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Gemma named 'Superintendent of the Year'

Original post made on May 19, 2009

The regional office of the Association of California School Administrators has named Superintendent Pat Gemma of the Sequoia Union High School District as Superintendent of the Year for San Mateo and San Francisco counties.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, May 17, 2009, 11:18 PM

Comments (5)

Posted by WhoRUpeople, a resident of another community
on May 19, 2009 at 10:41 am

Are you kidding me! "Collaborative leadership"? I wonder what definition this organization uses for the term, collaboration. Mr. Gemma's performance during the charter school issue and in slipping through that monstrosity they're calling the Performing Arts Center building on the MA campus certainly didn't meet my definition of collaboration.


Posted by Stewart Hyland, a resident of Menlo-Atherton High School
on May 22, 2009 at 3:22 pm

My introduction to Pat Gemma came in January 2006 when I helped organize a Future Search conference. It was a three-day event that brought together East Palo Alto and Menlo Park residents, Ravenswood elementary and Sequoia Union high school districts as well as local government and nonprofit youth serving agencies. Mr. Gemma participated and listened Friday through Sunday. His commitment to understanding community concerns and needs was evident throughout. In the past three years I have come to know him as that same person that I first met. Like our president, he is the right man in the right place at the right time.


Posted by Joe, a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on May 22, 2009 at 4:02 pm

Stewart - Perhaps you might reconsider your use of the phrase "our president."

It's a tad subservient for a free citizen in a republic governed by the rule of law. Its' about one step removed from "our leader," which is itself just a step away from "our father," which then brings to mind a "fatherland." You get my drift?

How about "the President," or "Barack Obama." He's just like the rest of us only with a lot more responsibility and the talent to get elected, none of which grants him anything other than the respect due his office.


Posted by Frank, a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Aug 26, 2009 at 6:15 pm

Stewart, go right ahead and keep calling him "our president."

Joe, since when did "our" come to indicate subservience? If you were to say, "I was sitting with my mates at the Circus Club when our waiter served me a martini that was shaken, not stirred," would that indicate subservience to your mates or your waiter? No. "Our" is a possessive pronoun. It demonstrates ownership. If you don't want to own up to Barack Obama as YOUR president there are plenty of other countries out there.


Posted by the dorkatore, a resident of another community
on Sep 8, 2009 at 12:16 am

you guys are dorks for arguing semantics. though addressed very eloquently, your arguments aim towards nothing-at least nothing anyone reading this article cares about. this article is about THE/OUR superintendent and his cool new award. the timing for him to get this award is hilarious to me because the time surrounding the publishing of this article was filled with angry comments by many of his constituents about his poor performance and wasteful spending. i thought this article's comments would be a little more interesting than a grammar lesson in the implications of using pronouns in different situations.


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