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Corey praises principal’s work, disputes description of district

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From page A1 | May 15, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — No evidence supports Fairfield High School Principal Tim Halloran’s description that secrecy is the norm at the school district he contends is managed by fear, intimidation and bullying, said Fairfield-Suisun School District Superintendent Kris Corey.

“I’m saddened by his perspective,” Corey said. “I pride myself on being very open.”

His remarks are unfortunate for the hard-working school district administrators whose jobs are an around-the-clock, 24-7 undertaking, the superintendent said.

“Our administrators earn every penny of their salaries – and then some,” she said.

While Halloran, who is resigning as principal, complained that the school district never recognized Fairfield High’s success in school accreditation, Corey referred to an April 7 email she sent, congratulating him.

“I don’t know why he would say that,” Corey said of Halloran’s description of the district.

The superintendent praised the principal’s accomplishments at Fairfield High School.

“He came into a school that was very troubled two years ago,” Corey said. “He’s rebuilt hope and culture in that school.”

She said site administrators such as Halloran and others in the Fairfield-Suisun district are well compensated for their work – with high expectations by the school district for their performance.

Halloran was paid $148,077 plus benefits and retirement, according to the district.

Corey said no plans were in place to remove Halloran or other principals and she doesn’t know why Halloran said he was asked to resign during a February meeting at the school district office. The superintendent said she didn’t attend the meeting but understood concerns were raised about Halloran, who has an Oregon license plate on his vehicle, moving out of the area.

She disputed Halloran’s account that other principals have faced the same problems he did but don’t step forward out of fear of losing their jobs.

“This is not something we’ve heard,” Corey said.

She said her communications about Fairfield-Suisun School District matters includes Twitter, Facebook and a monthly electronic newsletter.

The superintendent said she’s also surprised by Halloran’s statement that Corey may not like him. All her interactions with the school principal were pleasant and professional, Corey said.

Fairfield-Suisun is proud of the progress at Fairfield High, she said, adding that even Halloran “admits there’s a lot more to do.”

Three trustees on the seven-member school board responded to requests for comment about Halloran’s resignation. David Isom said in an email that he trusts the superintendent responded sufficiently, while Perry Polk declined to comment and Pat Shamansky referred the matter to Isom, the board president, and Corey.

Laurel Salerno-White, president of the Fairfield-Suisun Unified Teachers Association, said Fairfield High instructors are disappointed that Halloran is resigning.

“He got out of the way of teachers and let them do what they do best,” said Salerno-White, who taught at Fairfield High from 1986-2013.

Salerno-White said Halloran’s account that secrecy is the norm at the Fairfield-Suisun School District and that it’s managed by fear, intimidation and bullying does not match her experience.

“I’ve never noticed that,” she said. “But that’s only me. I don’t know what he experienced.”

Salerno-White said conditions at Fairfield High improved with the departure of the principal who preceded Halloran. Salerno-White said she’s not surprised by the accreditation success the school achieved this year.

“I’d seen what the teachers are doing,” she said.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or rmccarthy@dailyrepublic.net.

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  • JudyMay 14, 2014 - 10:52 pm

    Mr. Halloran speaks the truth. I am saddened that someone with his integrity is leaving the district. More to come.

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  • Really?!!May 15, 2014 - 12:27 am

    I don't really care who said what or who's feelings were hurt! This is a lot of drama for grown people! All public schools in this area are terrible why don't you talk about that instead of giving a crap what state plate is on someone's car?

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  • CD BrooksMay 15, 2014 - 6:39 am

    This is more information that makes me believe the District's first priority is justifying their salaries. Their policy appears to be deny and ignore in matters deemed "uncomfortable." It seems they handle all their business this way.

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  • The MisterMay 15, 2014 - 7:10 am

    "No evidence supports... Halloran’s description that secrecy is the norm at the school district... said... Superintendent Kris Corey." But then, "Corey said no plans were in place to remove Halloran or other principals and she doesn’t know why Halloran said he was asked to resign during a February meeting at the school district office." Maybe, Kris Corey, you don't know why because it was a secret! Oh, but YOU said there were no secrets. Maybe you're just lying? When YOU are duplicitous, that can happen.

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  • TanishaMay 15, 2014 - 8:42 am

    Mr. Halloran speaks the truth and is about holding students accountable. I am saddened and annoyed that someone with his integrity is leaving the district and was bullied/intimidated by the district. We ask that the kids don't bully and intimidate each other but the ones running the district is performing the same actions on their employees. Get it together FSUSD!

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  • EagleBones FalconHawkMay 15, 2014 - 8:45 am

    This is spon on. As a former teacher at FSUSD I can say with 100% certainty that this district is corrupt and secrecy is absolutely the norm. Do a search for yourself and you will see a history of ridiculous decisions and utter carelessness when it comes to student success and school culture. Teachers are treated like scum and admin. is only concerned with justifying their jobs... of which there are far, far too many.I have a daughter that is approaching school age and FSUSD is not an option. Do a search on some of what they have done. Also, take a look at the spending. Look at the School Dist. HQ. Nicest building in the dist. Why, if students are the first concern, are kids learning in decades old portables, without enough desks and terrible, outdated technology while the D.O. has the newest everything in every room, and it's rarely used. Move the D.O. to portables... if students come first COREY

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  • Rich GiddensMay 15, 2014 - 9:07 am

    Public education is like the VA--- a big Byzantine bureaucratic mess with tons of money poured on top of it. Sorry, but I believe the principal and not the administrators.

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  • FalconsMay 15, 2014 - 9:37 am

    This is complete and utter hogwash. As a current FHS staff member, I can attest that Mr. Halloran is the most student centered principal I have ever known, and that the politics of the district office are ridiculous. That being said, he is not a "Yes Man" to the D.O. due to his defense of what is best for our students. We are hopeful for next year, but hesitant they are looking to replace him with someone that cares less about our students, and more about making the District Office happy. Many tears were literally shed when we heard he was resigning, and he will be dearly missed for his hard work and dedication to changing the culture of our school.

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  • Society for Troll-Free DRMay 15, 2014 - 9:50 am

    That has nothing to do with this subject. Take it somewhere else.

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  • http://educate-yourself.org/cn/johncolemangoalsofIlluminati.shtmlMay 15, 2014 - 9:56 am

    In General Google...illuminati goals for civil war.....See...21 Goals of the Illuminati and The Committee of 300 ..... 1.To establish a One World Government/New World Order with a unified church and monetary system under their direction. The One World Government began to set up its church in the 1920:s and 30:s, for they realized the need for a religious belief inherent in mankind must have an outlet and, therefore, set up a "church" body to channel that belief in the direction they desired. 2. To bring about the utter destruction of all national identity and national pride, which was a primary consideration if the concept of a One World Government was to work. 3. To engineer and bring about the destruction of religion, and more especially, the Christian Religion, with the one exception, their own creation, as mentioned above. 4. To establish the ability to control of each and every person through means of mind control and what Zbignew Brzezinski called techonotronics, which would create human-like robots and a system of terror which would make Felix Dzerzinhski's Red Terror look like children at play. 5. To bring about the end to all industrialization and the production of nuclear generated electric power in what they call "the post-industrial zero-growth society". Excepted are the computer- and service industries. US industries that remain will be exported to countries such as Mexico where abundant slave labor is available. As we saw in 1993, this has become a fact through the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement, known as NAFTA. Unemployables in the US, in the wake of industrial destruction, will either become opium-heroin and/or cocaine addicts, or become statistics in the elimination of the "excess population" process we know of today as Global 2000. 6. To encourage, and eventually legalize the use of drugs and make pornography an "art-form", which will be widely accepted and, eventually, become quite commonplace. 7. To bring about depopulation of large cities according to the trial run carried out by the Pol Pot regime in Cambodia. It is interesting to note that Pol Pot's genocidal plans were drawn up in the US by one of the Club of Rome's research foundations, and overseen by Thomas Enders, a high-ranking State Department official. It is also interesting that the committee is currently seeking to reinstate the Pol Pot butchers in Cambodia.

