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Ahmadi: positives and negatives?

Original post made by SOS (save our schools), Nolan Farms, on May 4, 2010

This is a thread for discussing the positive and negative aspects of the choice of Ms Ahmadi for Casey's replacement.


Comments (10)

Posted by Hope for the best
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 4, 2010 at 9:18 pm

I hope the new superintendent is good and can come in and undo some of the mess Casey is leaving behind. That said, why would they select someone from Fremont, a district that has so many problems? Many people from Fremont have moved to other cities because of the problems with their schools.

I am also concerned that it was Arkin the liason. She has been a big disappointment so far, and not working outside the home for so long makes me wonder if she really looked for someone who was truly qualified, rather than letting her feelings and emotions make the decisions. As for the other board members, I think we all know that one is a non-college grad with fiscally questionable personal stuff, the other are yes people, so I just hope that they made the right decision and chose the best candidate.

Posted by NBA fan
a resident of Birdland
on May 5, 2010 at 7:36 am

Ms. Ahmadi has been selected - done deal.
Many of us are very pleased with the Board's selection.
Hope for the best - why don't you do just that? Hope for the best, or better yet, run for the board yourself this year.

Posted by What
a resident of Del Prado
on May 5, 2010 at 8:27 am

Tired of hearing about the "race" issue. I am hispanic and I see no issues in town with race. She comes from a school district in Fremont that sucked. We basically picked someone who failed in her previous job. By all accounts they were glad to see her leave. Great job Pleasanton.

Posted by Outraged
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on May 5, 2010 at 8:53 am

Wow, Hope for the Best, you are truly a snob. So what if a Board member hasn't "worked outside the home," for a while. To me, this translates to the fact that she has had more time to be involved with school and community issues. And so what if one Board member isn't a college grad? Neither is Bill Gates.

Again, wow.

Posted by Thomas Paineful
a resident of Canyon Oaks
on May 5, 2010 at 9:50 am

Actually, Fremont Unified tried to lure Mrs. Ahmadi back to the district after she accepted the superintendency of Pleasanton USD. Fremont is looking for a new superintendent, too, you see.

Of course there will be some blahgers-cum-Tea Baggers on the Pleasanton Weekly (who apparently never leave the house, since they have all day to gripe on the blahgs) who will never be happy with Mrs. Ahmadi for three reasons:

1. She's not of the "American Race" (thanks to "Pleasanton Mom" for coining that phrase);
2. She's a woman.
3. She's a public servant. (This always draws immediate suspicion, since only the most scurrilous of villains would choose to dedicate her life to the education of children.)

I have no idea if Mrs. Ahmadi is the "right choice" for Pleasanton USD. It will take a year or so before she will have a record in this district on which we can judge her. Dr. Casey leaves Pleasanton USD as an abject failure, a man who dug this district so deep into a hole with the Neal Elementary School debacle and who destroyed the public's trust in the district's leadership--but for the good of the kids, I wanted him to succeed.

For the same reason, I want Mrs. Ahmadi to succeed where Dr. Casey has failed. Mrs. Ahmadi should thank Dr. Casey for setting the standard for "success" so low, because all she has to do is NOT spent $8.5 million ($4 million for capital improvements and $4.5 million on legal fees) for an elementary school that doesn't exist.

Posted by resident
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on May 5, 2010 at 9:54 am

Hope is for religion, not running a school district. Too bad, but not surprising, they didn't choose a better candidate. Not much we can do about that now, but we can vote out the bums and prevent them from making more poor decisions.

Posted by WhichFremont
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 5, 2010 at 10:35 am

Not all Fremont schools bad. Mission San Jose in Fremont school district is rated amongst top 10 in the state, from Elementary to High School.
She was vice principal at Weibel Elementary, which was also at top 10 in the state.

Posted by Nelson
a resident of Birdland
on May 5, 2010 at 12:22 pm

As WhichFremont just said, Mission San Jose High in Fremont scores much higher on the API test than any high school in Pleasanton, so I wouldn't be so quick to bash the Fremont school district.

Also, we can expect all the Tea Party bigots (Pleanston Mom and Bridget Melson) to have a problem with Ms. Ahmadi becuase her name sounds "different". I’m sure if the new superintendent was named “Billy Ray Johnson” and went to Southwestern Alabama Bible Tech College, you wouldn’t hear a peep out the Tea Party types.

Posted by To What
a resident of Beratlis Place
on May 5, 2010 at 4:06 pm

To What-
I am questioning if you are truly Hispanic, or if you just wrote that on the blog. You really don't think race is an issue in Pleasanton? I wish you were at one of the high schools the other day when I heard students refer to your race as lazy. Very interesting.

Posted by Karen
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 5, 2010 at 4:55 pm

1. San Jose State
2. National University
3. Fremont Unified
4. No record of superior financial acumen. (which we need!!)

If there are questions about the selection, it revolves around these issues. There's no race or gender in any of these concerns. I admit it sounds snobbish but I do think most people were thinking we needed someone whose resume would jump off the page. (My resume wouldn't jump off anyone's page either but then, I'm not in contention for a demanding, position that pays like this one.)

Maybe Ms. Ahmadi is a tough negotiator and can better deal with the unions. Maybe she is known for having a ton of integrity. Maybe she just needed an opportunity to show her talents. We'll find out. Lots of maybes.

In the meantime, I'll give her my support and best wishes.

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