As a longtime Davis resident, it pains me to see what has happened to our school district over the past few years under the watchful eye of Superintendent Winfred Roberson. To recap, Roberson ascended to the superintendent position straight off a short tenure as Davis High School Principal. He immediately showed his inexperience by botching the Jeff Christensen firing, making statements to the press that should have remained confidential between employee and employer.
Since then, things have only gotten worse. The athletics program is in shambles and coaches are experiencing a level of board micromanagement that is unprecedented.
The GATE program dispute has fractured well-intentioned parents, teachers and community members. Our District Advanced Placement participation numbers are embarrassing for a school the size of Davis High School. District Academic Performance Index (API) scores show tremendous underperformance. Do parents know that all California public schools are judged by their similar schools ranks? Ten (10) is considered the top school for schools with the same demographics and one (1) is the bottom. Here are the facts: Birch Lane, Korematsu, Pioneer, and Harper are “1” schools, while Davis High, Da Vinci, and Holmes are “2” schools. No district school scores higher than a six (6). Look no farther than the South Placer (Roseville, Dry Creek, Rocklin) to see schools that are outperforming our schools with, in many cases, more diverse populations.
What is common thread? Superintendent Roberson. Whose inexperience has led the Davis School Board to essentially “take the reins” from the superintendent and become involved in issues that should be managed by the administration? Superintendent Roberson.
It is time for the community to take back our school district. Please take the time to do your own research; I believe you will come to the same conclusions and encourage you to speak out.