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GCSD needs accountability and responsible leadership

    The California Water Resources Control Board recently issued a warning letter to the Groveland Community Services District saying it faces a $1.1 million fine for a pair of sewer spills in August 2010 and last March.
    It will be handled as a civil matter, with the fine meant as a shot over the district’s bow, according to one board official.
    It’s unfortunate on a number of levels.
    It doesn’t, for instance, provide a nuts-and-bolts remedy. It will buy no new trucks or lift stations or training for staff.

Tuolumne Corrections Plan is pragmatic

Gov. Jerry Brown’s public safety realignment plan that shifts the responsibility for incarcerating and rehabilitating non-violent felons from the state prison system to local communities is now under way. Each of California’s 58 counties were responsible for developing their own corrections plans within the framework of Assembly Bill 109. “We didn’t ask for this from the state,” Tuolumne County Administrator Craig Pedro said. “Nor can we ignore it. Life will change as of Oct. 1.”

Sportsmanship should be goal

October is sportsmanship month and, while it may not be widely recognized, it couldn’t have come at a better time, as sportsmanship in some corners of the Mother Lode athletic scene hits new lows.

Change needed at Columbia, John Pendley must go

It took nearly a year, but Columbia Elementary School District has finally addressed after-school aide Brennan Pendley’s arrest for sexual misconduct with a 15-year-old student on campus.

In a letter sent home with students Tuesday, Columbia officials say: “Everyone is now very well aware of the horrific crime committed in our After School Program … and the travesty perpetrated on one of our students. (We) cannot tell you … how sorry we are that one of our student’s safety was so severely compromised.”

Columbia School Board of Trustees should be replaced

    Shame on the Columbia Elementary School District Board of Trustees.
    In an increasingly common show of contempt for the good of students and constituents, trustees in a single hour-long meeting last Tuesday failed to address the biggest issue on campus — Superintendent John Pendley’s son sexually exploiting a student in a classroom —  and even approved a policy that will compromise the safety of students in the misguided belief the district can revise history to save face.
    Who exactly do these people represent?
    It’s not the community at large.

Columbia Superintendent John Pendley must resign

    Columbia Elementary Superintendent John Pendley is generously compensated — $166,000 a year — to make sound decisions, be a good steward of school district funds, respect open government and public access to school documents, and, most importantly, to create a safe learning environment for children.
    Over the last 20 months, he’s earned failing grades across the board. Through a series of deliberate missteps, he’s put the interests of his son before those of students, parents and the taxpaying public.

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Summerville denial of records disingenuous

    The Union Democrat has again been denied public records from a local school district.
    In this case, we have attempted to free the results of an “internal investigation” for the Summerville Union High School District. We’ve asked for its release under the state’s Public Records Act.
    The probe involved the Connections charter academy and its principal, Mike Gibson. Supposedly, it involves grades being changed by computer-hacking students or school administrators, PE requirements possibly being waived, and a bevy of other things — all subject to rumor and innuendo.
   Of course, at this rate, we may never really know the full truth.

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