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Steven Enoch, his past, how can he be in the future?

Original post made by Elliott L., Diablo, on Jun 22, 2010

The inability for this man to take criticism brings up a dark past of his work history. From some friends in Friday Harbor of mine, I found this letter(Please see below). This man cannot take criticism. Has anyone looked into his past work history? If this man feels attacked by every word written to him, how can he go and attack and single out certain staff members because of his own insecurities?
Elliott L.


"Letter from Steve Enoch, former SJISD Superintendent
Dear Editor,

posted 07/15/05
I have read with interest some recent letters to the editor regarding the land that was purchased as part of the school district bond measure that was approved by the voters when I was superintendent. I have attempted to stay out of the fray as I believe once a superintendent leaves a district their involvement should only be at the request of the district if they need assistance.

Because the recent letters have included derogatory and hurtful comments about what occurred and what did not occur, I have decided to try to shed some light on the matter. I?ve also decided to write this letter because no one has had the courtesy to just call me up and talk with me about the matter.

1. There was no secret agreement with anyone regarding access to the land. Indeed, I believe you should be able to still find maps that were widely distributed at several Board meetings, study sessions and many public presentations, created by our architects that showed several access points and a possible footprint of where the school and fields were to be situated on the land.

2. There were indeed several meetings that included an acknowledgment that Larson Street is of such poor quality and narrow width that the off-site improvement costs made it impractical for it to become a major access route for buses and cars. These meetings sometimes included Board members and sometimes did not. We always acknowledged that this was an issue for the Town of Friday Harbor. They have been seemingly unwilling to make the road the arterial that it is slated to become. It is a Catch 22 for the school district----until the Town improves the road, it is basically impossible to use it as a major access route for the school property, unless the school district is prepared to pay for the improvements.

3. I do not remember the same level of concern regarding Carter Street. (Although it seems that no matter where an access point was proposed there was most likely some local resistance.) There may have some concern about access off Carter because of the location of the retention pond, but I am not certain. As I recall, this street has been improved near the apartment complex, while other sections are still quite narrow without sidewalks. Am I correct?

4. A few Village Grove folks expressed some concern about access through their development, but I believe every map still showed us using one or both of their access points to get onto the land. These maps were developed by an engineering and land development firm that was contracted by the school district. They should still exist somewhere. What I do know is that the district attempted to be good neighbors by granting these homeowners a buffer of 50 feet (or was it 75 feet?) of land between their homes and the school property. To hear about plat restrictions is interesting. I was always under the impression that these were public roads. Who granted the plat restrictions? Are these restrictions legal?

5. I do not recall any specific discussions with Mr. Galt or the few residents of Foxhall regarding limiting access through his development. (There were very few people who lived in the development at that time.) Don and I met often, but that had to do with the purchase of his land. Again, I believe we assumed that these are public streets and that they could be used for access if needed.

It seems that San Juan Island is not immune to the ?not in my back yard? phenomena that so many communities struggle with. It appears that is what happened with the gravel pit park project and now is happening with this project as well. Quite frankly, I would not blame the school district for basically saying, "forget it?" They are in the education business, not the recreation business. (Remember, this land was primarily for a future school site.)

Perhaps the district should consider selling the land to a home developer, which is what the land is zoned for. Interest from the revenue of the sale could create a capital improvement income stream for the school district. Perhaps the city or the developer would step forward and include playing fields or a park as part of development?

I hope this information is helpful as the community works to resolve issues and to meet the needs of students. I have confidence that the community of San Juan Island can come together and make decisions that support their public schools, while also supporting kids, their families, and the quality of island life by providing needed athletic fields

Steve Enoch
Former Superintendent of Schools, SJISD"

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Posted by Christa Ritz
a resident of another community
on Jun 22, 2010 at 4:58 pm

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Posted by Ralph N. Shirlet
a resident of another community
on Jun 22, 2010 at 5:39 pm

Dear Emily,

Neighbors are once again seeing a drift toward political prejudice and lack of fact-checked content in this exchange.

Certainly, Becky Smith's case is a matter for the courts!

Steve is more certainly to be judged HERE by what happens in SRVUSD. A real complaint is SRVUSD communication, and that is a majority's issue.

But let us ask Steve to realize that SRVUSD has returned to days of RECALL that brought Joan, Maryanne and others to a community-interactive board.