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  • If you are trying to educate peopleMay 15, 2014 - 10:00 am

    and the controlled media will not tell the truth.. You have to try to put the info somewhere people will see it... So you'll get no apologies from me.... Live with it or leave..rlw?

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  • rlw895May 15, 2014 - 10:05 am

    We know you show up wherever there's a crowd, lonely person.

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  • continuedMay 15, 2014 - 12:18 pm

    8. To suppress all scientific development except for those deemed beneficial by the Illuminati. Especially targeted is nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. Particularly hated are the fusion experiments currently being scorned and ridiculed by the Illuminati and its jackals of the press. Development of the fusion torch would blow the Illuminati's conception of "limited natural resources" right out of the window. A fusion torch, properly used, could create unlimited and as yet untapped natural resources, even from the most ordinary substances. Fusion torch uses are legion, and would benefit mankind in a manner which, as yet, is not even remotely comprehended by the public. 9. To cause. by means of limited wars in the advanced countries, by means of starvation and diseases in the Third World countries, the death of three billion people by the year 2050, people they call "useless eaters". The Committee of 300 (Illuminati) commissioned Cyrus Vance to write a paper on this subject of how to bring about such genocide. The paper was produced under the title "Global 2000 Report" and was accepted and approved for action by former President James Earl Carter, and Edwin Muskie, then Secretary of States, for and on behalf of the US Government. Under the terms of the Global 2000 Report, the population of the US is to be reduced by 100 million by the year of 2050. 10. To weaken the moral fiber of the nation and to demoralize workers in the labor class by creating mass unemployment. As jobs dwindle due to the post industrial zero growth policies introduced by the Club of Rome, the report envisages demoralized and discouraged workers resorting to alcohol and drugs. The youth of the land will be encouraged by means of rock music and drugs to rebel against the status quo, thus undermining and eventually destroying the family unit. In this regard, the Committee commissioned Tavistock Institute to prepare a blueprint as to how this could be achieved. Tavistock directed Stanford Research to undertake the work under the direction of Professor Willis Harmon. This work later became known as the "Aquarian Conspiracy".

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  • A Fellow FalconMay 15, 2014 - 10:35 am

    Tim has literally brought color to this campus community. He united the teachers and set a common campus goal: NO EXCUSES! Now I challenge the D.O. to do the same. Stop making excuses and own up to the decisions that you have made. The FHS Campus is literally in turmoil because of this news. If he was leaving willingly, if he was not bullied, if he was not pushed into resigning would he bring it to the attention of the public eye? It has been a pleasure and HONOR working under Tim Halloran for the past 2 years and he will be missed dearly. Pinocchio: "I have no strings to hold me down, to make me laugh, to make me frown. I had strings, but now I'm free I have no strings on me." Someday... For now Tim...Enjoy YOUR freedom :)

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  • Just Another Frustrated EducatorMay 15, 2014 - 10:49 am

    True, the District admin DOES bully staff, there IS a lot of drama within their sacred walls and they DO treat staff unfairly and play their political games. If you try to speak up to protect yourself, you're let go or intimidated into resigning. They have had a series of supervisor-staff affairs for many years, including current administrators at the district office They recruit and hire love interests and "special" friends from other districts and yes, there is a history of administrators sleeping their way to the top, per se. The place is full of drama, deceit, biases and unscrupulous behavior. The non-administrative staff throughout the district are very much aware of what goes on at the top. If we want to keep our jobs we know we have to keep our mouths shut, look the other way and agree to whatever ridiculous BS they tell us to do, whether it is in the best interest of the student or not. Bottom line: it's the "good ole boy club" and money comes first, not the students. Sadly, we still need our jobs to survive.

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  • Part of the solutionMay 15, 2014 - 11:13 am

    As a community, we keep asking ourselves…where do we start to make this a better place. The front page of the paper just answered that question for me. We need to start with our kids. We need to make sure that there are people in the schools that want what is best for our kids. My kids are grown, and I don't know any of these people involved. But I do know this…if everyone at our schools and the district office are there for the right reasons, no one should mind opening their doors and getting to the bottom of the dispute…everyone would be better off…including our kids! This truly is an opportunity…truly "a place to start."

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  • FHS studentMay 15, 2014 - 11:04 am

    Being a student at Fairfield High School I have experienced what Fairfield High School is like for the past 3 years. Having had two principals with in the last three years is very difficult on the school. FHS was in a bad place my first two years and ever sense Mr. Halloran has been the principal, I see a major difference. Mr. Halloran would come to FHS before he was officially the principal developing personal relationships with students. Although I unfortunately havent developed a close relationship with him, I have walked into his open door office to pick up some candy with my friends and seeing him sit there with a great big smile on his face. Mr. Halloran always walks around campus with a great smile on his face and the morning announcements have never been this entertaining until he did them. I truly believe that he really cares about us students. Hearing that he is leaving the school the year before I graduate, makes me extremely upset. Reading these articles surprises me that he was asked to resign. I have family members who are FSUSD school teachers and I have heard many complaints about has happened. For example closing Sullivan Middle School and now hearing that Yeto students are going to attend school with schools like FHS. Something needs to be done here. Many of my favorite teachers are leaving Fairfield High and now that Mr. Halloran won't be here, I am scared to see what is to come my senior year. I plan on attending the next school board meeting and I hope to see many students, parents, and teachers there. Although it won't save Mr. Halloran from leaving, it can make a difference for the future;our future as students. I am very jealous of the next school that receives Mr. Halloran. I know he will continue being a great person who actually cares about the students. He's not here for the 148,077 salary, he's here for us, and knows we deserve better. Thank you Halloran for putting FHS in a much better place than it was.

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  • FHS StudentMay 15, 2014 - 11:12 am

    As a junior here at Fairfield High, I was a student during the school year of 2011-2012, the year only about half of our seniors graduated. It has only been two years since Mr. Halloran had decided to become the principal of our school, and he has really turned it around. Our school may not be the best in the district, it may not be the most popular school, but since Mr. Halloran has been here he really has made this shool better. Most of the staff and students were skeptical of him at first due to his big plans for the school. We didn't know whether or not he would put his words into action or just leave them out to dry once he became principal. He disproved all of our doubts, focusing on the students here at Fairfield and allying with other staff members to change this school. Personally, I have never met a principal who has a desire to help the students like Mr. Halloran does. And not only has Mr. Halloran felt intimidated by the District, but so have many of my other teachers as well. We are losing more than just Mr. Halloran this year, we are losing a teacher who does everything for their students and has dedicated 11 years of their life to helping the students and the school become better. It is incredibly sad that the actions of the District Office are resulting in amazing people having to resign from their jobs.

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  • Frustrated FacultyMay 15, 2014 - 6:49 pm

    It is more than just FHS teachers leaving. The district is bleeding good teachers because of their mismanagement, blame-placing, unscrupulous tactics and corruption. Maybe they figure if they scare us off they can hire some inexperienced first years who won't complain or make waves? Oh, and who cost half as much; then they can give themselves yet another raise!

