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New SD Unified Chief Is Board’s ‘Politically Aligned Marionette’

New SD Unified Chief Is Board’s ‘Politically Aligned Marionette’

 

This commentary originally appeared as a comment on “Principal Cindy Marten Named SD Unified Superintendent.”

The San Diego Unified school board that unanimously agreed to promote Cindy Marten to superintendent because of her accomplishments at Central Elementary is the same board that approved the 2013-14 attrition-based budget strategy that will cut the very strategies and programs used at Central … and other district schools.

Trustee Richard Barrera’s statement in U-T San Diego that it would have been dishonest to hold public forums when the board had already made its choice is commendable, as is Marten’s vow to transfer her work at Central to the entire district. How does she intend to extend her work to 190 additional district schools when the budget will be cut, again, and funding will not be available?

With neither malice nor intention of discrediting Marten’s achievements while at Central, her selection is a slap in the face to countless more qualified district administrators, and as board president, John Lee Evans’ comment that the district needs a passionate educator to take the helm shows how little respect the board has for Dr. Meyer, Dr. Salazar, the area superintendents and many other more experienced and well-rounded administrators. Evans also stated that “we didn’t need to go to the community.” One of the board’s primary goals of increasing parent and community involvement must be restricted to attending PTA and cluster meetings, because the board’s superintendent selection process contradicts what is obviously a hypothetical goal. It is also obvious that Machiavellian discussions have been taking place for quite some time, and Ms. Marten is the board’s politically aligned marionette.

Bella Nguyen-Garcia lives in San Diego.


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Dagny Salas was the former web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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bigdprender
bigdprender subscriber

Stable, thoughtful decisions are not in the best interest of...well, most on this site anyway

bigdprender
bigdprender

Stable, thoughtful decisions are not in the best interest of...well, most on this site anyway

Pooh's Pal
Pooh's Pal

Two SDUSD Board members have their own agenda and will use Ms.Marten and her political connections to carry out those agendas. She reports to the Board and must do as it directs if she is to receive a satisfactory evaluation.

Louis Cornelio
Louis Cornelio subscriber

Why did a nasty reader comment left in another thread get elevated to the prominent position of commentary? Is this part of the VOSD 'agenda' that I find mentioned in comments around the site? I come here looking for quality journalism... not promotion of negative agendas..

schoolboy
schoolboy

Why did a nasty reader comment left in another thread get elevated to the prominent position of commentary? Is this part of the VOSD 'agenda' that I find mentioned in comments around the site? I come here looking for quality journalism... not promotion of negative agendas..

Susan Hopps
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If you are looking for a "puppet" just look back at the past 3 years Superintendent. While Kowba might be a "nice guy" he has been led around by his underlings and the board without much apparent questioning of how things should change for the better. From what I have observed of Meyer, she says one thing to parents and then does nothing to protect children or advance education for them. I like Martin who has shown strong moral and educational prowess. She has talked the talk and walked the walk. I for one am ready to support her in her new position as Superintendent. I hope she chooses new administrative staff that matches her integrity and bold goals, unlike those that led Kowba around.

Susan T
Susan T

If you are looking for a "puppet" just look back at the past 3 years Superintendent. While Kowba might be a "nice guy" he has been led around by his underlings and the board without much apparent questioning of how things should change for the better. From what I have observed of Meyer, she says one thing to parents and then does nothing to protect children or advance education for them. I like Martin who has shown strong moral and educational prowess. She has talked the talk and walked the walk. I for one am ready to support her in her new position as Superintendent. I hope she chooses new administrative staff that matches her integrity and bold goals, unlike those that led Kowba around.

Bill Bradshaw
Bill Bradshaw subscribermember

Hopefully, one of Marten's goals will be to reestablish much more authority and autonomy to the person in charge of each school.

toulon
toulon

Hopefully, one of Marten's goals will be to reestablish much more authority and autonomy to the person in charge of each school.