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Mountain View Whisman school board runs into disagreements over electing its leaders

Original post made on Jan 7, 2023

It wasn't picking who will lead the school board that caused controversy, but rather deciding who will be second in command, revealing internal tensions on the board and disagreements over how leadership should be selected.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, January 5, 2023, 3:11 PM

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Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jan 7, 2023 at 3:51 pm

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It seems that in many of these (and past) leadership choice issues it is Trustee Blakely that is taking the lead / nominate first even if it will not follow any decipherable 'rotation'. I don't know if this is orchestrated by the Superintendent - who makes it clear to her (and Conley) who he wants to work with as Bd. President. That would make sense for the Coladonato exclusion-from-succession also. Who knows?

He said she said? Why is the Board not recording their now non-public meetings? Why is this ALWAYS the case recently for Board Organization meetings? Is staff in charge of them? Or is Board in charge of their meeting protocol? Why is this government agency not recording their meetings?

Blakely - micro aggression - 'look at yourself' on public recordings. You do really really NOT need to chide Chiang for not remembering things exactly as you remember them! You have lapses in both memory and good sense - as everyone does! [Portion removed due to disrespectful comment or offensive language]

Posted by MH
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jan 9, 2023 at 11:22 am

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Like Trustee Conley, I am also someone in an interracial relationship with a multiracial child. That relationship does not erase my white privilege nor exonerate me from confronting my own biases and listening carefully when a person of color speaks to their experience, especially if their experience is negative in a space I share with them. The members of this board who are white need to avoid being defensive and instead do the work. I suggest starting with Layla Saad's "Me and White Supremacy."

Political bodies work well when there are different ideas present. If those ideas are shared in the appropriate manner, there is no reason to silence them. How is the board working to hear all sides to issues? It sounds, instead, like there is a voting bloc that ices out other views. As long as poor students of color continue to struggle in our community, no one on this board should be patting themselves on the back.

Posted by SalsaMusic
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jan 12, 2023 at 8:41 pm

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Goood reporting

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