar 9, 2020 at 10:01 am

This ME TOO event actually occurred in 2016... which makes more sense because of the election.

The accusations were almost a year old when she filed the report against me.

witch hunt...!

I did data quality and benefits at Ravenswood.

Sudaria personally launched her own ME TOO campaign against myself in 2016. She had three people say that I had done something to sexually harass them. The Superintendent had a County investigator interview all the people involved and the results were that the accusations were unfounded. A 90 page report... all because of Sudaria's scheming.

She was ticked off that I took charge and had my own interview with the investigator because she was unable to manipulate the situation. I know this because she called my manager (Miss. Woods) and I overheard the conversation.

It was a small victory and felt so nice.


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Mar 10, 2020 at 1:03 pm

John Denos has no credibility. We all know who his mama is.


7 people like this
Posted by Something About Sudaria
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Mar 16, 2020 at 9:28 pm

I agree with Jonh Denos even though I did not like his mother that much. I believe that Sudaria is the wrong person to move this district forward. She has been wasting our students' funds in many different ways: She gave 2,000 dollars to each district employee who returned to work for the school year 2019-2020 (think how much was this there are a lot 170 teacher plus I do not know how many classified and administrative employees). She said that administration employees were not going to get raises, but she did something even worst, she changed the name of some position that resulted in higher salaries in some cases 30,000 - to 40,000 more per year. This secretaries have a higher salary then a secretary and they do not need to have credentials. she paid a company 30,000 dollars to do a CBO Search, and in the end, she got no one to work as a CBO. Sudaria threw a big Christmas Party at a bar "Michaels At Shoreline,'' and spend a lot of money which we did not have. Sudaria was not that great as a principal, the students in her school were doing so bad that the state had to give $ and that is why they got better, not because she was good. As an HR she was not good either and because of that, they move her to the Student Services. I cannot say if she was good there or not. I only speak the facts. The board members need to dig deeper before they give the job to Sudaria, if they do not, they will be making a big mistake. Ask Hernandez if you do not believe me that she did a bad job as a principal and as an HR director. People have this belief that because she was good and moved to another department is because she was doing good, but it was the opposite, but Hernandez could not say it or she would have gotten into trouble. Please do not hire Sudaria for such an important job. Our students deserve the best.


7 people like this
Posted by East palo alto resident
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Mar 16, 2020 at 10:17 pm

Please do not hire sudaria she has all the teachers that want her to be the sup. is because she has either did favors or paid them a hire salary to vote for her look at her secretary she makes more than the mot how does that happen.
Look at all the schools are not safe.
do to locks not being installed correctly teachers and staff don't have access because they don't have keys.she has hired or promoted people that do not have a clue as to what they are doing.and one thing RMS school is not the right choice someone is going to seriously get hurt because no one is watching them or are not capable.
Sudaria is not the right person she is worse than gloria and all the teachers should be leaders and not followers.and what i'm seeing right now teachers who are followers and not looking for the students education.


6 people like this
Posted by east palo alto resident
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Mar 17, 2020 at 8:06 am

if Gina Sudaria gets the job is because the board members are not capable
of doing their job and will also look bad because they spent 25k to look for the right person,hoping the firm they hired is looking for the one that really
stands out and will look out for the students best interest and for the teachers best interest. teachers only support Gina to get what they want like raises,
promotions and so on. "corruption is worse than when Dr. Hernandez was in charge"
please board members do what is best for the students and for teachers and staff that support the education for our future do not jeopardize the future
of Ravenswood City School District,please parents speak up.


6 people like this
Posted by Make a change
a resident of Menlo Park
on Mar 18, 2020 at 2:31 pm

No Sudaria please. Get someone with ties to Hernandez. Sudaria was part of the corruption. She said she knew about it but could not reported because she would loose her job. We do not want people who are afraid of standing up for our kids. If the board members knew better Sudaria would be out by now. Teachers want her because they could do whatever they want and she would not hold them accountable table. She is too friendly.


5 people like this
Posted by Not Sudaria
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Mar 18, 2020 at 6:50 pm

I agree with the former person who posted. We need someone neutral who knows what she is doing and has no connections to Sudaria. Sudaria tried to clean house, but she did not take herself to the trash. Board members, please get somebody new. All the people who are advocating for Sudaria are she ones who got a raise or a promotion from her. Like one of the board members said it is not a popularity contest. It is about who is more qualified to do the job and move the district forward and not just put on a show. Sudaria will take this district down.


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