Give Ravitch time
EDITOR: There is a saying: "My mind is made up, don't bother me with the facts." I think of that when I read the letters criticizing Jill Ravitch for her Close to Home column on the Andy Lopez investigation ("A need for accountability, process and patience in Andy Lopez case," Feb 15).
This tragedy has polarized our county, and our district attorney simply stated what her role in the investigation is, not what should happen or will happen. Her column expressed an honest and measured response and is one of the reasons why I appreciate Ravitch. I have always known her to personify honesty and integrity, and in her handling of this case, she is showing grace under pressure. Let her do her job.
EDITOR: The Sunday edition included a Santa Rosa City Schools ad for a position of "chief assistant to the superintendent," with an advertised salary of up to $73,812. I would assume that the benefit package will add to the figure.
As a retired principal (Piner High School), I am very aware of continual community concerns regarding a perceived notion of a bloated administrative staff. This new district-level position can only help foster that notion. The job description sounds like a high-paid clerical administrator who will take over many of the duties of a very highly paid superintendent.
Will this chief administrative assistant supervise all of the other lesser administrative assistants? Is it really needed at this time in light of everything else facing the district? Do we not have assistant superintendents as well as directors who can handle these duties?
Is funding for this position coming from the general fund or from some special fund? We hear constantly that there are limited funds for educational programs as well as for staff salary increases. The question is, is this a prudent expenditure in the present economic situation facing all public agencies?