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Guest Opinion: Ravenswood's going in the right direction

Original post made on Sep 27, 2019

While there may be tensions at the Ravenswood school district's Board of Trustees, it is important for the entire community to know that the overall energy at the district and school levels have never been stronger.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, September 27, 2019, 6:44 AM

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Posted by Jesusita Rivera
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Sep 27, 2019 at 6:27 pm

Here, here! Well said Ms. Egbert! I second, echo, concur...I AGREE! Excellent article. Couldn’t have said it better myself. I’m a former student of RCSD and now going into my 19th year teaching alongside fabulous educators like Ms. Egbert at Costaño and throughout the district and it is truly a NEW DAY IN RAVENSWOOD ever since Ms. Gina Sudaria took up her role as interim superintendent and let me repeat that the only ones unhappy are the board members, including Ana María Pulido, who were under the old regime. EVERYONE ELSE IS HAPPY AND GRATEFUL that we finally have someone with a vision and heart for the children of East Palo Alto. Thank you Ms. Sudaria! THANK YOU MS. EGBERT for writing this and submitting for publication so all can see what is going on in #oneravenswood.

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Posted by Concerned parent
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Sep 27, 2019 at 10:43 pm

I am with Pulido I believe we need to look for another superintendent because Gina it’s another Gloria teacher open your eyes I know you guys are with Gina because she bought you guys with that race but you guys should look at her second face she’s not fair with other coworkers in the she’s covering up for other employees at the district not saying the truth District and two of the board members out with her you can see that

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Posted by Keep it Going!
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Sep 28, 2019 at 9:17 am

I couldn’t agree more with this article! Morale is at an all time high. Both unions (RTA and CTA) support Ms. Sudaria. Since she’s been in the district for 20 years we know exactly who she is. She is not just taking the talk, she’s walking it. I’ve seen her at my school at least 6 times this year and we’ve only been in school for six weeks. She goes in to classrooms, she talks to kids, parents and staff. She knows and sees what is really happening. We trust her. We trust her because she listens to EVERYONE. We also trust her to hold people accountable and raise the bar for our kids who truly deserve the very best!

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Posted by Dual immersion advocate
a resident of Menlo Park
on Oct 1, 2019 at 12:59 pm

The new leadership is definitely a huge improvement. Just a quick fact check: Los Robles Ronald McNair has no reading specialist/coach- 0/2 positions filled. They have not filled those positions this year, and they did not fill the position last year. This year Los Robles Ronald McNair also is lacking a PE teacher. Hopefully the dual immersion program can be celebrated instead of ignored in the seemingly brighter future of ravenswood. Los Robles has a lot to offer the district with a rise in kinder applications this year- keep going and keep growing despite the inequities!

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Posted by Concerned Community Member
a resident of another community
on Oct 15, 2019 at 6:36 am

Ms. Egbert's attempt to ingratiate herself does not go unnoticed. Reviewing recent test scores posted by the CA State Department of Education, there seems very good reason to look for a strong, experienced capable superintendent. Ms Sudaria has been in the district for more than 20 years and coopted by a system that is not focused on children and learning but rather on the needs of adults in the room.

Clearly, with all of the resources that have poured in to Ravenswood, it is being squandered based upon the test results recently posted.

Ms. Egbert's comments about the superintendent search require comment:

"Although this is standard, we are lucky to already have the best candidate in the position, one who has the expertise and vision to lead this district."

Yes, it is standard practice especially in highly successful districts. How do you know you have the best candidate unless you have something to compare her to. She may emerge as the strongest candidate among a pool - but to avoid opening up the search for a highly qualified superintendent, there is no basis to judge objectively.

Ms/ Egbert's attempt to influence the board to circumvent an important process serves no one except Gina Sudaria. The children and community served by Ravenswood deserve a fair process in order to determine the Board selects the most qualified, experienced leader to move the district forward.

If Ms. Sudaria competes and emerges as that leader, then the District is served. To do less, cheats staff, students and parents.

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