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  • George Guynn, JrMay 15, 2014 - 12:21 pm

    Superintendent Corey, could it be that you don't fully know what your admin staff is doing? When you go on junkets and the cat's away, the mice (admin staff) can play. I have suggested the junkets be cut in the past. Isn't a $616K budget for junkets a bit much? That money could do a lot to help the students!!! Hope this is a wake up call! When you have a person, such as Mr. Halloran, that is producing, you need to know why and try to spread that approach, not see it go out the door. You recently told me that you would like to make more money. Well, incidents like Mr. Halloran leaving is not the way to get it. You need to produce great results, if you want more money, not just talk about how you deserve a raise. And finally, it is not enough to have an open door policy. You must make sure that everyone knows about it.

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  • dianna jonesMay 15, 2014 - 1:12 pm

    Mr. Guynn she told you she needs more money? That is pure greed to me.

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  • Getoffyour HighhorseMay 15, 2014 - 2:18 pm

    You call it greed. I call it desperation. That's the problem with sleeping your way to the top. Once the old goat can't afford those "swanky spa treatments" that got him canned after he left us, you're out there grinding the pavement yourself. (Google: ocweekly spa getaway)

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  • FalconsMay 15, 2014 - 3:22 pm

    Superintendent in 2012 made over $320,000 and I doubt that number has gone down.... A raise? For WHAT!?!? We have had vacancies ALL YEAR. That means there are CLASSES of students that have rotating sub... I'm just saying, at the most basic level I think EVERY student is entitled to a regular classroom teacher before we start complaining about how the Sup. doesn't make enough money...

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  • L.May 16, 2014 - 8:21 am

    This has to come from a student or a student's parent, but you can make a Williams complaint to the state about insufficient resources. Have a lot of students and parents file one FAST.

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  • RetiredFromFHSMay 15, 2014 - 2:39 pm

    "Salerno-White said Halloran’s account that secrecy is the norm at the Fairfield-Suisun School District and that it’s managed by fear, intimidation and bullying does not match her experience. “I’ve never noticed that,” she said. “But that’s only me. I don’t know what he experienced.” I was around the first time this woman was the teacher's union president. Once she talked us into striking, that superintendent was pleased to start FHS's punishment which endures to this day. Our "president" was rewarded with a very large "budget" and nearly dictatorial control from behind the scenes. We were told our strike was effective, but research showed that we only lost nine days pay. Nothing changed except our faith in our union. Folks, ask yourself some good questions. Remember the Visual and Performing Arts program? When was the last you heard of that? Is it interesting that three of the four teachers fueling that program won't be at FHS next year? Coincidence? I think not. The "president" vowed revenge once she wasn't included in the committee for the VPA. Powermongers in bed with downtown can get those sorts of things done. You'd expect to have Ms. Salerno-White quoted in the article defending Mr. Halloran wouldn't you? There she is, defending Corey. Think about it.

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  • Jennifer Myers FrenchMay 22, 2014 - 10:58 pm

    If you are going to lob attacks at someone else's character, integrity or simply their poor decision making... Kindly have the character, integrity and good citizenship to IDENTIFY YOURSELF rather than cowering in the shadows of anonymity... Unlike Mr or is it Ms RetiredFromFHS--- whomever you are I'm glad you are retired from our campus. I currently work at FHS. I have worked under 4 principals in far too short a time. Tim Halloran has been a great inspiration to my teaching and our school. Under his leadership we began to look differently at our students, our systems and very importantly at ourselves. If you were around as a teacher 2 1/2 years ago, at a very low point, you would know we had few options. I believe that as a staff we took the best option available... To stop blaming the DO or the parents or the kids or the money or the testing... Or any other lousy unfortunate complication.... And embrace "No excuses" Why should NOW be any different? Change is certain. Principals come and go. District admin, ditto. Lazy, uncaring teachers are either encouraged to change their path or hover in our midst under serving needy deserving kids. Burnt out cynical armchair quarterback complainers hang around until their retirement package ripens. Fresh attitudes come in every year to enliven our campus and engage our collaborative spirit. Our veteran core is never "old", they give strength. So "throw some shade" if it helps you process your disappointments. Some people, that's the best they've got to share. But I will advocate for my students alongside amazing colleagues--- rather than toss professionals under the bus without a shred of foundation. Comment on how you feel, or your concerns fine. Argue based on a rational progression of fact, not rumor or assumption, awesome. Baseless attacks, big thumbs down.

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  • RetiredFromFHSMay 15, 2014 - 2:52 pm

    No surprise that the Board is playing Keystone Cops. They sold their birthrights for a bowl of porridge when they gave the last superintendent dictatorial control over administrators. I could not believe my eyes when I saw ELECTED officials abandon their responsibility to those who elected them. So everyone loves Halloran. So what! This Board is less concerned with who runs our schools than they are with how boundary changes will affect their electability. I was with FHS long enough to remember when our superintendent had taught in our district and had grandchildren in our classrooms. We didn't have fly-by-night self promoters who used our children and teachers as rungs on their progressional ladder. Each new crop tears up the last sup's work in order to create an experiment they can brag about when they try for bigger bucks in the next district they ravage. I miss the days when downtown folks dropped into our classrooms to give us a pat on the back and the biggest complaint was from the teacher who didn't get a visit that day! Going to conferences was wonderful back then because other teachers were jealous of the support we got; now we are the laughing stock wherever we go. What can you say when teachers from other districts phone you in sympathy when the new superintendent is hired?

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  • Mr. SmithMay 15, 2014 - 3:27 pm

    Once the trustees unfairly forced Superintendent Ernie Moretti into retirement, it was all downhill from there. Ernie was the last home town boy. After that, the superintendent's office was either filled by whackos or petty tyrants (or both) for years by the school board. Those of you who have been around a while know what I mean. Truly a sad situation.

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  • MikeMay 15, 2014 - 4:26 pm

    Should be entertaining on May 22 Board meeting, ticked off students (maybe) and parents from FHS AND the Rolling Hills restraining order parent. I'll be there.

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  • JudyMay 15, 2014 - 4:57 pm

    I am extremely pleased that the truth is coming out. The information in these comments barely skim the surface. There is so much more that needs to come out. The Board is well aware of many things that go on in this district and choose to ignore rather than to fix and heal situations. The losers are the children. I look forward to more of the truth coming out. It is time to make some changes for the future of our children.

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  • EldaeMay 15, 2014 - 6:09 pm

    Tim Halloran has improved Fhs in every way, why are you and the district office against him?? If the superientent is praising Mr. Halloran's accomplishments while he has been at FHS, why is he leaving???

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  • Rich GiddensMay 15, 2014 - 6:20 pm

    And with that, I now officially give the Superintendent her new derisive name that she's stuck with for the rest of her life! I now pronounce thee ''Commie Corey''...LOL

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  • FHS anonymousMay 15, 2014 - 6:57 pm

