Kristi-Rutz Robbins, Piled higher and Deeper (PhD)
Temecula Valley Unified School District board members Allan Pulsipher (current president), and Kristi Rutz-Robbins have each received a Notice of Intention to Circulate Recall Petition. Today, Rutz-Robbins provided her answer.
(T)he California Department of Education did a verification review and we got an oral report back. We’re waiting for the final report in writing, but their oral comments to our staff, they praised our district for outstanding services to students, praised our teachers for being highly familiar with students, their needs and what was outlined in their IEPs, praised our general education teachers for being knowledgeable of students’ IEPs and services, praised our district for having exceptional child find procedures in place to identify students with special needs. The CDE found our files to be highly compliant with meetings being held on time, student being invited if appropriate and goals in all areas of need. The CDE stated they were exceptionally pleased with the level of service, compliance and commitment to our staff, and office to provide appropriate levels of service to students. We’re still waiting for the written report on that.
My job is to, my biggest thing that I do is to hire the superintendent, and we’ve got a good superintendent.
Shafer’s overview was glass-half-full, to say the least, as the written report was much less charitable, specifically outlining financial improprieties and altering of documents for starters.… Read more
TVUSD Superintendent Timothy Ritter has a serious issue. He can’t face criticism, which is problematic for any person whose livelihood is funded by taxpayers, and who is responsible for the well being of our children on 180 days of each year.
He goes to great lengths to hide from critics, but in instances where he hasn’t been able to find shelter from words that make him sad, we’ve seen his behavior turn erratic and bizarre. While Tim Ritter has a tremendous amount of shortcomings, this is his Achilles heel. And it’s unacceptable for any school district’s superintendent.
According to (Craig) Johns, the district became in breech of its own policies by hiring Lindsey Jean Ritter, daughter of TVUSD SuperintendentTimothy Ritter, during a board meeting held on October 1, 2013.
Johns went on to say that through the investigation the group discovered Lindsey Ritter has convictions including a “plea of guilty, nolo contendere (no contest) and/or a finding of guilty by a judge or a jury.”
“Court records confirm that Lindsey Ritter was charged with penal code 487 1-3,” Johns said. “Pertaining to one of two felonies with which she was charged which is grand theft. On January 17, 2012 Miss Ritter was sentenced without going to trial for … felony reduced to a misdemeanor. Sentencing included the repayment of $18,676 worth of restitution to the San Diego court system and probation.
Michael Hubbard, TVUSD’s Director of Child Welfare and Attendance
BREAKING NEWS: TVUSD’s Discipline Czar Michael Hubbard has informed the school board how drones are being used at our school sites.
This item appears on the board meeting minutes from October 21, 2014, just two weeks before Temecula’s voters gave the school board a massive makeover:
Staff Recommendation Receive as information how drones are being used at our sites and any laws and FAA regulations associated with them.
Background Information The use of drones has evolved from a military tool to a sophisticated piece of 21st century technology that has an expanded role in many areas of aviation. One such evolution has been the use of drones as an aerial photography tool.
Submitted By Michael Hubbard, Director
Child Welfare and Attendance
There are some things you should know about Michael Hubbard, the presenter of the drone info. Hubbard is one of three people within the TVUSD who were aware of Operation Glass House, the disastrous undercover police operation that occurred for several months on Temecula school campuses. Mr. Hubbard was in frequent communication with the law enforcement officials responsible for this operation, and provided personal information about our son, Jesse Snodgrass, to the law enforcement officials before Jesse’s arrest. On October 30, 2013, Michael Hubbard was personally named as a defendant as part a a civil lawsuit filed against TVUSD in the Jesse Snodgrass case.
Things are bad at TVUSD and the school board can no longer put the blame on the former members. Moving forward, they will own whatever happens, and the clock is ticking.
Temecula Valley Unified School District seems to have no end to its problems. The Snodgrass incident, failures to English as a second language learners, shortcomings in the Special Education program, the Karen Hayes controversy and the hiring of Superintendent Timothy Ritter’s daughter in spite of her criminal record all show shortcomings within the district.
While mistakes are sometimes made, let’s face it, these constant missteps create doubt in the minds of those who voted the board into office and affects the confidence of the parents whose kids attend the schools within the district. The dramas that go hand-in-hand with constant legal battles, rumblings of disgruntled employees and chatter of failings at the state level, do nothing to help students learn, it detracts from it.
Elected school boards should reflect the values, beliefs and desires of the local community. I have to believe that Temecula residents want more than what they have been given by TVUSD Board of Governors in the past few years. I certainly don’t think that the voters who live in the district expected to end up with the problems currently faced by this particular group of elected officials.
Instead of the barrage of legal problems and accusations of wrong doings, our board should be focused on what they are supposed to be doing and that is representing the public voice in public education while setting the standards of achievement and ensuring that the taxpayers are getting the biggest bang for their buck.
Ritter’s term as superintendent has been memorable only for multiple public scandals, financial improprieties, public investigation by the state of California, hypocrisy, and open hostility toward those who dare criticize him. He is an enormous liability to the Temecula Valley Unified School District.
Six months ago, the school board election was more than a message. It was a demand. Remarkably, board members who were elected two decades earlier were forcibly removed by the people to whom they reported; the people whose taxes paid their wages and benefits. As the school year is coming to an end, the board must take a look at what a 2015-16 school year will look like should Ritter remain in the corner office, and there are simply no good scenarios.
Under Superintendent Timothy Ritter, TVUSD’s school board meetings have turned into a bizarre mash-up of the Jerry Springer Show and the Mickey Mouse Club.
The current situation is not tenable, and Ritter is sadly reduced to coaxing loyalists from Great Oak High School, where he is the former principal, to act as his cheering section at school board meetings. It’s also worth noting that Great Oak High School is the only TVUSD high school that was declared off-limits from the now-discredited sting, Operation Glass House, which Ritter personally authorized. Because of Tim Ritter’s inability to face criticism from the public, he has pathetically turned the school board meetings into a bizarre mash-up of the Jerry Springer Show and the Mickey Mouse Club.… Read more