It is simply that,

Ralph with less than a smile


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Posted by Check Facts
a resident of Monte Vista High School
on Jun 22, 2010 at 10:07 pm

Christina: Check your facts, Becky Smith was not fired, she is on paid administrative leave. Becky Smith still has wonderful opportunity to impact students through a district office assignment. Becky in my opinion, especially with her lawsuit against our school community is more interested in herself than our students. So she will not be a principal at a SRVUSD high school in the near future, move on, there are still many ways to impact student lives.


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Posted by Joyce
a resident of Danville
on Jun 23, 2010 at 6:42 am

Did you really read the letter from Mr. Enoch? Without knowing the full context it appears to be a letter written five years ago in an attempt to clarify facts around access issues to school district land for a school or play fields for a community. Read the last two paragraphs. This is hardly about a "dark past".

By the way, I'm certain Mrs. Smith did many wonderful things in her career, but the whole community knows that concerns about her started long before the superintendent arrived.


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Posted by Outa High School
a resident of Danville
on Jun 23, 2010 at 6:47 am

Sorry,
But ALL organizations need the flexibility and the power to hire and fire their employees. What has happened over the years is that government / public organizations have become passive in firing poor performing and lowly respected individuals.
The "talk" around students and parents wrt Becky Smith has for the most part been extremely negative, and from my perspective it is more than the typical grumbles, but always felt like legitimate gripes. So good riddance to a woman few respected and many merely tolerated.
She is now selfishly suing the district because she realizes that this is the only way to rehabilitate her dreadful reputation, and I can tell you that whether she wins or loses it will still be in the tank. I hope the district is smart enough, now that it is in the courts to release her entire personnel file, with what I am sure to be many negatives in it and to trot it out in the public forum for all to see. In fact, why not post it all on their website and win the battle that way. Thank you school district for finally have the gumption to make a long overdue personnel decision.


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Posted by becky
a resident of Danville
on Jun 23, 2010 at 8:01 am

Christa-

Two things come to mind when reading your letter, one is why do these event concern you if you are not a part of the community? Secondly, why do you not consider pointing a gun at another person to be unacceptable? Especially when this action is done in a location that has ZERO tolerance policy and is performed by a person in a position of authority? In any place I have have ever worked actions undertaken by Ms Smith, the threatening of a person with a gun(airsoft ARE Guns) would have resulted in immediate termination as well as possible arrest. Why should Ms Smith be treated any differently? If you do not believe this would be mistaken as a threatening action, simply try this test case. Take Ms Smith's airsoft gun, walk up to a policeman, aim the airsoft at the policeman and watch what happens.
Schools also have a very draconian ZERO tolerance policy regarding weapons of all sorts, one can expelled for having a pen knife in your purse. Why did Ms Smith even HAVE a gun in her desk given this policy?

As far a support for Ms Smith from the community, I have never heard of her being spoken of positively by a non-education employed person. This lack of affection predates Mr Enoch's tenure. I do not see why the community WOULD support Ms Smith. What has she done of an organization (the essential job of a principal) is not enough, what programs has she advocated for? What projects has she implemented? Has she made a difference? As for those who say that the high test scores and university admittance rates for students are the result of Ms Smith, could you justify that? Typically, scholastic performance can be directly related to the home life/social class of the students. Another words, Monte Vista has better results then Oakland Tech because of the STUDENTS who attend, not because Ms Smith is a miracle worker. If those of you who disagree with me believe that Ms Smith is so effective, perhaps she should do a few years at Oakland Tech in the interest of improving access to education?


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Posted by becky
a resident of Danville
on Jun 23, 2010 at 8:01 am

Christa-

Two things come to mind when reading your letter, one is why do these event concern you if you are not a part of the community? Secondly, why do you not consider pointing a gun at another person to be unacceptable? Especially when this action is done in a location that has ZERO tolerance policy and is performed by a person in a position of authority? In any place I have have ever worked actions undertaken by Ms Smith, the threatening of a person with a gun(airsoft ARE Guns) would have resulted in immediate termination as well as possible arrest. Why should Ms Smith be treated any differently? If you do not believe this would be mistaken as a threatening action, simply try this test case. Take Ms Smith's airsoft gun, walk up to a policeman, aim the airsoft at the policeman and watch what happens.
Schools also have a very draconian ZERO tolerance policy regarding weapons of all sorts, one can expelled for having a pen knife in your purse. Why did Ms Smith even HAVE a gun in her desk given this policy?

