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Letters to the Editor, April 10 - 12

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Magic number, or magic bullet?

EDITOR: I’m still wondering when (and now if) we are going to get an explanation of what happened – the timing of events – during the Yountville Veterans Home shooting.

Although I have given up on trying to get an explanation from District Attorney Jill Ravitch on how it is that Eric Gelhaus could shoot Andy Lopez seven times and not be charged, I have decided to take a different tack on the issue. If shooting Lopez seven times does not constitute excessive force, then what does? Ten times? Fourteen?

Twenty Three? Forty seven?

Ed Shoop

Sonoma

Who recruited the recruiter?!

EDITOR: I send this message to the Sonoma Valley Unified School District board, the Sonoma Valley community and concerned parties:

I read an article on SonomaNews.com (“Teachers Union Has ‘Reservations’ About Next Schools Chief,” April 2), by Education Editor Lorna Sheridan. To say I am shocked would be an understatement. My initial response and comment to the article online is presented here:

Wow! SVUSD hired consultants to provide a search for an appropriate candidate and they find someone whom the school district would have to deal with grievance right from the get go. Those consultants did not do their job. How disappointing. Someone should look into the recruitment process which was performed. I had high hopes, even forwarded the article about the search to educators in my district who are wonderful, in hopes they’d share the opportunity with their network. She’s not hired on yet... There could be time...

I believe our community needs a fiscally responsible superintendent who can work to solve the many obstacles the district has found itself in. I do not believe a candidate who has to do any work on elevating or protecting their image or job status should have ever been considered. I do not believe the consultants hired to provide the necessary recruitment to bring the school district a viable option was performed to industry standards. Recruitment for a position of this caliber should never have been taken so lightly.

As I mentioned in my comment to the story, above, I provided the I-T article, “School District Seeks Search Firm,” by Bill Hoban from Nov. 20 – regarding the consultant’s hiring and their intended purpose to seek out and present for hire a candidate for superintendent for the SVUSD – to administrators in the school district my son attends school, Truckee Tahoe School Unified District.

We have a very strong school district. Our school district is located in an area much like Sonoma Valley – with high tourism, second-home ownership, migrant population, seasonal workers, full-time residents struggling for professional job opportunities and a housing crisis, and maintains its small-town quaintness. It is possible for SVUSD to succeed and make necessary changes to better its school district.

I consider myself a part of the Sonoma Valley community because my family remains, we utilize our family’s homes when we visit and pay taxes.

Please consider holding the consultants accountable. According to the Nov. 20 article, the Request for Proposal (RFP) would be sent out to six to seven search firms from which the top two or three would be selected for the board to then agree to hire for recruitment purposes. It seems more effort has gone into selecting a consultant than the quality of the recruitment for which they were hired to perform. Please research their recruitment methods, outreach, screening and vetting of candidates. Make them present their efforts to acquire a viable candidate to the public and interested local groups. I believe you will find they did not meet the contract for which they were hired to perform.

Thank you for your consideration to further efforts to secure a viable superintendent for Sonoma Valley Unified School District.

Robin Short

Truckee