Posted by Perhaps2, a resident of the Woodside: Family Farm/Hidden Valley neighborhood, on May 14, 2011 at 4:06 pm
On the other foot, perhaps they got sick of her and pushed her out and she found better job else where. They should just role woodside elementary into the las gatos school district and she can run everything. Now that's consolidation at it's best.
Posted by Perhaps, a resident of the Woodside: other neighborhood, on May 14, 2011 at 7:57 pm
I guess I don't why the trolls seem to be out in force. I have multiple kids in the district and have found her to be an entirely competent administrator. She successfully navigated the school through a trying period of unstable school funding while balancing many competing interests.
If you are from the Family Farm/Hidden Valley part of Woodside you are in the PV district, so I find it inappropriate to cast aspersions without first hand knowledge.
Posted by Health, a resident of the Woodside: Kings Mountain/Skyline neighborhood, on May 14, 2011 at 11:54 pm
It's message board, relax. Name calling and accusing others of slander is the same. Some people have different opinions, only the subject person knows the facts. It's probably alot more complicated and everyone is happy for her career move. A little diversity in her job can only be good.
Posted by Woeful Woodside, a resident of another community, on May 19, 2011 at 7:12 pm
Diana, I am told was fine at somethings but not at others. Budgeting may have been her strong suit and brown nosing the board, but her interaction with the staff was lacking. She would ask for input from the staff and then do things the way she wanted to anyway. I say good riddance to her, the District will find somebody who doesn't always butter up to parents because Johnny's got too much homework. Remember it's school it's not supposed to be easy. It wasn't when I went and it shouldn't be today either. Learning is a process and it takes patience and perseverance. If you don't succeed try again. Bye Diana I hope Los Gatos loves you, on to greener pastures.
Posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of the Menlo Park: other neighborhood, on May 19, 2011 at 7:46 pm
as a business owner I can tell you I solicit input from employees all the time. That doesn't mean I TAKE IT. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't. Sometimes it is valuable insight other times it is ridiculous because of a lack of access to the "big picture."
I can guarantee you many bosses get input from employees and don't necessarily take it. There's usually a reason the boss is the boss.
Posted by Woeful CA, a resident of the Woodside: Mountain Home Road neighborhood, on May 30, 2011 at 2:43 am
School administrators job responsibilities is to kiss up to everyone. You have to justify your existence and open your own doors. If you're in education and not teaching, you kiss up and cry for a bigger budget. It's not about the kids, come on folks.
Posted by huh?, a resident of the Woodside: other neighborhood, on Jun 11, 2011 at 1:17 pm
They used to share 1/2 the superintendent cost with Portola Valley. When Ms. Abatti became principal, they consolidated the two jobs into a single post, at even greater total savings.
Health, the direction you are suggesting going would actually cost money.
Fwiw, the state budget outline does specifically discuss consolidation of districts as a means of savings, but districts with over 100 students are actually considered moderate size. The state's budget focus is on consolidating those districts with less than 100 students.
Posted by POGO, a resident of the Woodside: other neighborhood, on Jun 17, 2011 at 10:52 am
I think huh's comment was: "Health, the direction you are suggesting going would actually cost money." I believe Health was referring to the savings that would come from consolidating districts.
huh appears to be accepting the school board's assertion that consolidation would shift a district from "basic aid" status (districts with a high property tax base and relatively few students) to "revenue limit" status (poorer tax base with a lot of students). If true, then the per student funding could be less.
I would caution you to be skeptical of this unfounded claim. Combining two basic aid districts will almost always result in a basic aid district. You should depend on a financial analysis - which is VERY easy to perform - not on scare tactics promulgated by a school board defending their turf.
Posted by huh?, a resident of the Woodside: other neighborhood, on Jun 17, 2011 at 11:49 am
Who said anything about consolidating districts? Health suggested that Woodside should share a superintendent with another district. I pointed out that Woodside used to share a superintendent with Portola Valley (splitting the cost 1/2 - 1/2) but decided that as a single school district that one position for both principal and superintendent was sufficient.
Can't get much more efficient then that one person unless you don't want to have an on-site principal.
Don't know what anything about being a basic aid district has to do with it.
Posted by Johnson, a resident of another community, on Jul 4, 2011 at 11:26 pm
Have they thought about shipping some of the white kids from woodside to say E. Palo Alto? That might make more sense than to get diversity by shipping a few minorities into a purely white school district.