There are a few things that completely gross me out. One is mayonnaise, it’s pretty disgusting both in look and in texture. Another thing is people taking political advantage of a tragic situations to further their agenda.
So, I wrote about this horrific incident that occurred on Friday at Ruby Bridges, parents’ worst nightmare. Yesterday morning there was a parent meeting about the issue which I hoped would be informative and get the school toward next steps to help provide and even safer environment for the kids. Instead what happened was a huge venting session, which was unhelpful to the parents who wanted to do next steps sort of items, but — upon reflection — was probably cathartic for a lot of these parents.
I sat — unintentionally — right behind Trish Spencer. I swear I picked my seat first. I do have to give her credit for actually showing up, but since she shows up for everything I had expected her to. I noticed that Trish Spencer had planted herself right next to a friend or someone friendly to her and began passing notes and whispering to that person. As the Principal began speaking this Trish confederate immediately began heckling the District who was — largely — represented by the Superintendent. Despite the many efforts of the Principal to rein in the crowd it ended up being quite a jumbled mess and didn’t help with this confederate repeatedly telling the District staff to answer questions that really should have been handled by the Principal.
Now, personally, if I had been sitting with a friend who was being obnoxious and interrupting the discussion, I would say something, but not Trish Spencer. She instead allowed this person to attempt to make what should have been an issue about school safety and kid safety into a District vs everyone else issue. There is a time and place for political maneuverings and it is NOT when something awful has happened to a child and parents are already highly emotional about a topic. Save it for HAHS or Wood Middle School.
Even with this big ick, the second evening meeting was a lot more effective and productive. During the day some of the issues that arose during the morning bitch session had been resolved, the big issue was the construction of a fence along the western perimeter of the school. A bit of back story, there is a joint use agreement between the School District and the City of Alameda and that’s why that side was left open. Apparently yesterday afternoon Robert Shemwell (Chief Financial Dude) and the Head of Rec and Park met and worked out an agreement to install a chain link fence on the perimeter without needing to sign a new joint use agreement. There were also fixes in motion to have the doors automatically close when opened — right now they are often left open by parents dropping off or picking up kids.