    As a teacher at FHS, I am incredibly sad to see Tim leave our campus, and by the same token incredibly pissed off that unethical and quasi-criminal behavior can take place in an organization such as FSUSD unchecked. In case Corey forgot how to read or what the acronym stands for the "SD" is for "school-district" and schools are a place where our community has entrusted us with the care and education of its children. By continuously and consistently making decisions that are self-serving and in the worst interest of the children we care for and educate, I would argue that Corey is nothing but a common crook, seeking to suck as much money out of this district and its taxpayers as she can before she moves on to negatively impact thousands more lives in another higher-paying district. Anyone who wishes to contest this argument should take the time to meet the woman; she is fake in her outward appearance and interpersonal communications, and when you take the time to critically examine the decisions she has made, she is fake in her dedication to the students and teachers in the district she serves. Corey- You are a power monger and a crook. It sickens me that I have to work under you to serve the students in my classes. I, like Tim, feel intimidated and frightened in this district, and I would gladly go elsewhere, if I knew it didn’t mean my students having one less person in this district and school that cares about them. If you are having trouble getting by on a $300k+ salary and you think your job is stressful and you deserve more money, why don’t you stop by a math class and let them teach you how to budget (because you are clearly incompetent in that dept.) While you are there you can talk to any of the large population of poverty stricken kids and tell them your sob story about needing more money. Meanwhile their teacher will be bringing in boxes of granola bars and snacks, bought with the last $20 in their checking account, so that their students don’t go through class hungry. If you are having trouble reading the writing on the wall (or in this case the, web page), why don’t you stop by an English class and let them help you. While you are there, you might be shocked to see students struggling and even failing because they have not had a consistent teacher all year, but rather a string of inconsistent substitutes because of teaching vacancies that you allowed to persist while simultaneously creating and hiring numerous more unnecessary $100k + positions at the DO. It is time that the fear and intimidation taking place in FSUSD be aimed at the right person. Corey, I would be afraid if I was you, and the board ought to be fearful as well if they don’t hold you accountable. Because if you have difficulty subsisting on $300k, you are going to be hopeless without a job, and you have pissed off and screwed over too many good people to go on spewing your lies. A critical mass is gathering, and its eyes are going to scrutinize every decision you make from now on. Don’t expect your lies to go unchecked any longer. Having said that, I have never met someone more student centered that Mr. Halloran. What he says about the district is true- every word. I felt nothing but valued and supported in each and every interaction that I had with Tim, and my students felt likewise. In the movies, the guy who fights the good fight usually wins; Tim, I am sorry it didn’t work out that way this time, but know that you have inspired a campus, and we will not allow the work you started here to die in vain, nor will we stand idly by and allow the decisions that effect our students to be made by someone who only cares about her own self-serving agenda.

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  • Can't Believe my Ears ...May 15, 2014 - 7:25 pm

    "Salerno-White said Halloran’s account that secrecy is the norm at the Fairfield-Suisun School District and that it’s managed by fear, intimidation and bullying does not match her experience." I can't believe I'm reading this. While you were on FHS campus, you were always talking about filing grievances and saying how horrible admin was. I can't believe you are our union president. I don't want a "sell out" as my union president. Shameful to say the least. Secrecy is the norm. Breaking laws is the norm. There are many employees (from the top down) who feel intimidated and bullied and are afraid to come forth and tell of things they have seen and heard.

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  • ChristineMay 15, 2014 - 8:17 pm

    One of my kids who took chemistry always came home complaining about the way Salerno-White spoke disrespectfully about Mr. Halloran and boasted that she would eventually get him. Is this why you appear with Corey, Mrs. Salerno-White? I read and Reread your words and they are so deceptive. You aren't surprised about the improvement because the previous principal was fired, huh? So Halloran had nothing to do with it? You aren't surprised because the teachers worked so hard? So Halloran had nothing to do with it? My son told me that teachers were practically spitting on one another in the halls and that you made no secret of the teachers you hated, Mrs. White. Then Mr. Halloran came and that all changed. Oh. And you left the campus to be president, which probably helped too. My son also said you were very proud because you were getting your administrative credential. Are you scheduled to run the district next? If I were a union member teacher, I would start a recall election tonight!

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  • FHS StudentMay 15, 2014 - 7:27 pm

    We cannot change the decisions that have been made but we can surely change the future of fsusd admin. As a current student at FHS I have witnessed the corruption within the D.O since 2007, from numerous school closures to major budget cuts. Where has that money gone?... Definitely not towards improving the students education. The fact that all of my teachers pay for school supplies out of their pocket is disturbing and we all know teachers do not get paid what they deserve. These D.O administrators are so quick to judge yet those making all the decisions have never taught inside a classroom. I love Fairfield Highs teachers, admin and students, it is a shame that FHS is loosing the best principal it has had in 10 years.

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  • Rick LemkeMay 15, 2014 - 8:49 pm

    Kudos to Tim. He is correct in his assessment. I too have endured years of retaliation from this district. Everyone always thought I was just a trouble maker. All the unfair labor practice cases I won against the district as a union rep prove otherwise. As far as Ms. Salerno-White, she obviously doesn't remember when all the unions banded together because of the district leadership bullying. If you speak to any person in the district above the level of supervisor who's honest, they will tell you the are walking on eggshells. I'm sure Cory and the rest of the clones will tell you they are right. That just tells me they are blinded to their own ignorance, by their arrogance. And yeah, that's my real name.

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  • LucaloverMay 15, 2014 - 8:39 pm

    I will never forget how Sheila Mcabe belittled our entire staff during our IPR review in 2010. It was unbelievable. If all of the high schools are bad as she tells EVERYONE, why hasn't she been fired as the Director of our high schools? Now she's promoted in April! My next question? If Sheila Mcabe's new title is Executive Director of Administrative Services and Community Engagement, why isn't she speaking to the Daily Republic? The reason is she knows that if the truth about her behavior comes out her career is over.

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  • CL WilsonMay 15, 2014 - 9:10 pm

    I would be happy to do the job for less than 300k. I have wondered why we need to pay these salaries for subpar work. When it is questioned, the answer is to compete with other districts, but we hire money hungry leaders, instead of hiring people who want to help the children get an education.

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  • sonnycMay 15, 2014 - 9:26 pm

    When my son attended Fairfield High School, Mrs. Salerno spent every hour of the day when she was supposed to be teaching talking about who she was going to get fired. The Fairfield teachers need to stand up for Mr. Halloran and stand up too Mrs. Salerno.

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  • DaveMay 15, 2014 - 9:45 pm

    Does anyone know somebody who can externally investigate these wrong doings by FSUSD? A lawyer? Office of Civil Rights? Equal Employment Opportunity Commission? Something has to be done!

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  • HKMay 16, 2014 - 4:13 am

    I'd guess the grand jury; Yolo's grand jury is what made Cottingim flee into FSUSD's welcoming arms. But the scope of the problems dating back to the school closures, would make this an FBI issue.

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  • Fed UPMay 15, 2014 - 10:07 pm

    Vote in a NEW school board please! One that isn't old enough to have great-grandchildren in the district and one that will do their jobs of being the boss of the Superintendent! FFSUSD needs new blood not a retirement community HOA board!

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  • Falcon TeacherMay 15, 2014 - 10:42 pm

    It is very disappointing to work under a District Office that doesn't truly care about the future of its own student population. My first impression of Corey was as follows: Open Forum at FHS approximately 2 1/2 months after the start of the 2013-2014 school year. I'm there to speak on behalf of my students. At this point my advisory students are done with having sub after sub teaching English. It isn't the fact that they have a sub but the fact that they have gone through several subs at this point...no consistency...no lesson plans...no learning. Prior to the forum... "Do they even care about us?" The pleas and words from the students "Can you please ask the superintendent when we will have an English teacher?" What is wrong with this picture? Children asking for a teacher? Corey came into the forum and sat next to me. After building up the courage I ask "On behalf of my students...they would like to know the status of getting an English teacher." The students feel no one cares about the fact that they don't have an English teacher." Her response that I will never forget. "That is a Human Resource issue." Are you kidding me? Seriously? That is what I imagined I would say. I return to tell my students that the position got caught up in HR. Reality is that Corey was able to quickly get paper work through HR to create a position for Shelia McCabe but an English teacher position needs to wait. It doesn't surprise me that Corey would ask an amazing principal to resign. He is the same person who turned black and blue fighting to get a permanent teacher when even the words of children never touched her heart. How do you expect children to gain the skills to pass the CAHSEE and graduate when you can't provide them with a teacher who can help prepare them with the skills?

