Feeling let down

By From page A10 | March 23, 2014

In response to school board trustees Shelia Allen’s and Susan Lovenburg’s recent letter to the editor (March 19, 2014), I respectfully disagree that “The best interest of the students” was the determining factor in the board’s decision.

When Nancy Peterson began filing formal complaints against Davis High School volleyball coach Julie Crawford, she was not only a parent but also an elected school board trustee who approved personnel decisions.

That’s a huge distinction.

As the district’s attorneys began generating “billable hours” for this internal personnel investigation, again initiated by trustee Peterson and her husband, Peterson voted to approve the expenditures (estimated to be at least $22,000).

Specifically, why isn’t this a conflict of interest? Furthermore, why didn’t one of trustee Peterson’s former colleagues simply take her aside and have such a conversation? Perhaps the teachable moment is this, “let the bullies rule.”

Over the years, without exception, I have supported parcel tax measures that the trustees have placed before the voters and suggested that my friends do the same.

I have always operated with the principle, elected officials must be held to a higher standard. Without hesitation, I have supported trustees Lovenburg and Tim Taylor when their names have appeared on the ballot.

I simply feel, given the boards recent decision regarding coach Julie Crawford, that my friends let me down.

Norb Kumagai

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