From Kevin Skelly and the Weekly Communication for February:
"Tuesday night was obviously, hard but particularly hard for parents whose children have had negative experiences in our schools. We are working hard to use all the feedback we are receiving to do better work. Once again, my apologies for not communicating with you fully about the OCR complaints. I look forward to our meeting on February 26 to discuss ways we can do our work better. . . We continue to work cooperatively with OCR to develop sound policies and practices to support all students."
That was February of 2013.
From Skelly's Weekly Communication of February 7, 2014:
"It was valuable to have some time to discuss our efforts to date and the ways in which we, as a governance team, can do even better. I appreciate your feedback on my work and will include it in my thinking about how I can continue to learn and grow. The next five months promise to be present their unique set of challenges, but I am confident in our ability to meet them. . . We will be back at it on Tuesday night. The first item of the night is the approval of the board policies related to our agreement with the Office for Civil Rights."
Well, one could swap the dates and they would state the same empty promises to "do better" and "learn." If you search the paloaltoonline.com archives, you'll find plenty of Skelly apologies and promises to do better, but many in the community do not feel that Skelly has brought competent leadership in almost seven years of 5-0 rubber stamping by the board. Let's go back three years now, also in February:
"In response to parent questions, Skelly repeatedly insisted that the problem was "hard." . . . We would be making more progress if our district leadership were less impressed with the difficulty of the problem and more willing to make fundamental changes to solve it. . . The school board should do the job that we elected it to do and hire leadership that will address the root causes of the crisis of which the recent suicides are merely the most visible part. It is well past time to enforce accountability for our elected and appointed officials."
That was three years ago. Ken Dauber risked ostracizing himself by daring to question the "elected and appointed officials". Is this district better off than three years ago? What did the board evaluate?