I proudly serve as the Sequoia high school district's public information officer.
Given my profession, I am frequently asked, both professionally and personally, to lend a hand with the written expressions of others. I freely share of the skill I possess and, in the recent case of the district's board president, Don Gibson, I was pleased to assist him in expressing his opinion, as is his right as an American. There was nothing illegal or unethical about the assistance I provided him, nor was there a single mischaracterization or breach of confidentiality in his opinion piece.
Like our contemporaries in public education throughout the state, the Sequoia district is facing daunting challenges on multiple fronts. At the same time, every day in our district some incredibly interesting and amazing things are happening. The Everest charter school is not central to any of these challenges or achievements. It's disappointing that some community members who follow your coverage of the district would never know this.
In all the time I have worked for the district's superintendent, he has demonstrated, with courage and compassion, an uncompromising commitment to the success of all students — without regard for their enrollment in a traditional or alternative school.
Bettylu Smith, Sequoia Union High School District