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Woodside Elementary School District spends $584,000 to dismiss teacher

Original post made on May 16, 2017

Woodside Elementary School District spent more than $584,000 in taxpayer funds to dismiss a teacher after an administrative law panel unanimously dismissed all charges against him

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 10:32 AM

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Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on May 16, 2017 at 11:32 am

Sounds like the district used the Trump method of subverting important relevant information prior to an election.

Posted by Woodside School Parent
a resident of Woodside: other
on May 16, 2017 at 11:35 am

Where the school really failed here is in gathering enough witnesses to this teacher's behavior. My kids, as well as my kids' friends regularly saw the behavior detailed here, but also saw a lot more. I heard about it for years. I complained several times to the principal, whom I believe did what was within his bounds to do. In the school's effort to be discreet (to the benefit of this teacher), they missed an opportunity to strengthen their case. I and other parents would gladly have provided a statement or allowed our children to do so. I don't always approve of the way this school spends its money, but this teacher had to go at whatever cost.

Posted by pogo
a resident of Woodside: other
on May 16, 2017 at 2:04 pm

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"...and the system in state law for dismissing teachers is challenging for both school districts and staff. The District and Board have accepted the outcome of the process in this case."

Please remember this experience when you hear the teachers union saying the protections for firing bad teachers are reasonable. It is exactly this type of example - costing the district HALF A MILLION DOLLARS! - to get rid of a problematic teacher that chills these actions.

In the future, this district (and others) will consider this experience when they have another bad apple.

Posted by SteveC
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on May 16, 2017 at 2:48 pm

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Wonderful work by the school district. Don't say anything until the school bond passes. Recall the school board and fire the superintendent.

Posted by Cartesian
a resident of Woodside School
on May 16, 2017 at 3:59 pm

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With all due respect to Whatever, this has nothing to do with Donald Trump. Give me a break! In fact, our president is attempting to rectify this specific problem. Teachers need to be held as accountable as anyone with a job in the corporate world. It's ridiculous how hard it is to fire an inept teacher just because he or she happens to be tenured. Disgraceful what this incident has cost the tax payer. But why should those who benefit from other people's hard earned money care? They don't. And as long as we are willing to pay higher taxes to fund such utter nonsense, they will continue to find ways to spend more.

Posted by Huh
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Hills
on May 16, 2017 at 8:37 pm

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People around here collectively need to grow a pair of cajones. Top down to the mom sitting at home with too much time on her hands to worry about little Jimmy getting the proper day care (PE class) routine while she is at the salon getting her hair done. We are talking about PE For gods sake. 1. Teacher was over his head with the climate there and it reflected obviously in ths job and the outcome. 2. This should not be dragged out into the public arena again, for the sake of the staff there and for the teacher. Shame on the Almanac for perpetuating something that should be in the rear view mirror. It was a balanced piece but jeez, why am I reading about this again today. 3. The town has plenty of money they get thru the tax revenue created by the ultra rich so to complain about $600k is horse caca and those tax revenues grant you the right to want more for Jimmy, I get that. 4. To those who are want to put this ordeal in the arena of the corporate world of "you don't do your job, you are fired" I would like for you on a personal level try to navigate the idea of having your career trajectory put on the front page of a newspaper. Not once but multiple times. Move on.

Posted by pogo
a resident of Woodside: other
on May 16, 2017 at 9:21 pm

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Huh -

You may want to read the article.

"The Almanac has been asking for the information for more than a year, but requested the information again at least four times between March 1 and March 7, in the hopes of providing it to the public before a vote on a parcel tax on April 4. The Almanac made a formal Public Records Act request on March 9, but the information was not provided until April 18, two weeks after the election."



Posted by veteran Woodside parent
a resident of Woodside School
on May 16, 2017 at 9:53 pm

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After the administrative panel found the teacher innocent of all charges, why would Superintendent Polito and the School Board decide to dump him anyway? What were they thinking?

Having lived in Woodside for several decades, we know this young teacher and he is a good guy: honest, moral, with a good sense of humor. Bad decisions were made at the top – time for new leadership.

Posted by pogo
a resident of Woodside: other
on May 17, 2017 at 6:45 am

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I was responding directly to your question: "...but jeez, why am I reading about this again today"?

The reason is that the school district refused to answer for more than a year. The information was just released - that's a significant element of the story.

As for my business cred, you can assume that I didn't get to live here due to a lack of business success.

Posted by Danish
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Hills
on May 18, 2017 at 11:53 pm

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[Post removed for using multiple names on the same thread.]

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