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Editorial: School district, sheriff's office stonewalling unacceptable

Original post made on Nov 28, 2018

The Tri-Valley community continues to mourn the death of Ben Curry, who drowned during PE class at San Ramon Valley High School in Danville on May 8. Curry's family and friends -- and the entire community -- are demanding answers they are owed.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 1:30 PM

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Posted by Gina Channell, Publisher
a resident of Downtown
on Nov 28, 2018 at 1:40 pm

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After reaching out to the San Ramon Valley Unified School District about the status of our Oct. 25 public records request, Communications Director Elizabeth Graswich responded today via email that stated:
"Substantially all of the records the District possesses related to your request are attorney-client privileged communications. Within 3 days of the tragedy on May 8, 2018, the District secured legal counsel and immediately instituted protocols to communicate at and through the direction of our attorney related to this tragedy. Therefore, reviewing and redacting records that may be responsive to your request continues to take significant labor hours to generate.

We believe we will have a further update as-to our progress in compiling responsive records before December 31, 2018."


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Posted by Grumpy
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Nov 29, 2018 at 7:34 am

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This is very important work. Thank you for doing it.


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Posted by Grumpy
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Nov 29, 2018 at 7:46 am

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The worst part about these sorts of official responses is that it creates a second trauma for the victim’s family by robbing them of an opportunity for closure. Not only do they have to mourn over the loss of a child, but they have to go for years with the district defending itself and the people responsible rather than admitting their culpability and allowing for healing.

I am willing to read into the district’s lawyering up that they feel they are guilty and have an obligation to hunker down and put on their best defense in the civil case to minimize the cost of the eventual loss. But this would be a terribly unfortunate interpretation of their obligations, as the greater duty lies not only to the truth but to the defense of children’s lives over their own insurance premiums. And this is especially true because they are a public agency, and so their moral duty to protect their students should come first.

I’m not saying this is a cover up, nor that it is worse than the “crime”. You laid out a sufficient case that negligence will be determined and that they are not in much position to hide it. But I am saying that dodging responsibility is a reprehensible act. And it is also an amateur act, and makes me question the competence and maturity of the people involved.


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Posted by Principal at high school was previous FHS principal
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 29, 2018 at 9:15 am

The reason SRV is probably not releasing anything is that they know the Lauren Andrade, swim coach, incidents happened at Foothill High in Pleasanton when under JK's watch at FHS. JK was principal at Foothill at the time (he was hired in May 2013 for that position; the settlement with Andrade happened Sept 2014). Obviously the situation with the students and Andrade happened with JK's non-existent leadership.

So then SRV hired him back as principal at SRV probably fully knowing the Andrade situation and now a kid dies in a swimming class during P.E. at SRV.

I wonder if the school board in Danville/San Ramon hired back JK from Foothill with full knowledge of the Andrade situation? Probably not.

The teacher did not even have an up to date lifeguard situation. It had expired.


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Posted by WRONG ABOUT JK
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 29, 2018 at 1:07 pm

To Principal at high school was previous FHS principal: The Andrade situation did not happen under JK's watch. Please get your facts straight before publishing untruths. Thank you.


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