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Harvest Park Middle School principal abruptly resigns

District to recommend San Ramon administrator as replacement

Less than three months into his new role as Harvest Park Middle School principal, Ethan Cheever has announced his resignation effective next Friday, Sept. 30.

The decision was first publicized in a letter Cheever emailed out to the Harvest Park community Wednesday afternoon, saying he has accepted a position closer to home and family. Cheever did not specify what that position is and could not be reached for comment Thursday.

"It was an incredibly difficult decision, but I wanted to let you know that I have accepted a position closer to home and family," Cheever said in the letter. "While I have loved my time at the site, my position and the demands thereof have been very hard on my family much more so than was anticipated."

Cheever added that while he will miss the Harvest Park community, being closer to home will allow him to spend more time with his family.

"I have learned a lot during my time here, especially about the Pleasanton community," Cheever said. "I am very thankful to those that have helped and supported me, and I will do everything I can to support my successor to make a smooth and easy transition."

Pleasanton Unified School District spokesman Patrick Gannon said Cheever notified the district of his decision within the last week. Gannon added that Cheever alone made the decision to leave and that the district did not know of any other reasons behind his departure. He did not know where Cheever was headed next.

In a press release late Wednesday, Pleasanton School Superintendent Rick Rubino said that he would recommend Robin Munsell as the new Harvest Park principal to the school board when it meets Tuesday night.

Munsell has spent the last four years as the assistant principal of Gale Ranch Middle School in San Ramon. Before going to San Ramon, Munsell spent seven years as an English teacher in Castro Valley.

"We have thoroughly vetted Robin Munsell through a rigorous interview process that included staff and parents from the Harvest Park Middle School community, as well as through a finalist interview with the superintendent's cabinet," Rubino said. "We firmly believe that Robin Munsell will bring a strong background in instructional leadership to Harvest Park Middle School."

Munsell said via email Thursday she would rather not comment on her Harvest Park candidacy until after the school board meeting.

Munsell emerged from the Harvest Park job interview process in June as a top finalist, but ultimately Cheever was selected for the position according to Gannon. When the district learned of Cheever's plans to resign, officials mulled over a number of options for replacing him, Gannon said.

"The other options that were discussed were that we could have an interim principal, or we could have had a retiree come in for a period of time," Gannon said. "The district chose to go back to the top candidates that were recently considered in June, and Robin was selected from that group."

A prospective start date for Munsell has not yet been identified.

If selected by the school board, Munsell would be Harvest Park's sixth principal in a little over a year.

In summer 2015 former principal Ken Rocha was promoted to director of education for the district's elementary and middle schools. Jill Butler was selected as interim principal for the school year, but due to some district-level resignations that led to administrative vacancies, she was then appointed Pleasanton Middle School's principal. Steve Maher and Amy Theberge took over as interim co-principals last November and served through the end of the school year.

Cheever was named the new Harvest Park principal at a school board meeting in June, one of four new principals in the district this school year. Prior to taking the job in Pleasanton, he served as the principal of Parkside Intermediate School in San Bruno.

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Posted by Eric
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Sep 21, 2016 at 8:58 pm

Despicable. Why take the job in the first place? A weeks notice. Kids that came from Walnut Grove have now had 9 full time and part time Principals. More than 1/year.


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Posted by HIREFROMWITHIN
a resident of Harvest Park Middle School
on Sep 21, 2016 at 10:15 pm

What about Mr. Parsons for Principal? He has been at Harvest Park for years, graduated from Cal and is amazing with the kids and it sounds like the staff loves him as well. DO what is best for the kids and the staff. Hire from within, please. The HP community needs this.


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Posted by HIREFROMWITHIN
a resident of Harvest Park Middle School
on Sep 21, 2016 at 10:26 pm

Here is Mr. Parsons BIO:

Web Link

School Board if you are reading this please consider him as the next Principal at HP. Make him the interim principal for the year and then make a decision based on his results. As the staff what they want. Ask the kids what they want.

Ps. Don't principals have contracts? I don't understand how a Principal can resign after just being hired a couple of months ago.



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Posted by Turnover
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 21, 2016 at 11:02 pm

There has been three times the principal turnover since the principals started reporting to Odie Douglas compared to the former Asst Supt of Ed Services.

The first day at HPMS some classes in math only had Volume 2 (not Volume 1) of the textbooks to hand out to the students. Can't they get anything right?