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  • Frustrated FacultyMay 15, 2014 - 11:31 pm

    The standard for the DO would make any politico proud. When deflection fails, blame another department. When that fails, ask ridiculous rhetorical questions like, "Well, what do you want us to do?" Last I checked, that was YOUR 400k in compensation and benefits job. Yet, strangely, you never listen when we make suggestions as the ones who actually work in those rooms!

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  • See'ja LaderMay 16, 2014 - 12:31 am

    STATE INVESTIGATION; NEEDED ANSWERS; DEMANDED CHANGE OF LEADERSHIP; IMPERATIVE GOVERNING BOARD; RECALL or NON RE-ELECT The powers that be have forgotten what they are here for. The Governing Board hold seats that "the people" elected them to be in to represent the interest the the two cities Fairfield and Suisun. If they can't do that, get them ALl out! A rogue administration needs to be exposed to the highest level possible. There needs to be a house cleaning at the "Big House!" Citizens of Fairfield and Suisun, this is our children's future at stake here. STOP the madness! Take to the streets! Demand that your children's education be protected from white collar thugs!

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  • ElizabethMay 16, 2014 - 7:41 am

    How do we get a state investigation? I know several parents and teachers who would love to share their stories, which are beyond comprehensible.

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  • dianna jonesMay 16, 2014 - 8:08 am

    oh and elizabeth i am sure there are plenty of school district employees that would love to share too.

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  • HKMay 16, 2014 - 1:56 pm

    As L. suggested above, parents who have students in this rotating substitute English class: file a complaint under the Williams act, while you still have a sympathetic principal: http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/cp/uc/willcomform.asp

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  • FHS UpsetMay 16, 2014 - 4:10 pm

    The following in an email sent to all FSUSD employees, and serves as an excellent example of just how good Corey is at lying through her teeth and justifying her own arrogance: Dear Staff, This has been a difficult week for the fine district of FSUSD with all the negative medial coverage and reader comments. I once heard a saying about those involved in education. "When the going gets tough, we circle the wagons....and then start shooting each other." Someone came to me and said, "It's so difficult because I feel as if I need to choose sides." There are no sides, and no need to choose sides. Any time there is adult drama, it takes the focus away from our students. The following has been taped to my various desks for many years: "As a teacher and then as a principal, I learned over and over again that the relationship among adults in the schoolhouse has more impact on the quality and character of the school--and on the accomplishment of youngsters--than any other factor." --Roland Barth During my first year of the superintendency, I have been talking a great deal about customer service. Customer services involves how we treat one another. We have an unfortunate reputation in this district of not being very customer friendly. We need to continue to work on this so that everyone in the organization is receiving quality customer service. This will continue to be a focus in future years. Many are wondering as to the process regarding the hiring and placement of our administrators. With administration, it is a bit different from our bargaining units that have a contract that defines the process. With management, there is no set process. Typically, we first look at our current management team and ask if there are people interested in a change in assignment. Often times, administrators will meet with either their supervisor, Human Resources, or the superintendent to discuss career goals and ask for consideration of open positions. The supervisor's recommendation is taken to either to Cabinet or Executive Cabinet for discussion. If the team determines we have a quality candidate, we go through an appointment rather than a formal interview process. In the case of the three elementary openings this year, none of our current administrators initially expressed interest in those positions. The positions were advertised and a very rigorous interview process was put in place. This process includes the following: A telephone interview focused on core values and follow through behaviors. A panel interview composed of representatives from the school, FSUTA, CSEA, and the management team. A written exercise A second round interview with members of the Educational Services team and with Executive Cabinet A final interview with the superintendent In either of these cases, the Governing Board makes the final approval. In closed session, either Human Resources or the Superintendent recommends the candidate and provides the Governing Board with qualifications and feedback from references. The Governing Board then votes to appoint or not appoint the recommended candidate. On our Board agenda for May 22, we have the following positions listed for Public Employment: Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Elementary Principal High School Principals Director of Special Education Our goal is to have all of our management team in place on July 1. My sincere hope is that soon our local media will focus more of its energy on the many, many wonderful things happening in our school district. This week, I witnessed fabulous writing and small group instruction at Cleo Gordon, cross-age tutoring and the infusion of technology at Anna Kyle Elementary, an amazing art unit critiquing artists such as Freda Kahlo, Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh in a kindergarten class at Sheldon, 86 students being honored because they had a 4.0 or above GPA, co-teaching at Armijo High School, and special education students from throughout the district dancing, smiling, and laughing at the Spring Fling held in Armijo's gym. We also had a group from Laurel Creek who visited people in convalescent homes to sing and share what they have learned about American History. These are only a small sample of the stellar things happening in our school district. We know we can always to a better job. We can treat people kinder. We can communicate more often. It is all about learning. And, I LOVE LEARNING. It is why I am in this profession. As many of you know, I grew up as an educator in FSUSD. I take great pride in this district. We are accomplishing many wonderful things and will continue to do so as we "circle the wagons" for the benefit of our students. For those of you who have emailed me, you know I personally answer my own email. If you have any questions or concerns you would like for me to address, please feel free to email me. Respectfully, Kris To Corey: In case you are incapable of reading words as they are written, which clearly seems to be the case based on your consistent warped perception of all you see, no one is circling the wagons at FHS to shoot each other. In fact, this staff is united and committed to serving their students. The only one being circled is you and those working with you that are making detrimental decisions for our students. We fear what is coming, which is that you will dismantle, piece by piece, everything that the staff and students at FHS and Tim worked so hard to build. The email you sent us answers not a single charge that has been set forth on this public forum. You are great at talking yourself in circles, but you have answered nothing here. So go ahead and keep talking all you want. Something taped to my desk says that actions speak louder that words, and every action you have taken is the wrong one. You cannot justify hiring multiple D.O. positions at insane and unnecessary salaries while multiple classrooms in your district have had NO TEACHER IN A CLASSROOM ALL YEAR! And these are the indisputable facts that have come from your decision making. So go ahead and continue to play your B.S. PR game and blame the negative attention on the media (by the way that is how you spell media), but in reality the rest of us know that negative attention is on you and your decisions. "One word of truth outweighs the world" -Alexandr Solzhenitsyn

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  • Frustrated, Sad, Beyond DisappointedMay 16, 2014 - 5:01 pm

    I was insulted to receive that email. We are tired of the lies. We are tired of bullying. We are tired of the law breaking. We are not turning against each other. We are voicing the truth about our leadership. We support each other at the school sites. We support our students and most importantly, most of us support the parents who the district lies to continuously. Tim Halloran just opened the door for the truth to come tumbling out. Parents, I'm hoping to see a packed house at the next board meeting. Let's get the liars, cheaters, law breakers, bullies out of the district office. Let's clean house so we can all focus on our students and feel good about the people who speak for us in public office. So many people in power have taken advantage of their positions, denied our students the resources they need to succeed, and then been promoted. Sadly, the affairs referenced in the string of comments are common knowledge. While that was happening, do you think our students (your children) or teachers were the focal point? And you, Kris Corey (and the board) know about it and YOU HAVE CHOSEN TO IGNORE IT! Send a letter that addresses the real issues, not a letter blaming your employees for circling the wagon. Send a letter saying you know we are broken and you are going to do everything in your power to fix it, including getting people off your staff. We are telling the truth! It will be easy to prove. If you are a parent in this district, do not ignore these comments. This is our way of telling you the truth of what is going on. Take heed. Take action. Your children are worth it!

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  • Rick WoodMay 16, 2014 - 7:30 pm

    Wow. What a tangled web this is. Superintendent Corey, you should be POed that you were blind-sided by this. Better come up with something better than "this is news to me!" Governing Board, we elected you to act in our stead. "No comment" will not suffice. You may not want this mess, but you've got it, and it's the job you ran for and were elected to do. You'd better come up with a better response. An investigation of these accusations and counter-accusations by an impartial, neutral party is in order. The County Office of Education could oversee it, but bring in some top professionals.

