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by Jerry Shelley, Fairlands Elementary School,
on May 15, 2009
So many opinions, so many missed facts. I retired after thirty-five years service to the Pleasanton School District and have not gone back to work for the district office. In fact I resigned my position as principal of Harvest Park and spent the last ten years of my career teaching our wonderful students at Amador Valley High School. I have had two wonderful daughters go through this district and am proud to say that it is at the top of all districts in the USA. The messages I read on this site represent a number of very unhappy people who are frustrated with many issues in their lives. It is okay to be doubting, suspicious and frustrated, I know that, in many cases, I was frustrated when dealing with student issues, parent complaints and administrative directives that hindered my teaching. I overcame my frustrations by focusing on the fact that the students were great and the programs we offered did have a positive impact on their lives. Now my frustration deals with so many of you that really believe the propaganda that the district is lying, there is plenty of money to bail us all out and that somehow the state and/or feds will bail us out. For the good of our children be realistic, why take the chance of not getting the funding and losing so many important programs.
Lack of necessary funding will risk many important programs that have a very important impact on our students. The things I have read on this site are written out of frustration and lack of necessary facts to make any case for voting against Measure G. For sixty-four cents per day we can save our programs and very talented teachers. Forget what you think the state, feds or district will do and think about what our children need. It is so wrong to hold our children hostage for the sake of your ego. Stop trying to figure out all of the negative angles and work to save valuable programs that have served our children for so long. Forget the real estate values and who is right and help the KIDS!