Since Casey left the District, there has been constant turmoil. I don't think a decent principal would last any time given this environment. The last good HPMS principal was Jim Hansen. Too bad he is gone.


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Posted by parent
a resident of Amador Estates
on Sep 22, 2016 at 7:03 am

There has got to be more to this. its basically been a month. was he asked to resign? Time for some Pleasanton Weekly investigative reporting.


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Posted by something_fishy
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 22, 2016 at 7:09 am

"We have thoroughly vetted Robin Munsell through a rigorous interview process that included staff and parents from the Harvest Park Middle School community, as well as through a finalist interview with the superintendent's cabinet," Rubino said.

doesn't this take time? when did he give notice? seems like the District has been working on this for a while, they already have a replacement that's been fully vetted with multiple interviews. who are the parents that participated int he interviews? when were they held? I think we have a right to know whats really going on here.


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Posted by Bill
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Sep 22, 2016 at 9:03 am

We need to look at the process or lack of it at the district office. The turn over at PUSD is out of control. After talking with my teachers there is no support for the schools from the D.O. Parents and staff have no input and the D.O. is going to do what D.O. is going to do. I think it might be time to clean house at the D.O. and start over. This will be the sixth principal since Mr. Hansen left, sorry Odie. Yes the D.O. did know about this for weeks but Kevin wanted to keep it quite.


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Posted by vetted? really?
a resident of Harvest Park Middle School
on Sep 22, 2016 at 9:11 am

Robin Munsell taughtt English in Castro Valley? Her reviews on Rate My Teachers says she is emotional and can't handle being proven wrong. Another reviewer says that she only seems to get along with those that agree with her and is not exactly thrilled with someone who doesn't share her views (paraphrasing - see the site yourself).

The bottom line is that Rubino is proposing hiring someone who just received Clear status on her Administrative credential in July 2016. See the Commission on Teacher Credentialing website. In addition, Rubino is proposing hiring a principal with no experience actually being a principal before.

Bringing someone in with no experience as a principal is an idiotic idea. I hope the Board rejects this idea. Pleasanton teachers, parents and students deserve someone with a proven track record of being a principal, not another Newbie where the ink has barely dried on the Administrative credential with teaching experience at the Castro Valley high school.

Rubino needs to go back to the drawing board.


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Posted by something_fishy
a resident of Amador Estates
on Sep 22, 2016 at 9:30 am

Bill, I agree. you also stated: "Yes the D.O. did know about this for weeks but Kevin wanted to keep it quite."

i suspect this is also true given how far along they are in the process to replace. Cheever has only worked there for a couple months, he was announced as principal in Late June. School started last month. What gives here? In the business world, the standard line of "left to focus on Family" is usually translated to fired.


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Posted by LookwithinPUSD
a resident of Harvest Park Middle School
on Sep 22, 2016 at 9:42 am

It sounds like she may have been in the interview pool for the HP and Hart Principal Positions. If that were the case, she was at most the 3rd BEST candidate. START the process over....the kids and staff DESERVE the best candidate. The BEST candidate certainly isn't going to be available 5 weeks in the new school year UNLESS you hire someone from WITHIN.

HIRE FROM WITHIN! Mr. O'Connor is the BEST thing that has happened to Walnut Grove in years and he was a VP at another school.

PUSD, take this seriously and DO NOT rush this decision!


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Posted by Troubled district
a resident of Downtown
on Sep 22, 2016 at 10:22 am

No experienced principal with any sense would apply to the District for any principal position after what is widely known about the union pushing out Vranesh, the mystery Luz Cazares promotion to deputy superintendent, the lies and perjury committed by the teachers and D.O. Administrators, the teachers pushing out custodians (I forgot how many) plus those in control that remain in the power structure at the District Office.

Also the Board doesn't seem to have any clue what is going on. I asked the Board member who is not running for election some questions a couple of years ago. I had a suspicion that none of his children were even enrolled in any elementary, middle or high school in Pleasanton anymore.

My suspicions at the time were correct. It is really telling that a Board member would send their kid to a charter school in Contra Costa county.

No wonder PUSD only gets applications from out of area or brand new administrators. Those with experience no better than to have to deal with the chaos.


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Posted by PtownMom
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 22, 2016 at 10:24 am

I'm not so confident in the vetting process, considering Mr. Cheever must have been vetted, right? And I'm sorry, but hiring from within/shuffling admins within the district hasn't done much good lately.

What about other outside candidates who applied for the job this year?

I just hope the replacement is focused on the students and not the title.


