Letters to the editor for Jan. 24, 2012

Union Democrat staff

Columbia Elementary

To The Editor:

In 2010, Columbia Elementary School Superintendent John Pendley set in motion a scenario in which his son, Brennan Pendley, was employed as an after school aide. Since Brennan Pendley was purportedly unqualified for the position, one can assume that Superintendent Pendley waived employment requirements to assure his acceptance. Subsequently, Brennan Pendley sent lewd text messages to a 14 year old student and at some point engaged in a sexual relationship with the student in the classroom. When authorities began investigating after being notified of purported criminal activity on school grounds, Superintendent Pendley arranged to have his son take a job at a neighboring school.

Brennan Pendley committed crimes and is now is jail. What about Superintendent Pendley? He's still on the job.

When a school superintendent waives employment standards, one expects them to take responsibility for the outcome. Waivers when relatives are involved just seem wrong. When a school superintendent learns that an employee is under criminal investigation, wouldn't the employee be placed on suspension versus arranging to have the employee hired by a neighboring school?

Superintendent Pendley must be terminated.

Also, what's the deal with Board Chairman Segerstrom? His statement to critics of the board: "show some integrity before you come next time" was over the top, reflecting the arrogant contempt public entity boards have toward the public in general. Also, having teachers help circle the wagons to protect their superintendent seems more like part of a cover up effort versus doing the right thing. Just who is lacking integrity?

Recall the entire board?

Ray Anderson


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