The Simi Valley School Board Trustees approved the contract extension for Superintendent Scroggin last night. I had a genuine belief that they would hear the opposition and at least delay the decision to discuss it more. Apparently, I am naive.
Currently, my kids are in private school, but after a very public problem with the Grace Brethren High School principal getting caught changing students’ grades and NOT being fired for it, we’re considering enrolling our kids in Santa Susana High School when they reach high school age. While talking to my wife about it, we considered these possibilities:
- Either trust that my oldest son’s future school will eventually deal with their principal who cheated and hope we no longer have to worry about the perception of his eventual high school transcripts
- Support the recall pending outstanding replacement candidates
- Ignore the problem entirely and trust that it will all work out
The first and last options make me feel even more naive than I did last night. But the second option is also unpleasant. I’d like to see change and I’d like to see it now. But I honestly don’t care much for some of the talk I hear from the recall supporters. If we could emphasize the following instead of “secret back room deals” and various conspiracy theories, I could get behind a recall:
- Focus on the risk of financial insolvency and the VCOE’s warnings
- Focus on the lack of transparency from the current board and the fact that many of us know little about the VCOE’s concerns
- Focus on declining enrollment and what appears to be the current board’s position to wait it out rather than proactively improve the situation
- Focus on whether Dr. Scroggin is the best choice for Superintendent in the immediate future and whether or not the current board agrees
If we could do that and drop the drama, I could support a recall.