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It’s time to move on

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From page A6 | March 19, 2014 |

Much has been said and written in the Davis media about the Crawford/Peterson complaint, and some of it has been speculative. For the record, we briefly recap the appeal process.

The Davis school board reviewed the facts of an independent investigation conducted on behalf of the district, listened closely to the statements of the parties involved in the appeal, then found that a preponderance of the evidence supported the conclusion that a coach made a poor judgment call which had negative consequences for a student.

By the conclusion of the appeal, the independent investigator, the associate superintendent, the superintendent and a majority of the board all concurred that the facts supported this finding.

The evidence demonstrated a poor decision, but not a poor volleyball coach. Poor choices have consequences, in this case, a short-term suspension from coaching. Though the board modified the consequence slightly, it largely reflects the original recommendation of the superintendent and Ms. Crawford is welcome to coach again in the future.

This episode has generated much debate in the community; we trust it will also guide us to greater mindfulness. The board and administration will review and strengthen policies and practices, especially those related to personal conflict of interest and to resolution of complaints. Parents should think carefully where the line lies between advocacy for a child and possible harassment of a coach or teacher. And educators are reminded that the best interest of students should always be the determining factor in a public school environment.

With these lessons in mind, it is time to move on.

Sheila Allen
Susan Lovenburg
Trustees, Davis Joint Unified School District

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  • March 17, 2014 - 5:14 pm

    Nice try, you two, but I'm sorry to say the political damage has been done. The whole affair stinks, and the fact that you can't provide evidence of any wrongdoing by the coach to the voting public ("citing personnel issues") means your campaign has a tough uphill battle.

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  • BRMarch 17, 2014 - 5:45 pm

    "Time to move on" = "shut up now".

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  • Napoleon Pig IVMarch 19, 2014 - 1:18 am

    Absolutely. It's not a good idea to stir up mere sheep with ideas such as "never move on when injustice is the law of the land" or "resist moving on when Truth is kept hidden to protect the undeserving" or "ask what's in that Kool-Aid they so strongly urge you to drink." No, no, let's not rile the sheep if we want to continue enjoying the clear benefits bestowed by our Dear Leaders. Remember: Power to the Pigs!

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  • March 19, 2014 - 8:44 am

    Finally! I was waiting for your comment, it always makes me smile.

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  • March 17, 2014 - 10:38 pm

    I felt this letter was completely innapropriate. It reminded me of another player in this drama saying everybody needed to calm down. If the evidence was so compelling that a preponderance of the evidence was against Julie Crawford why did Gina Daleidan rule otherwise? Writing this letter just pours more fuel on the fire. We'll move on when we're ready to move on, not when Sheila Allen and Susan Lovenburg tell us to.

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  • Rich RifkinMarch 18, 2014 - 12:09 am

    "Parents should think carefully where the line lies between advocacy for a child and possible harassment of a coach or teacher." ........... This is a very important point. It's unfortunate, however, that Allen, Daleiden, Lovenburg and Taylor failed for so long to check the actions of their colleague who clearly had a "personal conflict of interest" or to publicly rebuke her. I agree that it is time to move on. But it's not time to excuse the bad judgment shown by Mrs. Peterson or her four mates on the Board.

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  • March 18, 2014 - 10:30 am

    Appears to me , that our trustees think of themselves as some kind of "Big Mamas": "You all - calm down","You all - time to move on", " You - time out, no coaching for you till fall, if you behave". Seriously?

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  • March 18, 2014 - 10:53 am

    Sheila and Susan - We'll move on if you two will. Do the right thing and follow Nancy's lead.

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  • DamoclesMarch 18, 2014 - 1:59 pm

    We have now heard from the three trustees that voted to punish Julie Crawford. All of them have told us we need to move on. But they seem not to have learned from their own admonition that "Poor choices have consequences." If they were truly interested in moving on they would have followed another course, perhaps sentencing Julie Crawford to time not served and reinstated her as coach. By upholding the decision to not let her coach they prolonged the pain for themselves as well as Julie Crawford. Also the damage is being felt by the kids for whom they are the trustees who are being deprived of the dynamic leader the Boys on the Volleyball team voiced support for at public comment. Is it just a coincidence that as they were deliberating on Crawford's fate the boys lost their first match of the season? Perhaps their minds were elsewhere.

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  • March 18, 2014 - 8:06 pm

    I understand that many on the boy's volleyball team were worried that the board might be deciding to rehire Coach Crawford and it was this concern and distraction that caused them their first loss of the season. They should be back on track now.

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  • March 19, 2014 - 8:17 am

    You need to calm down

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  • March 18, 2014 - 3:13 pm

    Given the weeks of anger stirred up by those who would not accept the fact that a winning coach was engaging in retaliation against her nemesis when she dumped a student, it's admirable that three of you based your votes on the evidence rather than the loudest public outcry. It was outrageous the way that Gina Daleiden sandbagged the rest of you by following up your general post-vote comments with an aggressive, detailed statement about how all of you were wrong. However, it probably wasn't a good idea for you to provide any justification for your own votes at this point. Nobody is listening to anyone who doesn't agree with their own views, and additional facts are not welcome. Thank you for doing your jobs as trustees in such a difficult atmosphere. Our children need protection from coaches who would bring their personal grudges with parents to decisions about student athletes.

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  • March 18, 2014 - 6:39 pm

    Please show actual proof that Coach Crawford retaliated against a student. The partial letter released Peterson is not conclusive proof.

