Is the school board over the line?

By From page B4 | April 28, 2013

Thanks to Dave Whitmire for the heads up on a critical situation concerning the coaching staff at Davis High and supplying us with a superb perspective on the apparent abuse of power by a few members of the school board.

We should be grateful that some of our board members were of sound mind and rejected this obvious attempt to abuse their power. Having elected officials overstep their authority is shocking, but sadly, not all that surprising. As mentioned by others, if they saw fit to insert themselves at this stage of the process, they should have done so openly and expressed their reasons in an open forum.

I have no idea what Julie Crawford could have done, probably nothing, to initiate such punitive action, such as attempting to yank her VSA at the final stage. I assume Julie was reviewed and approved by the athletic director, principal, HR and the superintendent. In spite of this, two board members must have had a personal agenda, which may have had to do with their own children.

I remember an article in The Enterprise in which the principal stated she would not be returning to the high school next year because she had philosophical differences with the school board. Perhaps this is an example of a philosophical differences. I think you can assume the principal was approached on this issue and came down on the side of the coach. Given that the board did not renew her contract, we must now wonder who will replace her and will they have the strength to resist parental involvement, even if that parent happens to be a member of the board. If someone with uncompromising integrity, like the current principal, does not fill the position, the fox will be in the hen house before you know it, and all coaches will be looking over their shoulder.

Dave and I have 20 plus years of coaching at DHS, and we were given the respect of the administrators, as well as the school board. So what steps are being taken to make DHS that way again?

Ashley Yudin

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