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  • Ladies firstMay 16, 2014 - 10:10 pm

    Medial coverage? Who is Kris Corey's editor? The wagon's are circling alright. They're circling around your career. Let's just get some things out in the open: the first vote taken to approve you as superintendent was 4-3. The second vote was 6-0-1. And what is with taping quotes to your desk? Please tape the mouths of your employees who have made horrible comments about so many teachers, classified employees, and principals. I work in the district office and I'm sickened by what I've heard over the years. Ask Ms. Salerno if she had any conversations with other district employees after your meeting with her today. She did. You might also want to know that your informant who visits you time after time during the week to give you information doesn't speak well of you to her friends at Travis. Yes, I'm talking about Dr. McCabe.

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  • DeeMay 16, 2014 - 10:26 pm

    Sooo Sad, FSUSD sucks, new teachers BEWARE

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  • Former Friend of LaurelMay 17, 2014 - 9:10 am

    As teachers in the district many of us met at Chevy's in Fairfield on May 14 to celebrate the Day of the Teacher. Our FSUTA President was making rude comments about Principal Halloran. I was standing right there when she made them! Laurel has always been vindictive and was begging us to strike years ago. The best thing that happened to our school campus was her departure. She is a vicious and cruel woman. Her husband is a Buddhist Priest and is sweet man. Anyone who has sat in her husbands meditation grove is puzzled as to why he married this vicious human being. This unfortunately explains why she is now cozying up to Corey. In the past she has said vile things about both both Corey and Jackie Dias to all of us on the FHS campus. The problem is that a majority of the teachers are too frightened and intimated to stand up to Laurel. I am calling for our entire faculty to not just show up for one board meeting, but to show until some of these people are sent packing. The Board and Corey are betting that they just have to make it through the upcoming Thursday board meeting. If the school year ends and we don't show up for the following meeting they'll know we weren't serious. Most importantly Laurel MUST BE RELIEVED OF HER DUTIES IMMEDIATELY. A motion must be made by all FSUTA members at an emergency meeting. Laurel was at the district office yesterday for two meetings and one was with Corey. Laurel's talking out two sides of her mouth and that's not in our best interest. She's dishonest and we've known it for a long time. We cannot allow her to make such ridiculous comments about the district office and her not experiencing bullying when all she's done is make slanderous comments about them for so long. The district office deserves Laurel and her wickedness, Mr. Halloran does not deserve her wickedness. Lets relieve her of her duties now and try to keep a the best the principal we've had in many years. We cannot be accomplices to her wicked behavior. She's preyed on our administrators long enough and our union has no credibility with her representing us. I want our principal to stay. I want Laurel to go.

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  • CabernetMay 17, 2014 - 9:39 am

    Why would you, Ms. Salerno, visit with Kris Corey? What could you possibly be discussing? After all these comments, why aren't you on the school sites talking to us and asking us how you can support us? Asking us if we feel threatened, intimidated, and unsupported? I do. Do you care? You couldn't possibly help us if you're too busy trying to help Corey. Recently, I was going to come to you and talk to you about some very serious issues. Something told me to wait and ask around to see if I could trust you to support me. Thank God I didn't come to you. Again I ask, why were you at the district office and not at the schools talking to us? Tim was the district's hero. I heard the following at the district office before he came to FHS: He is a "breath of fresh air." If anyone can help FHS, Tim Halloran can. We trust him to change the climate at FHS. -- Indeed, he did and is doing a great job! So, why harass and pressure him out of the job. Did he not say "yes" enough to the district. We all know what happens when you dare to disagree with them. I know this district well. If an emergency meeting is called, I will be there ready to sign. I wouldn't come to you now if my life depended on it. Thank God people are coming forth and shedding some light on where your loyalties lie. We need someone who can support us, someone we can trust, and someone who will stand for us. You can't do that if you stand with them. You're supposed to help the teachers!

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  • John Salerno-WhiteMay 18, 2014 - 9:24 pm

    Dear "Former Friend of Laurel," Please accept this response to the segment of your post in which you stated (regarding Laurel Salerno-White): "She is a vicious and cruel woman. Her husband is a Buddhist Priest and is sweet man. Anyone who has sat in her husband's meditation grove is puzzled as to why he married this vicious human being." While I was a high school teacher the feedback I received from administration, staff, parents, and students included that: I was both helpful and a hindrance; I was caring and neglectful; I was fascinating and boring; I was trustworthy and disloyal; I was credible and false; I was proficient and deficient; and so on. Some people offered contradictory, sequential feedback--ranging from positive to negative or vice versa--all within a few weeks' time. The vast majority of both the favorable comments and the unfavorable comments came from people with whom I had never shared a deep conversation. So it goes both inside and outside of our public education arena -- there is seldom the time to go beyond the brief, glimpsed perceptions of an individual and get the opportunity to make real connections. If you truly wish to know why I have entrusted to Laurel 26 years of my limited existence, then please contact me. We can enjoy our time sitting at a local coffeehouse, sorting our perceptions & experiences, and eventually coming to better human understanding. Peace, John Salerno-White

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  • ?May 17, 2014 - 9:58 am

    One question. See'ja Lader made a comment on May 16, 2014 at 12:31 a.m. about a State investigation. When did the district conduct a formal investigation into Principal Halloran's complaints? Superintendent Corey told the Daily Republic “I’m saddened by his perspective, I pride myself on being very open.” As an attorney who has practiced law for over fifteen years I interpret that statement to mean "We have conducted no investigation into any of the principal's complaints." Not good.

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  • FSUSD EmployeeMay 17, 2014 - 10:53 am

    Look into the number of Unfair Labor Practices this district has had filed against them in the last two years (If you want real evidence into the corruption, harassment, lying, and scare tactics the district office and MANY administrators use).When filed with PERB, and upon it's conclusion, it becomes public information. You can witness how a group of unscrupulous administrators, coupled with those at the district office (literally), who protect and serve their own interests, will do anything to tear teachers, and entire schools sites to the ground. With the exception of Rob Martinez, I wouldn't trust anyone at the top of the district office pyramid. Some principals, (and the majority of highly paid district office administrators) engage in harassment, bullying, scare tactics, and illegal behavior because they can. It takes brave teachers and strong, decent principals to stand up against corruptive power and demand treatment that is just and fair. Power seems to have corrupted our district. Perhaps when a superintendent makes more than the President of the United States of America, there is a problem with narcism and a feeling of entitlement. After all, the board approves, the board knows, the board appoints. The board doesn't care that good teachers do battle with bad principals everyday, and good principals do battle with bad district officials everyday. If they cared they would clean house. We would have leaders to be proud of, that we could look up to and follow. Leaders that inspire us with passion for teaching and learning. Leaders who build up their schools, it's climate, and community. It's so rare when we get one, and they last such a short while. The unscrupulous ones however, have a long shelf life, protected in their own City State.

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  • Hope the criminals get caughtMay 17, 2014 - 2:02 pm

    To FSUSD employee: I am glad you mentioned harrasement from school principals, because the assistant principals can be bullies to. I have seen it happen first hand and I hope that the people they keep bullying continues to move forward with the union. It is a sad thing when people with titles think they are above us classified workers!

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  • BootinassMay 17, 2014 - 2:59 pm

    Taking about bullying/ harrasement how many of you have been told to do as I say or I will put a boot up ur A--. When I went to the union I was told go back to work, quit complaining if I want to keep my job. So there you go folks it's district wide!