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Posted by HT
a resident of Danbury Park
on Sep 22, 2016 at 10:30 am

HT is a registered user.

This was a bad hire that may have been able to be foreseen or not. Either way, hiring from with in would have 100% prevented this debacle. We need stability NOW. Turn over to this degree is an embarrassment and is bad for the kids & the teachers!

How hard is it to get great principals that will stay at one of the best school districts in the state?! Something is really wrong with this picture!

I agree that the news paper needs to do some investigative reporting to figure out the "real" story behind the turn over. That's the only way we can solve the problem that has been ongoing at this school and in PUSD


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Posted by RESPONDING TO PTOWN MOM
a resident of Harvest Park Middle School
on Sep 22, 2016 at 10:37 am

PTOWN MOM:

It sounds like this person the Superindendent wants the Board to approve was most likely in the interview mix for the last two PUSD principal positions.

Also, hiring from within seemed to work very well in the case of the WG Principal. Mr. Connor is AMAZING and just what to school needed. He was from another PUSD school as VP.



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Posted by Mjohnson
a resident of Walnut Hills
on Sep 22, 2016 at 10:39 am

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Posted by Bill
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Sep 22, 2016 at 11:03 am

Yes, we need to do something different. Hiring from within didn't work last year at HPMS. Jill was principal there for 2 months then was moved to PMS in Oct. Ken was going to be principal at Hart if his job at the D.O. was not funded this year. The district is always like a game of musical chairs. Lack of support and leadership from the D.O. is going to ruin our school district.


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Posted by Responding to PTOWN MOM
a resident of Walnut Grove Elementary School
on Sep 22, 2016 at 11:36 am

PTOWN MOM - could not agree with you more about Mr. Conner at Walnut Grove. He is a breath of fresh air at a school that has its share of stink on it. Mr. Conner has made significant positive impact to the kids and the culture between principle and parent.


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Posted by Concerned parent
a resident of Harvest Park Middle School
on Sep 22, 2016 at 12:05 pm

Jill choose to go to PMS as full time principal rather than interim at HP. I agree that Jack Parsons should have the job. He knows the school, staff, and students well. I'd rather see a "newbie" VP, than principal.


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Posted by EMAILMARKMILLER
a resident of Harvest Park Middle School
on Sep 22, 2016 at 1:04 pm

For all of those concerned, Harvest Park parents thinking this is TOO rushed of a decision email the Board of Directors especially Mark Miller, since Harvest Park is one of his partner schools. Our voices need to be heard. Wouldn't have been helpful for them to have an emergency parent meeting, etc? Lets meet with the Board, and Mark regarding our concerns before Tuesday. If they don't have the time to meet which is understandable on such short notice, then they can postpone the vote on Tuesday because of how rushed this very important decision in. Here is the link to their emails: Web Link


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Posted by Turnover
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 22, 2016 at 2:20 pm

In the past when a principal resigns a parent meeting is held to get input on the qualities for the next principal.

Last year no one showed up because they failed to actually notify the parents. It was in the newspaper because no one showed up.

Rubino has screwed up by not holding a parent meeting to get input. The Board needs to take control of the situation today , not Tuesday, and start the process over.


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Posted by 4 principals in 13 months???
a resident of Harvest Park Middle School
on Sep 22, 2016 at 3:59 pm

My daughter started at HPMS with Jill Butler, then had Steve Maher and Amy Theberge, the. Ethan Cheever...all in 13 months! Please please PLEASE, hire someone who is invested in our school, who knows and loves our teachers, our school and our KIDS. Don't make this mistake yet again...please hire Mr. Parsons!!!


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Posted by SOAGREEWITH4PRINCIPALSIN13MONTHS
a resident of Harvest Park Middle School
on Sep 22, 2016 at 4:28 pm

SO AGREE with POSTER: 4 PRINCIPALS in 13MONTHS??????

My daughter started at HPMS with Jill Butler, then had Steve Maher and Amy Theberge, the. Ethan Cheever...all in 13 months! Please please PLEASE, hire someone who is invested in our school, who knows and loves our teachers, our school and our KIDS. Don't make this mistake yet again...please hire Mr. Parsons!!!

*****
Yep, same situation for my kid. ABSOLUTELY INSANE! Huge fan of Mr. Parsons and so is my kid. Just ask the kids and the staff.


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Posted by Eric
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Sep 22, 2016 at 4:39 pm

This message below just hit my email, wanted to share.

