Letters to the Editor

Time to clean RUSD house from top down

If you haven’t noticed, Ramona Unified School District is melting down. A manifest failure of the administration and school board to keep the district solvent.

Here are a few examples of what’s gone wrong at RUSD. Robert Graeff, superintendent, earns considerably more than the mayor of San Diego, with a population of almost 1.5 million people. There are a bevy of administrators with advanced degrees and huge salaries that never venture into the classroom. And don’t forget the $25 million debt incurred for all the new buildings, soon coming due. Something is terribly wrong at RUSD.

The district officers have failed to foresee that the state has been technically insolvent for more than 10 years, and yet we award them with large salaries and pensions. The school board appears stuck in a bad management cycle where they keep laying off the lowest paid workers and teachers while the bloated administration sucks up the few funds left.

In my view it’s time to clean house from the top down. The first order of business needs to be reorganization of the district removing most administrators who aren’t in the classroom 100 percent of their time. Slashing the salaries of the upper echelons. The last thing they should do is remove teachers.

All concerned citizens should attend the next school board meeting on May 8 at 7 p.m., and demand that the mess be fixed starting from the top down, not on the backs of those who do the good work in the classroom.

Dave Patterson, Ramona

Different viewpoint of middle school teacher

I saw the segment on the news regarding Mr. Hall at Olive Peirce Middle School and I would like to enter a different and very opposite viewpoint.

Mr. Hall stays at lunch and after school every day making himself available for tutoring to anyone who needs it in any class. Often I think the kids are there just to be with him because they like him. He engages and challenges them, he encourages them, he cheers their success, and he reprimands them when they goof off. He is very involved in the student Associated Student Body projects and helps organize their dances and activities. Those are things a good teacher does.

He is very straightforward and teaches kids about consequences. He actually calls parents regularly to inform them of upcoming tests or bad grades or behavior. This is a teacher who is excellent at what he does and truly cares about kids.

My daughter went from B’s and C’s to straight A’s, as he has tutored her and she is as proud as can be. He is her favorite teacher and was poorly represented on the news.

I think it was very unfair for a kid to secretly record him when he knew he was about to be reprimanded for reportedly hitting a girl and then for his mom to talk to the news rather than dealing with this in house. This boy has been in trouble before, but his mom didn’t share that information with all of San Diego, did she?

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