Board is abusing its power

By From page A6 | July 11, 2013

When is the Davis community going to open its eyes to the Board of Education and its lack of transparency toward athletics and the abuse of power/conflict of interest to the sports that their kids play or their friends’ kids play? Do I need to mention softball, volleyball, football and golf? These are all sports where board members, both current and closely removed, have kids participating, and all have controversy or district money donated.

Board members should recuse themselves immediately with decisions regarding anything that their own kids are involved in. Stop micromanaging athletics; you are not a board of athletics.

Our district is lucky to have coaches who put in countless hours and effort for our kids. People are no longer lining up to coach here because of constant scrutiny from our board. Is it really a legitimate reason to fire a coach because you don’t like them, don’t agree with their coaching philosophy/style, or “a board member is not a fan”?

Coaches are set up for failure by our board daily. As a former DHS coach, I find the lack of clear protocol embarrassing. What the public doesn’t know is that the bit you hear regarding this “coaching issue” is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the dysfunction of how our coaches are being treated by our elected board across the district. Where are the checks and balances, or is it just the yearly board “self-evaluation” and our board just oversees themselves?

Coaching is a profession. Many people went to college to be coaches and take coaching classes. It’s not a coincidence that DHS teams win, and it isn’t all due to the talent of the athletes. We have excellent coaches who know what they are doing and are willing to put up with constant turmoil and uncertainty with regard to keeping their jobs.

Stop letting good people go. Veteran coaches are speaking up for good reasons. Pay attention, ask questions, demand transparency, ethics and integrity, defend the Blue Devil tradition and return it to what it once was, something we can all be proud of.

Leigh Whitmire Choate

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