Please join me tomorrow morning after drop off at Sweet and Savory (they have yummy breakfast items), 5685 Gibraltar Dr. to meet with PUSD Board Trustee Member who is the liaison for Harvest Park, Mark Miller (hoping at least one more can be in attendance). I think it is important for our voices to be heard about the hiring process at HP for the vacant Principal Position since the Board is voting on the Superintendents recommendation on Tuesday evening. See here for more details. Web Link

I also wish we would have received an E-Connection of the Press Release from PUSD instead of reading about the proposed replacement in the Pleasanton Weekly.

Again, I hope you can join me. Together we can make a difference like we did for class size reduction. Feel free to forward this email on and let me know if you think you can make it.

Thank you for your time-


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Posted by HP Parent
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 22, 2016 at 6:20 pm

I have not had much interaction with Mr Parsons but from what I have experienced, he seems like a good fit. does anyone know if he actually Wants to be principal?


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Posted by Here we go again
a resident of Mohr Elementary School
on Sep 22, 2016 at 7:07 pm

Hiring manager Odie Douglas needs to be fired. He hired Cheever who on social media accuses a former principal from Newark Unified as having a "mental illness." Web Link

Odie Douglas is incompetent. A quick Google search reveals this Google entry concerning Cheever. Did the Board vet either Douglas or Cheever? probably not. No one in the corporate world would hire either. Why is the cabinet and PUSD's human resources department so lousy at screening applicants?

Meanwhile, instead of meeting with parents, according to ebcitizen.com Rubino has spent last week celebrating fired Superintendent Stanley "data" Dobbs and is pictured next to him. What do these superintendents actually do? Go to luncheons, hob nob with other superintendents, and attend CSBA and ACSA conferences?

And what about the Board? Are they all Google impaired too? Apparently so.


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Posted by For the life of me
a resident of Laguna Oaks
on Sep 22, 2016 at 7:29 pm

..I don't understand why the district continues to think they can pull the wool over the eyes of Pleasanton parents. Do they really think we believe the ridiculous web of lies they try to spin as cover for another one of their screw ups?


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Posted by Astonishing actions
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 22, 2016 at 7:53 pm

They do continue to try. They tried to pull the wool over my eyes by insisting that their on campus "university" with a Wells Fargo account number with the District's downtown address on a website called trivalleyuniversity.org was a real law school, a real medical college, an actual engineering post graduate engineering school, etc. The employees at the District office must think Pleasanton residents, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are complete idiots. PUSD would not shut it down and ever admit wrongdoing. Instead Pleasanton residents had to bombard the LA Times and NY Times with phone calls.

The real issue is that the Pleasanton leadership does not focus on the students and learning but on endorsements, hanging out with politicians, political has beens and School Board cronies. A quick scan of what is important to them is doing a quick scan of the fly by photos on the PUSD website. Their priorities seem to be CSBA hotel banquets for leadership conferences, that fantastic district office staff (guffawing), mariachi, jazz and rock and roll bands, and that is pretty much it.

Obviously the every day work involved in bringing the best staff and best teachers to teach the children in this community along with communication with the community is an after thought. Instead the District is one big revolving door of fly by principals.


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Posted by jenny
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Sep 22, 2016 at 8:56 pm

Mr.Parsons for principal!!!!YES
Let's neighborhood decide who will be next principal not politicians, because we are the people who pay big taxes for schools


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Posted by Pt
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 22, 2016 at 8:57 pm

She was a finalist in the last round, number two or three but Cheever was picked. So she was vetted back then, whatever that means. She wasnt interviewed by Rubino last time but apparently he's gone over all the past interview files on her. One hopes he's interviewed her this time?

The teachers were told of this yesterday and apparently met with Rubino for a "feedback" session but obviously from the timing, the choice was already made. From what I've heard, most but not all of the HP teachers want Parsons. Apparently Jack is interested but for some reason Rubino doesn't want him and made it clear it's his decision and his decision alone

So there's that.


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Posted by Better late than never
a resident of Harvest Park Middle School
on Sep 22, 2016 at 9:15 pm

It's about time the district corrected their mistake of hiring someone not committed to our school or kids education. For those that actually do their homework, we have pilfered several great principals from SRVUSD, and I'm sure Ms. Munsell will prove to be another quality pick. We benefit from their successful production of quality educators. Whiners need to stop. Risking losing a good leader after such ridiculous turmoil is mind numbing. We wouldn't allow our children to behave this way on social media - disappointing behavior from adults.


