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Enough, please. Perspective, please.

Nobody is embezzling school district funds; no student has been molested at school; no superintendent has been caught with illicit drugs in their home; no teacher had sex with a student; no major cheating scandal; nor have any other major crimes or breeches of trust been committed that have occurred in other districts prompting this kind of action.

The School Board, collectively or individually, and/or the superintendent are not engaged in some conspiracy or personal vendetta; they are only inherently flawed human beings like you and me and are trying to do the best jobs they can. These fine people do not deserve to be treated this way.

Put yourself in their shoes and think about how you would react to being vilified and attacked verbally, and even personally. They are good people who have much experience in various fields, are raising families, and they bring their passion for quality education to the table along with their skills. They are fully engaged members of this amazing island community.

The superintendent made a mistake and has coped to it, regardless of how you feel about his methods. He now has a serious censure letter in his personnel file for the rest of his life, which is not to be taken lightly; seriously.

 The SJISD is, and has been for some time, an exemplary school district in the midst of mostly mediocrity around the state and nation. The SJISD is constantly improving and our schools are regularly recognized for their excellence.

This progress has been happening long before Gary Pflueger arrived. It has happened over years with different staff and board members all working toward a common goal; an excellent public school education for our island children.

We moved from Maui because we did not want to raise our son in the state whose public schools regularly ranked 50th nationally for quality of education. My sister teaches in California and said the high numbers/rankings on the SJISD WA State Report Card are something they could only dream about there.

I realize that Gary Pflueger has rare skills and made a difference in many lives. He should be applauded for that.

However, it seems clear that he did not have some skills that are absolutely necessary in the current education environment in our state and country. So be it.

Tough decisions need to be made in this complicated world.

The petition for recall, document demands and other actions against these public servants are doing more damage (financial, professional, personal, educational) than the loss/replacement of one elementary school principal.

If you want to effect change, please fully commit yourself and run for the school board positions in the fall. Be part of the hiring process and continue to attend school board meetings.

But, please stop with tactics that you wrap in the blanket of democracy. Another letter writer wrote recently; “just because you can do something does not mean that you should.”

We need to move forward.

Jim Skoog

San Juan Island


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