gwendolyn

gwendolyn 7 years, 3 months ago on Board selects Smyser

Oh, and about that $175,000 buyout of Sandra's 3rd year of her contract....doesn't anyone have concerns about it? Further, didn't the guy she replaced 2 years ago (Zimring had been acting superintendent for the entire year before she was hired there) get re-hired to replace her with this buyout?

sigh.

The sand must be really, really deep in the Steamboat School District.

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gwendolyn 7 years, 3 months ago on Board selects Smyser

LOL!

What a very, very small world it is....

Carpinteria has a very "quaint" school district with very, very small town views...a school district I was oh so familiar with not that long ago when I worked in the county and my kids were enrolled there...

I'm quite certain finding housing was easy and much "cheaper" for Sandra here than anywhere in the Santa Barbara region or the Valley. Girl, you are going to miss the beach!

Good luck. You'll need it. Steamboat is definitely NOT the Valley, beach, or a climate-controlled picnic. By any means.

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gwendolyn 7 years, 6 months ago on Strawberry Park principal applicants to visit

  1. Moved away. Did NOT drop lawsuit. Ties to the community are still there.

  2. Won't be private once the lawsuit moves forward. While the school board talks about a lack of willingness to "settle" issues peacefully without a lawsuit (to the Pilot), they have no qualms whatsoever about stonewalling any sort of peaceful settlement at all with students/parents. And I'm not even writing about a MONETARY settlement.

  3. Since you don't have children Matt, I sincerely doubt that reprisal is of any concern to you at all.

  4. Doubtful anything I've written at this point could be "held against me" -- or my son.

  5. Takes a lot of money to live in Steamboat, no doubt about it. Takes even more money to defend your kid's rights when they are abused.

Question for you Matt: How do you feel about unsolicited religious recruitment of students ON CAMPUS and the distribution of unsolicited religious material to same students?

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gwendolyn 7 years, 6 months ago on Strawberry Park principal applicants to visit

Matt,

You bore me. You have no children and little first hand knowledge or experience with the schools in Steamboat AS A PARENT. Gotta have kids in the school system before you can even have a clue on this one.

Salary packages for principals and vps is NOT low in Steamboat. In fact, it's a very nice income. I just finished a review of the high schools in Denver and Colorado Springs and was surprised to find a very high number of h.s. principles earning 5-20k LESS than what Steamboat pays it's own principles. While the teachers may earn crap, the admin staff at the schools make a helluva lot more -- principles and vice princ. are not 'poor' little babies in Steamboat at all.

I know what the 'average' person earns in Steamboat, Matt. Like, DUH, like, I lived there dude. But no one working within the top tiers of the school system is suffering from a lack of income. And what does any of this part of your post have to do with jack anything on this discussion?

The ONLY thing I was afraid of in Steamboat was some jackass in the school system there putting up MORE road blocks to my son's education and college aspirations. It's not about the kids at all, to SOME of these people. It's about politics and ego and pushing people around.

Now go away Matt. You are truly clueless.

gwen

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gwendolyn 7 years, 6 months ago on Strawberry Park principal applicants to visit

Um, what leads to the high turnover is the "leadership" at that school. Pretty obvious. Apparently not to those who staunchly support that good ol' boy network of "leadership" in Steamboat, though....

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gwendolyn 7 years, 6 months ago on Our View: DeVincentis recall is necessary

Fear of reprisals? Yes, there are vindictive individuals working for the Steamboat Springs School District and my own child was a victim when I spoke out against inappropriate behavior. I'm not afraid anymore, though. My child and I no longer live in Steamboat Springs.

gwen

p.s. The lawsuit against the school district, however, is NOT going to be dropped.

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gwendolyn 7 years, 7 months ago on Board passes resolution on investigation

I'm the one fed up with the poisonous den of b.s. in this gilded valley.

Moving at the end of the month.

WooHoo! Can hardly wait.

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gwendolyn 7 years, 7 months ago on Group begins recall process

I know she's an adult, currently in college I think.

She should still be off limits to the crap going down in this group, regardless of how she became engaged in it all.

But Sunny's response to her was distasteful, at best.

Frankly, this is my last post on any message forum that includes this kind of discussion with the CHILDREN of those in question.

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gwendolyn 7 years, 7 months ago on Group begins recall process

Ms. Gleason,

It pains me to read your postings here. I may or may not support your father's actions but I do know this: as his child you are fighting a battle that should not be in your hands to fight at all.

I admire your desire to support and stand up for your father -- but he's an adult fully capable of defending himself in this situation. Please, let him do so.

Many of the individuals who post on this board banter b.s. back and forth with little to no concerns for the impact on the individuals (or their families) discussed. It's always painful to read negative commentary like this when it directly impacts you or someone you love. But, it is part and parcel to taking on a public position. Your father knows this and knows he must take it in stride, no matter how painful.

By participating on this forum you may or may not be actually helping your father. I'm certain he feels a sense of pride in your desire to stand up for him -- but, if he's truly the decent man you write about then he is no doubt also pained terribly to see you do so.

Love your father and continue to stand by his side. But don't allow yourself to get sucked further into the discussion here. Your energies are better spent elsewhere.

gwendolyn

p.s. Shame on those who would choose to engage this young woman further into this discussion about her father. It's not only unseemly, it completely lacks moral integrity. When it comes to the children of these public figures, BACK OFF! Your commentary and battle with them is entirely out of line and not a winning hand to play.

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gwendolyn 7 years, 7 months ago on Group begins recall process

"...if you live in glass houses..."

Does this mean you think every poster to the Pilot who writes about the need to remove D has done things similar to those D has?

Wow.

What a warped sense of consideration regarding the act of dissension.

Are you a go along to get along kind of gal? Isn't that what the majority of Congress did when Bush sent troops to Iraq? How'd that work out, btw?

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