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  • My Two CentsMay 17, 2014 - 5:03 pm

    thank you bootinass. Your experience was my own. When I was in my first two years as a probationary employee teaching at Armijo, I was amazed by how Mr. Aronson would talk about the principal, vice principals, and the superintendent. I can't speak for thee superintendent, but my experience with my administrators was what I hoped it would be when I got my first job. Mr. Aronson didn't teach all day and he would invite me to come by on my prep to observe his class. The students were totally aware of how bad he was and it was evident he didn't like them. What stuck out for me personally was how he wanted me to dislike the administrators because he did. Truth be told, he didn't teach. I was dumbfounded by how he got paid to write grievances from his computer all day. After five years in the profession I've learned that the worst teachers quickly become union representatives. It makes sense. They have to protect themselves from being scrutinized for a lack of professionalism or their disdain for children. The worst teacher-offenders blame corrupt district officials or bad site administrators for "lack of support" or "bullying". If I've learned anything in my brief time in education it's that really great teachers like the ones I was mentored by or observed do not need administrators. The bad ones did; to blame for their lack of ability or professionalism. I'm not saying that some administrators aren't better than others. I am saying that the teachers in the union or our union representatives constantly ridicule the students and administrators in the lunch room every day and frequently brag about suspending students or filing grievances against administrators. I love what I do but these people are mean. My two cents.

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  • In response to two centsMay 21, 2014 - 7:32 pm

    You state that the worst teachers are union reps and for that perceptions I'm sorry. As a union rep, I am dedicated to helping teachers and my students. I do not sit in the lunchroom bad mouthing students as you alluded to not do I spend all day trying to "catch admin" dining something I can grieve. I work with my teachers and admin to honor our contract so that I can do my job and teach students who deserve a teacher who cares about them in the classroom. Perhaps you should get involved with the union before you disparage the organization that helps you do your job the way you wish to.

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  • Stick to the FactsMay 18, 2014 - 11:01 am

    Anyone with knowledge/situation of the district knowingly breaking the law or lying should come forward and start sharing. Bring your emails, letters, or whatever supports the facts as the district will twist your words as usual or worse, call you a liar and an uneducated parent. That's their usual position and the board buys into it because they forgot to read their job description.

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  • It Ain't Me, Babe...May 18, 2014 - 11:42 am

    My name is Marla Oxley, and, no, I am not leaving anonymous postings on this forum. Yes, over the years I sent many very frank opinions via email, but there was never a doubt about my identity. One principal told me, "I never have to worry about you stabbing me in the back; if you have something to say, you say it, and you're funny, too." So, nope, it's not me. I have 11 days until eternal summer, I live far away, and I've been helping my 2-year-old granddaughter live through chicken pox by playing with Play Dough and taking bubble baths so my daughter can nurse the 2-month-old. I'm happy as a pig in poop. I have enjoyed all the emails from former FHS teachers and I'm flattered that some think it's he, but, no, I can't take credit. I still enjoy catching up, so email me anyway! Hugs! Marla

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  • Wouldn't you like to know?May 18, 2014 - 2:16 pm

    Kris has had a horrible reputation with teachers for years. You can not be trusted when you sleep your way to the top and disrespect teachers in their own classrooms. She interrupts teaching when she walks into classrooms and needs to be recognized or put her two cents in. There is a reason there are KFC buckets in schools when they know she is coming and it's not because she is fantastic!

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  • HGR person who knowsMay 19, 2014 - 5:33 pm

    Thanks, Wouldn't You Like to Know. You made me laugh. I am a retired teacher and worked at the school where the teachers had the KFC bucket. It was not put out when Corey was coming, but was there for a while with flowers. The teachers did call her KFC and still do. She made sure the principal was told to leave because the teachers spoke the way they felt. Maybe someone could contact that principal. She is still in the district, as a teacher because she wanted to file hostile working environment against Corey. Sound familiar Mr. Halloran?

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  • It Ain't Me, BabeMay 19, 2014 - 6:42 pm

    Kris, I've taught at FHS for 33 years. Last year, we had a horrible WASC experience. Tim rallied the staff and the students, parent volunteers and hall monitors. He presented a menu approach in which we could throw our efforts behind a cause we believed in. (You know that studies show over and over again that the best results are produced with programs the teachers are excited about.) He said "yes" to every single idea thrown out by any teacher and allowed it to be tried. Why, tomorrow, there will be a game show like "Let's Make A Deal" in which students who received Character awards throughout the year will compete for prizes donated by community businesses and citizens. Was this something Tim thought up? No. It is something he said "yes" to. FHS just had its one-year review and the results are expected to be very positive. I have carefully watched our emails. Kris, your little bulletins are very sweet, but take a little time away from that and give hard-working employees an occasional pat on the butt! It's very nice that you praised Tim in the paper, but you and I both know that you did not say one thing to the staff. Our staff is walking around like zombies right now. It's just heartbreaking! Kris, our students are so sad in classes right now. Great big hulking teenagers as sad as little five-year-olds! It's so hard to work them hard when I just want to hug them and tell them everything is going to be alright. The reason I can't do that is that it might not be alright. Kris, do the right thing, please. You're in your first year, so it's okay, really it is. The only mistake you can make now is to hide behind corporate structure instead of healing this terrible rift. You are the head of the family; Kris, do the right thing. It will be hard, but I know you won't regret it. Marla "Is She Still Alive" Oxley

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  • It Ain't Me, BabeMay 19, 2014 - 6:45 pm

    The above author acknowledges the comma splice but sees no method to remedy the error. The above author is now walking around with a paper bag over her head. Comma splices horrify her!

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  • John Salerno-WhiteMay 20, 2014 - 6:23 am

    Dear "Former Friend of Laurel," Please accept this response to the segment of your post in which you stated (regarding Laurel Salerno-White): "She is a vicious and cruel woman. Her husband is a Buddhist Priest and is sweet man. Anyone who has sat in her husband's meditation grove is puzzled as to why he married this vicious human being." While I was a high school teacher the feedback I received from administration, staff, parents, and students included that: I was both helpful and a hindrance; I was caring and neglectful; I was fascinating and boring; I was trustworthy and disloyal; I was credible and false; I was proficient and deficient; and so on. Some people offered contradictory, sequential feedback--ranging from positive to negative or vice versa--all within a few weeks' time. The vast majority of both the favorable comments and the unfavorable comments came from people with whom I had never shared a deep conversation. So it goes both inside and outside of our public education arena -- there is seldom the time to go beyond the brief, glimpsed perceptions of an individual and get the opportunity to make real connections. If you truly wish to know why I have entrusted to Laurel 26 years of my limited existence, then please contact me. We can enjoy our time sitting at a local coffeehouse, sorting our perceptions & experiences, and eventually coming to better human understanding. Peace, John Salerno-White

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  • LindaMay 20, 2014 - 6:54 pm

    When I read Laurel's comments, I saw a positive comment for teachers, a positive comment for an administrator and a positive comment for the DO. From those supportive comments anger at Laurel is unjustified. My experience with Laurel, is that she is professional, ethical and compassionate. I stand beside her.

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  • LindaMay 20, 2014 - 6:55 pm

    When I read Laurel's comments, I saw a positive comment for teachers, a positive comment for an administrator and a positive comment for the DO. From those supportive comments anger at Laurel is unjustified. My experience with Laurel, is that she is professional, ethical and compassionate. I stand beside her.

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  • Falcon4LifeMay 20, 2014 - 8:24 pm

    The FSUTA newsletter that was placed in my box with Laurel's "short story" is embarrasing. Did the reporter misquoted you Laurel? We're your words taken out of context? And by the way, your explanation the other evening at the FSUTA meeting of the minds was laughable. You are a fraud. A large majority of your peers despise your existence both on and off our campus. You stabbed Mr. Halloran in the back and got caught. If anyone had audiotaped any one of the hundreds of snide and reprehensible remarks you've made over the years about teachers, administrators or district office employees the entire county would know how repugnant you really are. And for the record, you told everyone you were "getting your administrative credential so that you could rid the DO and the sites of everyone you didn't like including some of "the horrible FHS teachers. Karma, please cone quickly.

