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Time for independent investigation

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From page A11 | June 13, 2014 |

With the resignation of Fairfield High School Principal Tim Halloran, I became very concerned about management practices at the district. I expressed my concern publicly in a Daily Republic column posted Saturday.

Halloran publicly claimed that he was harassed and bullied by Fairfield-Suisun School District administrators. Board policy 4030 requires that any claim of harassment or discrimination be investigated immediately. It would be helpful if the public were aware of some details of that investigation, such as dates and times of interviews with the parties involved.

At the present time, the trustees appear to have failed to follow board policy. However, it is not too late.

Halloran’s public statements should trigger that investigation. I believe that any investigation should be conducted by an impartial third party or group since the parties involved are top administrators. It is impossible for them to be impartial. They would be investigating their own actions. Potential witnesses would fear retribution.

This issue will not go away. I can guarantee that. If the board takes action to initiate an impartial investigation now, the district will forego the possibility of investigations by the grand jury and the Department of Justice. Failure to do so will seriously damage the reputations and credibility of the board members.

Murray Bass

Suisun City

Letter to the Editor

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  • In support of the truthJune 12, 2014 - 9:45 pm

    Thank you Mr. Bass. As a long time employee of the FSUSD I sometimes think I'm hoping against hope that the grand jury or department of justice will catch these arrogant and cruel people in one of their many lies. The superintendent and the director of secondary education have been carrying on like this for years and the public needs to hear what goes on inside these walls. I would gladly meet with any representatives to share some of the shameless and wicked behavior I have personally witnessed.

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  • Jason KnowlesJune 13, 2014 - 12:56 am

    Per Ed code rules, they are not obligated to discuss "personnel matters" so don't hold your breath, Murray. I have first hand experience about what happens when you refuse to "go along to get along" in FSUSD.

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  • PLEASE INVESTIGATE!June 13, 2014 - 6:01 am

    There are many DO staff that would wait in line to share how the superintendent and her cronies operate. The intimidation and backstabbing that goes on here would definitely end quickly if any of us were asked to speak in an independent investigation.

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  • 2realJune 13, 2014 - 6:11 am

    Its not the watergate scandal..!! Sheesh

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  • CoreygateJune 13, 2014 - 7:25 am

    You're right. The people involved in the Coreygate cover up are far worse.

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  • Rick WoodJune 13, 2014 - 6:58 am

    I agree. The results don't have to be public. That's why we have a school board elected to represent the public. It's the process sometimes that's more important to public perception than the content.

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  • BobJune 13, 2014 - 8:43 am

    Mr Bass, please don't let these these people go unpunished

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  • mike kirchubelJune 13, 2014 - 10:02 am

    Murray, i agree, but why use the 350 word letter to the editor format? This would have made an excellent column.

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  • JagJune 13, 2014 - 10:30 am

    What difference does it make?... Oh sorry wrong issue I just read independent investigation,,, Go get them Murray I still don’t understand why Dr. Mark Roberts was fired from Fairfield high in 2012, he turned the school around and did a good job,

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