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Posted by Rubino short circuited employment law
a resident of Harvest Park Middle School
on Sep 22, 2016 at 9:44 pm

We deserve an open and transparent hiring process.

We deserve a principal at Harvest Park with experience at being an actual principal. Yes, I am sure that Castro Valley or Oakland or Hayward hires principals with no experience all the time. However, given the amount of property taxes we pay in this town, we deserve to get experienced staff, not neophytes.

By law, Rubino must post the position, obtain a new stack of fresh resumes, and start the process over. This is a public agency and he can't simply pull some moldy resume of someone who came in 3 rd or 4 th position when the position was posted 9 months ago. Any employment attorney knows that.

He has to post the position for X amount of days, get resumes from external and internal staff that are interested in the position, and so forth. Also he must hold a community forum first to obtain feedback on what parents are looking for in a Harvest Park Principal to further the education of children in the community. If he doesn't' want to follow an open and transparent process for hiring, I am absolutely sure that the Board will ditch this superintendent as fast as they can like they should have done with the last superintendent.

This type of issue will determine whether the existing Board members are booted out of office and new ones elected. The Board if they know any better will reject Rubino's recommendation, pause the process, and start anew.


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Posted by Rubino short circuited employment law
a resident of Harvest Park Middle School
on Sep 22, 2016 at 10:04 pm

The PUSD admits in their comments to the Pleasanton Weekly that they did not post the position and they just were notified last week of the resignation. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, PUSD must post the position externally, receive applications including those over 40 and those who are minorities, interview the candidates and select the most qualified candidate. Then the Board must decide whether they agree with Rubino's pick or not.

If they don't go through the process, well they can have yet another lawsuit on their hands.


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Posted by Embarrased
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 22, 2016 at 10:11 pm

Ms. Munsell comes from SRVUSD which is a top ranking district in our state. Last time I checked, Gale Ranch, her school, showed higher test score results than Harvest Park. Pleasanton peeps, our school district is a mess. No more status quo please. Hire from within really? Stop being so mean and insulting and welcome Ms. Munsell with open arms. (Portion removed)


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Posted by Ellen
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Sep 22, 2016 at 10:34 pm

Cheever's background is sketchy, at best. How he was hired in the first place is a mystery. He hops districts every few years, has the writing abilities of a middle schooler, and while his reason for leaving due to commute isn't understandable, why did he leave a job in Newark for one in Pleasanton when he I believe he lives on the Peninsula?

He has bad judgment, as did PUSD for hiring him, but I think we dodged a bullet on this one and should look at it as an opportunity to hire someone with a proven track record. They should have hired from within or hired the woman in the first place (her name escapes me but is mentioned above.) She has a much more stable background.


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Posted by Ellen
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Sep 22, 2016 at 10:35 pm

*IS understandable. Whoops.


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Posted by ANYONERECEIVEMRRUBINOLETTER
a resident of Harvest Park Middle School
on Sep 22, 2016 at 10:46 pm

Did any Harvest Park parents receive the E-Connection yesterday from Mr. Rubino? No one from HP that I have talked to has received it but there was one that was sent out. Please comment if you did or did not receive it. It sounds like there may have been a distribution error or incomplete list. This is unfortunate that many did not receive this important communication regarding this sensitive matter.


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Posted by Hp parent
a resident of Del Prado
on Sep 22, 2016 at 10:55 pm

I didn't get it and I am a Harvest Park parent


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Posted by Anon-e-mouse
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 22, 2016 at 11:04 pm

"I have learned a lot during my time here, especially about the Pleasanton community."

Heh, I bet he has, much of which is revealed in the comments here.

Any outside candidate that lets themselves get hired must be "Google-impaired"; what else would explain choosing to step into this viper pit? It's not like the Weekly isn't going to come up in a search; interviewees must be daft to think the commenters here aren't typical of this community.

Keep posting your vitriol, though, and let folks know what P-town is all about.


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Posted by 4 principals in 13 months???
a resident of Harvest Park Middle School
on Sep 22, 2016 at 11:17 pm

Let me make clear...I know nothing of Ms. Munsell, and would welcome the BEST fit with enthusiasm. I would just like to see a transparent process, not a perceived "rush job" by our district. Our kids and teachers at HPMS have had nothing but turmoil. They deserve that their new principal be fully vetted, and believed to be someone who will be dedicated to them for the long haul. PLEASE DO WHAT IS BEST FOR HPMS KIDS & STAFF!!!!


