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Foothill parents say what they want in a new principal

Original post made on May 2, 2013

Parents of Foothill High School students are looking for a "strong leader" in a new principal, someone with "demonstrable experience in improving test scores."

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Posted by Hmmmm
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 2, 2013 at 8:21 am

But they also want some policies re-examined, such as what one parent called "the tardy police." The school recently instituted a crackdown on students who arrive late to school.

"That causes a lot of stress on kids," a parent said.

That is awesome. Way to be a parent and teach values. Ridiculous that you are worried your child's tardies will cause stress. Can't wait to hear how you helicopter around them later in life.

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Posted by Foothill parent
a resident of Foothill Farms
on May 2, 2013 at 8:54 am

Absolutely Hmmm, - how ridiculous! Can't wait for that kid to get fired for turning up to work when they feel like it! Or is Mommy going to to to college and work with them too. Stop babying your children and teach them to be responsible to their actions!

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Posted by Pleasantonian
a resident of Mission Park
on May 2, 2013 at 8:55 am

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The person they are describing sounds like Kevin Johnson. HE was an awesome principal! We were fortunate that he was the principal when our children attended Foothill.

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Posted by lessismore
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on May 2, 2013 at 9:46 am

I'd like to see a little focus on the average kids," she said.
Great comment
This a problem in PUSD not just at Foothill all the focus is at the top and bottom and no one looks out for the kids in the middle about 70% of our student body.

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Posted by Notodubach
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 2, 2013 at 9:50 am

We also need someone who will stick his neck out to rid the school of awful teachers. The star test results should be looked at to determine who is not preparing our students for the next level. Year after year of parent complaints and nothing is done. New Principal, PLEASE listen when a parent comes to you to discuss inept teaching.

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Posted by FHS Parent
a resident of Foothill High School
on May 2, 2013 at 10:24 am

I attended the meeting and I am so disappointed in the reporting. I don't recall 'improved test scores' coming up at all and for Mr. Woltmann to lead with that is disappointing. Yes we discussed wanting a strong, decisive, proactive, collaborative leader. There was also discussion about school spirit, "kind of low" is an understatement - it needs to be a priority for a new principal. And, please, just one parent voicing concern about the Tardy Policy being stressful for students is a sad misrepresentation of the majority of the school community, who do in fact believe that kids should be held responsible for arriving at school on time.

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Posted by Dolts
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 2, 2013 at 10:30 am

The principal is not there to make the kids feel good about themselves, and is especially not there to make parents feel good about themselves. The principal's job is to facilitate the kids getting a good education. The whole "feel good" movement has been really detrimental to our kids education. Far too many of our kids are simply lazy and their parents are OK with that. One of the reasons so many immigrant kids kick their butts academically. Parents teaching their children responsibility seems to have gone out the door, now its all those "lousy teachers" fault.
Parents carping about the "tardy police" are simply dolts -- dolts that don't take responsibility for their kids getting to school on time. They are evidently clueless of how disruptive tardiness is to classroom learning; as well as being clueless about educating their children to be responsible. High school students used to get a lot of "stress" FROM THEIR PARENTS if I didn't show up to school on time.

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Posted by FHS parent
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 2, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Clearly the parent who stated about the "tardy police" isn't a parent who sees the excess number of kids past 8am just driving or being dropped off at school. As a parent who lives off of Foothill Road and drives by the school in the morning, it is clear that the "tardy policy" has been effective. Before the policy was in effect, there were always kids still arriving or just milling around the school, now, by 8am, Foothill Rd is clear and the campus is clear of students. Parents and kids don't seem to care about start time until there is a consequence for their action. GREAT JOB FHS ADMINISTRATION in making the parents and kids own up to their actions. It's past time!