Regarding Howard Hills’ article calling for the immediate resignation of Superintendent Sherine Smith (“School Board Must Clean House Now,” July 12 edition).
I suspect that such an action would throw the school district into chaos. Having lost so many people from top posts in such a short amount of time, the district would be wise to retain someone with the knowledge and experience to carry on.
Apparently Smith’s only offense is having hired people whom she knew through experience would do an excellent job. Isn’t that what bosses are supposed to do? When hiring babysitters for my children, was I supposed to open the job up to strangers rather than hiring teenagers whom I knew to be competent and responsible? Howard Hills and his rabble-rousing band of malcontents would apparently reply in the affirmative.
It is my understanding that the employees whom Smith knew from Capistrano Unified were hired through a process that included applications, interviews, background checks, and board approval. They were not appointees. So what is the problem?
I taught in public schools for 39 years, several of them alongside Sherine Smith. I know her to be smart, kind, hard-working, and unflagging in her dedication to the education of our children. I am appalled and disheartened that the voices of a few disgruntled parents and employees have put her job in jeopardy.
Those parents who appreciate Laguna’s schools and Ms. Smith’s years of work on their behalf should step forward in her defense by writing letters to the school board and local newspapers and/or speaking up on her behalf at the next school board meeting.
Kris Evans, Laguna Beach
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