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Posted by Rubino short circuited employment law
a resident of Harvest Park Middle School
on Sep 23, 2016 at 1:02 am

Munsell has never taught students at the middle school level. Parsons has not only taught the middle school level at multiple schools, but he also holds far more credentials in teaching far more subjects than Munsell. Just in the last Board meeting Rubino recommended that the Board hire a resource specialist without the full credential at Harvest Park. Obviously Rubino does not seem to care whether the teachers have credentials or not.

In the blog posting from Cheever on the Google account, the commute from the peninsula is mentioned. Why none of the two many dozens to count District Office employees pictured behind Rubino in the "amazing" District office photo on the PUSD website seemed to bring it up is somewhat surprising., it is unclear what exactly the role of the principals actually are at the District - if they are told to stay at schools until midnight doing "stake-outs" to watch night custodians come and go like Vranesh was instructed to do by the cabinet, it is no wonder principals leave or take some cushy paper pushing District Office positions as soon as one becomes open.

The Board needs to put a hold on the hiring of the principal and update the job posting of the principal position before the job is posted this time. If the principal is supposed to stay until midnight doing so-called stake outs tracking the coming and going of all employees and contractors the Board needs to add that to the job position.

Also this Tuesday the Board is increasing legal contract fees again. The Board needs to update the principal job posting to include the number of expected hours the principals will be spending per month with the contract staff of the Districts' numerous law firms, in depositions, conferring on various settlement negotiations, responding to union grievances, etc.


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Posted by Eric
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Sep 23, 2016 at 6:32 am

Meeting got cancelled. I woke to this email.

My friend received the following email from Mark Miller this evening, and unfortunately the meeting tomorrow has been CANCELED. I would recommend you contact Mr. Rubino and the Board directly with your concerns, and attend the Board Meeting on Tuesday at 5pm.


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Posted by Econnect
a resident of Del Prado
on Sep 23, 2016 at 7:35 am

Didn't get anything yesterday from Rubio either


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Posted by Ruby
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 23, 2016 at 10:12 am

Ruby is a registered user.

I am hoping that HPMS welcomes Ms. Munsell as they should have Mr. Cheever. Reading between the lines of his resignation letter, there were very obviously, other factors besides personal reasons. Power is a funny thing. In seeking it, we change the person who we perceive ourselves to be.

Looking forward to Ms. Munsell's leadership!


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Posted by PLSN Resident
a resident of Country Fair
on Sep 23, 2016 at 11:28 am

PLSN Resident is a registered user.

Sometimes the fit just isn't right... whether that's determined by the employee or the administration. Better to bite the bullet and make the change. Imagine how much worse it is if the mis-alignment (and growing resentment) continues!


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Posted by Lessismore
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Sep 23, 2016 at 12:48 pm

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To Rubino short-circuited employment law

[removed]
Please get your fact correct and stop spreading false information.

It's clear you do not know employment law.

PUSD must follow it's documented policy for hiring.

There is no state law for the following.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, PUSD must post the position externally, receive applications including those over 40 and those who are minorities, interview the candidates and select the most qualified candidate.

PUSD policy may state all openings must be posted to internal candidates for x number of days.
That is policy, not state law.

By the way, all companies in the state must be an Equal Opportunity Employer.









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Posted by Bobbyboo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 23, 2016 at 2:59 pm

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It's such a shame that we lost Rocha in the first place. Having also met Mr Cheever several times, it's seems a shame we are loosing him too. What is going on in the school for the principals to leave? Was he made to feel he couldn't live up to Rocha? Or maybe the VP, Parsons, who did the Principal job as a stand in last year? I believed Cheever was going in the right direction. I think there is more to this story of this quick departure! People saying on here that Parsons should be the new P. But he was obviously turned down for the job for a reason in the first place. So let the new Principal Munsell make her mark. Hoping this one stays long enough to do that! If she leaves soon too, it's defiantly something to do with the staff there or PUSD! Let's watch & see...


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Posted by Chris47
a resident of Valley Trails
on Sep 26, 2016 at 2:31 pm

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Just found out the meeting at HP is tonight.


On behalf of Superintendent Rick Rubino, we would like to invite you to attend a meeting on Monday, September 26, Multi-purpose room regarding the Harvest Park Principal transition. There will be 2 sessions, one at 5:00 PM and one at 7:00 PM


The presidential debate is on tonight!


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