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  • Teacher-Teacher-TeacherMay 20, 2014 - 9:06 pm

    As a teacher in the district, I also received the "Newsbreaker." Your say that "The reporter did not ask me about our site administrators. Had he done so, I would have responded that we do, indeed, have administrators who run schools in this way ... the district administration is certainly NOT the worst by far. In fact, it may be the best." If lying, manipulating, and covering for each other is "the best," I don't want to see the worst. Here's the truth of the matter madam president. Your attempt to change the focus to site administrators is wrong. Tim is a site administrator. Obviously, he is loved and trusted as are many others. You are taking away my voice by taking away from what Tim Halloran is trying to shed light on. In these comments, you see how many of us feel. You are taking away my voice by patting the district on the back. Why? What's the point? You don't speak for me. I have watched this district lie for years. How can you say they are "the best." You should listen to your union members, take a poll, take a survey, speak to us, find the real pulse, and then speak on our behalf and represent us better. The admin on the hill are by far the worst people I have ever met. My goal is to leave this district -- has been for a while -- because of how this district manipulates and lies. Nothing you say could convince me that top level admin "may be the best" because I know too much. Some of us (as I won't speak for all) understand very clearly that you and the district are cozy. That's the point you drove home today in your "Newsbreaker."

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  • FHS anonymousMay 21, 2014 - 4:48 pm

    The following was sent by a union rep. at FHS to Kris Corey on behalf of the FHS staff. The email and its questions detail the many many concerns us teachers at FHS have about the future of our campus and our students. After question #14 follows Kris Corey’s response, which is again a prime example of corrupt politics at work and her dedication to avoiding any kind of real work/ progress in the district she is responsible for: Superintendent Corey, Tomorrow our staff is scheduled to have an IPR with you and your team. As you had noted in an email to the district, this has been a very trying time. As you can imagine, within the ever-changing landscape at Fairfield High School, our remaining colleagues have become somewhat anxious and concerned about the future of FHS. As a way to assuage the concerns of student and staff alike, we have gathered the following questions so that rather than have rumor-mongering rule the day, real answers can be given and FHS can continue to grow and move forward. Thanks in advance for your support, Mary Llewelyn 1. Are we the teachers going to be able to use the WASC as a document to guide and document our work at FHS? Or will our process be stripped away bit by bit? . 2. What will be the stated mission of the incoming principal? Will the DO please explain their intentions clearly, so that we can understand their goals and not have admin be our "shield" from them? 3. So, what is their (DO) vision for our school? And where do they see our school in relation to that vision? And what would they consider to be reasonable, measurable movement toward that vision? 4. Related to number 3-What is the DO's vision of the overall district? 5. How at risk are Will and Sarah for their jobs at this point? 6. Is the DO going to actually ever praise FHS for any of the awesome stuff we do in a more public format than one email to the principal? 7. How is the district going to attract quality leadership to the role of Principal at FHS, considering the job seems to last 2 years? 8. How is the DO going to change their method of support for the new principal to ensure that they last longer than 2 years? 9. What training is/should be done to ensure that the "Central Office" can select a principal who is a fit? We, as a staff were given Mark Roberts and he was touted as "wonderful," and With Tim, we would have YEARS with him. However your choices have not panned out. 10. How will the district support our WASC Action Plan and help support our needs for the 2015 spring visit? 11. On behalf of the Staff, I would like to ask about the future of No Excuses University at FHS. Will the new Principal and/or you support our efforts to improve our school via the six exceptional systems? Note: Culture and Collaborative have made great strides and all six are a work in progress. 12. On behalf of the Staff, I would like to ask, "What are YOUR(DO) plans for FHS?" With all of the Admin changes that have witnessed at FHS, it seems that you are not getting what you/DO want(s); What do you want? 13. Can we begin the heavy lifting necessary to connect with stakeholders outside of district and campus staff in areas of truancy/behavior/academics interventions? In all of these areas FHS staff have stepped forward to do the work and on some noteworthy occasions been thwarted by either district disinterest or outright sabotage. Instead of bland orders to "lower suspensions and expulsions" there should be guidance and support in the form of resources for planning and training? 14. Where does our STEM program fit in with what they have planned at the district? (Originally we were supposed to be THE magnet school for engineering/robotics, but it looks like that is changing now. ie. Armijo) Dear Mary, Thank you for your email. I am going to refer you to your site administrator regarding the IPR agenda. The agenda setting of the In Progress Review is done in collaboration with the site administrator and the central office staff. To my knowledge, the questions you have raised are not a part of the agenda. Additionally, the IPR is a function of Educational Services. I have not been in attendance at the IPRs this year due to my new position. We do plan on appointing a principal for Fairfield High School at the Governing Board meeting this Thursday. Once we have this appointment made, we see the need for an open dialogue with FHS staff and the new principal to address these concerns and set a course for the future of FHS. We are all on the same page because we share in the goal of FHS being the most successful high school it can be. Our students deserve this. Respectfully, Kris Corey, Superintendent Kris, please locate your sphincter and remove your head. This is an obvious ploy to avoid an even more obvious problem. Good leaders don’t read emails about problems from the people they lead and say, “huh, I think I will deal with this later.” Your lack of caring for anything but your own agenda is completely evident here. Either own up to the wrongs you have committed and show us you care, or get the hell out of town and find some other district to destroy. Right now you are the largest factor inhibiting student success at FHS, so get rid of that ridiculous D.O. staff you have (I watched a number of them playing games on their phones for the entirety of the meeting mentioned above.), and try doing some real work in this district for a change. Maybe then your labor will at least be worth the same as the kid at the drive thru where I’m eating dinner tonight. (Still a far cry from the quarter million $ + that you steal from this district every time your paycheck is signed.)

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  • The Choice is YoursMay 21, 2014 - 8:02 pm

    Today's IPR at FHS was mind boggling. Shelia hardly said a word. Mumbled something about the budget and read from a sheet of paper. We momentarily considered the possibility that she cared what we thought, then we came back to our senses. Why you ask? Sheila McCabe's manic behavior. After years of interaction either on campus or during district functions It's apparent that she's the catalyst behind the instability of the school. Sheila McCabe has been over our middle and high school for many years now. That being said, if the high schools have performed so poorly, isn't she responsible? I originally attributed the manic behavior I've witnessed from Sheila McCabe to stress, but today I realized that what I believed to be stress is actually fear. Sheila wants to control everyone and everything she sees. Specifically, when Sheila disagrees with someone she immediately responds "The expectation is..." Sheila McCabe has no desire to hear anything from anyone. She's devoid of social skills. If Sheila believes she's in the presence of anyone who is imminently likable (such as Principal Halloran) she quickly goes for the jugular because she is so insecure. Think about it. How many times has she shared with anyone who was unfortunate enough to be in earshot, "my father was an attorney" when it wasn't even relevant to the conversation. I would also like to point out that while she was in Travis she was notorious for dumping students I to the continuation program just before STAR Testing. Sheila McCabe has harmed many students both directly and indirectly and it's time that Kris Corey be given an ultimatum. It's Sheila McCabe or your superintendency. Since Kris Corey didn't attend today's meeting we assumed she was either penning an apology to Mr. Halloran or intimidating her subordinates. Either way, it doesn't really matter. These Board members must go. Old fashioned addition by subtraction.

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