As far a support for Ms Smith from the community, I have never heard of her being spoken of positively by a non-education employed person. This lack of affection predates Mr Enoch's tenure. I do not see why the community WOULD support Ms Smith. What has she done of an organization (the essential job of a principal) is not enough, what programs has she advocated for? What projects has she implemented? Has she made a difference? As for those who say that the high test scores and university admittance rates for students are the result of Ms Smith, could you justify that? Typically, scholastic performance can be directly related to the home life/social class of the students. Another words, Monte Vista has better results then Oakland Tech because of the STUDENTS who attend, not because Ms Smith is a miracle worker. If those of you who disagree with me believe that Ms Smith is so effective, perhaps she should do a few years at Oakland Tech in the interest of improving access to education?


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Posted by Lisa
a resident of Danville
on Jun 23, 2010 at 8:15 am

Who is ELLIOT? How silly you sound ELLIOT. Do you know Steve Enoch, have you been in meetings with him over the last few years like I have? Insecure is FARRRRRRR from what this man is. I may not always agree with his opinion, yet he is never far off the mark of doing his very best. He is down the earth and kind. He has nothing to hide! He listens, and is excited about education and this great community. I have never once seen him "attack" over ANY heated issue. Hiding something? Elliot, I think you are hiding something. How insecure to post something so meaningless. You need something to do with your time. Get busy with something positive.

PS. FIRE Becky Smith. Becky, any way you look at it.... YOU screwed up, so have the guts to walk away. Get over yourself. SRVUSD you need to have the guts to stand your ground on this. SAY NO to bad teachers and admin period.


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Posted by Master
a resident of another community
on Jun 24, 2010 at 12:30 am

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Posted by American
a resident of Danville
on Jun 24, 2010 at 7:21 am

I agree with Lisa's comments 100%!! When over 90% of the students and parents at Monte Vista had negative dealings with Ms. Smith, who seemed to be constantly involved in some type of scandal or lapse of judgment, it was time for her to go. The gun incident was just the final straw. Mr. Enoch, like a true leader, came in, analyzed the situation, and had the courage to make the right decision. That is what a true leader does. As to "Master", you need to take a class on critical thinking and logic skills, and stop rambling with psycho babble that adds nothing to this debate. For "Master" to suggest that Lisa had an "intimate" relationship with Mr. Enoch, simply because she supports his decision on the Ms. Smith issue, shows your true ignorance and lack of credibility.


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Posted by becky
a resident of Danville
on Jun 24, 2010 at 8:01 am

Master, how do you know Elliot is a "just a normal person"? I personally do not know anything about him/her as all I see is a pseudonym being used to write a letter which is a distraction from the topic. The topic is should Ms Smith be fired for violating the zero tolerance policy that is in place at all schools. That is the fact at hand. The Contra Costa Times also stated that Ms Smith was ALREADY on probation for previous actions and was receiving guidance to keep her job. That is not at all related to whether Mr Enoch "has a thin skin" or writes a letter explaining his point of view to the newspaper. Rather I have to wonder why we bother to spend additional money in a tight financial time "training" someone while paying her as a manager. In private industry, a person behaving like this would be escorted from the building, not put on paid leave.

Master- it is beyond belief that you would attack another writer without evidence in a sexual way because they/she disagrees with you. Very very tacky.


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Posted by jrm
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Jun 24, 2010 at 8:19 am

jrm is a registered user.

Well said American...I agree 100%....
and a Happy 4th to you!
JRM


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Posted by Chris Hopkins
a resident of Danville
on Jun 24, 2010 at 10:56 am

Steve is the guy for the job! I totally trust him with our schools!


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Posted by Elliott L.
a resident of another community
on Jun 24, 2010 at 10:57 am

This thread is not about Becky Smith. I started this thread, to examine Enoch's work history, and him wanting to control a place he no longer works at. This thread is not directly linked to Becky Smith, Enoch has let many people go beside Becky Smith. And for the record I am a man.

We need a leader from our neighborhood not an outsider. Perhaps a leader from the Bay Area, and with a Phd.

I am objectively open to comments and criticism.

Elliott L.


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Posted by Francine
a resident of Blackhawk
on Jun 24, 2010 at 11:17 am

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Posted by Jon Gray
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 24, 2010 at 11:28 am

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