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  • March 18, 2014 - 7:33 pm

    The "actual proof" is in the investigation report, read and carefully considered by the district administration and the four school board trustees. The coach knows what she did and how incriminating the full report must be. She took the calculated risk of trying once again to work up the populace, hoping to overturn the administration's decision and knowing how the damaging report would have to be kept confidential. Little did the coach know that the public reaction would force her enemy to resign, so that's a bonus for her. But, she guessed wrong when she thought the school board would overlook her transgression. To think that all of the people who studied the investigation got it wrong is staying in unreasonable denial.

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  • March 18, 2014 - 10:11 pm

    Did any of the people who studied the report publicly state the report contained conclusive evidence the coach retaliated against a student? The only thing we have learned conclusively from this debacle is that of all the people who studied the report only one got it right.

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  • March 18, 2014 - 11:23 pm

    Well it looks like Crawford will be back coaching Volleyball in the fall despite her transgression that was so horrible they had to deny her the spring coaching gig. As for Nancy Peterson I guess we won't have her to kick around anymore.

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  • March 19, 2014 - 9:04 am

    Nancy, calm down! I'm sure middle school volleyball Rob Cole is willing to tutor your daughter. Through detailed fact-gathering, we dug up at least eight petty complaints lodged by the Peterson family. These included attempts at micromanaging t-shirt design, transportation issues, and boys sitting on the girls volleyball bench. We have learned new facts. Two board members now publicly acknowledge that a parent (Nancy Peterson) may have harassed a coach, and the board of education has apparently violated California law by not allowing Coach Peterson to review the investigation. Sorry, but only a handful of community members think a senior player should be given a no-cut clause. And where did your street signs come from?

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  • March 18, 2014 - 11:28 pm

    "Little did the coach know that the public reaction would force her enemy to resign, so that's a bonus for her." Enemy! Wow! This sounds like it was written by someone with the emotional maturity of a high schooler or by Nancy Peterson herself.

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  • March 18, 2014 - 9:06 pm

    "Poor choices have consequences, in this case, a short-term suspension from coaching." Susan and Sheila, did you have an inkling that you'd be presented with a new, approved contract for Coach Crawford a few days after you read the investigation report and made your evaluation? This consequence is a little like the times my mother sent me to my room for five minutes. The penalty you'll be paying for doing the right thing will far exceed that the coach will pay for her "poor choice."

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  • Marc KennerMarch 18, 2014 - 9:29 pm

    I hope the public does move on from both of you and your poor judgement! There is no justification for the treatment that you put that coach through three times !!!!! Shame on you for not ending it the first time!!!!We must never forget!!!

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  • March 19, 2014 - 6:50 am

    Until Allen apologizes for sitting by in silence at the dais while her colleague Peterson was allowed to malign a district employee, many of us are unable to "move on."

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  • March 19, 2014 - 8:41 am

    "She took the calculated risk of trying once again to work up the populace, hoping to overturn the administration's decision" As far as I know, the coach has not made a single public statement since the whole thing began. So how exactly did she "work up the populace?"

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  • March 19, 2014 - 1:25 pm

    "As far as I know, the coach has not made a single public statement since the whole thing began." Coach Crawford started this episode by talking to the Enterprise, providing copies of her personnel papers, etc. http://www.davisenterprise.com/sports/dhs-deja-vu-crawford-told-she-is-out-as-boys-volleyball-coach/ She didn't stop talking until she filed her appeal! expecting that the public outcry would force the school board to ignore the investigation report and order the administration to rehire her. However, the board could not put aside the investigation's conclusions.

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  • March 19, 2014 - 2:34 pm

    "Someone" is not happy with the new turn of events, i.e., the coach getting her job back. "This episode" has been a two-year vendetta for as yet unexplained reasons by one couple. You also wrote "She didn't stop talking" - you must be referring to the Peterson's who spoke to everyone and anyone: iSeeDavis, the Education Board, from the dais at BOE meetings, and here with Op-Ed articles in The Enterprise. It was interesting to read yesterday that even BOE members Sheila Allen and Susan Lovenburg think that the coach may be a victim of parental harassment! No smoking gun incident has come to light, only nitpicking and hurt feelings over a senior player getting cut. Time to calm down.

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  • March 19, 2014 - 8:56 am

    I agree, she didn't say anything herself, people ( athletes, parents, other coaches and concerned members of community) were speaking out to defend her. She is the great example to young adults and to all of us, how to handle stressful and unfair situation she was put through by our school board members, Sheila and Suzan included.

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  • Napoleon Pig IVMarch 19, 2014 - 3:39 pm

    "The board and administration will review and strengthen policies and practices,. . ." I love it! We need more of these commitments to (secret, no doubt) self-correction, of course followed in due time by zero reduction in power or privilege!! Very confusing to the sheep, who tend to be genetically endowed with short memories and complacent natures. Remember: Power to the Pigs!

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  • Clyde TuttleMarch 19, 2014 - 3:44 pm

    Shelia Allen must be delusional to think that she can still win a seat on the city council. The more she talks down to people in a condescending way, the more people aren't going to vote for her. She is moving "out" of the picture in my mind.

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  • March 19, 2014 - 10:49 pm

    Maybe the actual thinking voters of Davis who don't read gossip and hearsay to make informed decisions don't care and give this little weight in the scheme of life.

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  • Clyde TuttleMarch 20, 2014 - 3:02 pm

    School district has been running at a deficit on her watch...is that enough of an issue for you?

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  • March 20, 2014 - 8:39 pm

    Almost every district in the State has been running a deficit over the last 6 years due to the budget crisis. A report to the State still showed 1/3 are still in deficit from the crisis. What's your point?

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  • greg johnsonMarch 20, 2014 - 9:41 pm

    What it the crisis? Government incompetence??

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