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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Mayor Responds to Suspension of BISD Superintendent

Below is a copy of a Letter to the Editor sent to The Brownsville Herald by Mayor Pat Ahumada. The letter was e-mailed to me early this morning.

~Melissa

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From: Pat Ahumada

To: City Editor

Date: January 14, 2009

Re: BISD Superintendent

I have had my differences with the BISD Superintendent, particularly when it came to more funding for the chess program and hiring a qualified expert to be Director of the Chess Program, along with purchasing multi-million dollar properties without them being appraised to guide the school district in its decision making. I still believe my opinions to have been right then and do to this day, but we move on and do not dwell on the differences of opinion.

Having said the above, I want to say as a concerned citizen that my differences were never personal, but professional and based on what I thought was best for BISD. One must not focus on what one believes is the Superintendent’s failure, but on the overall impact he has had on the school district, which in this instance by all accounts he has had an overall positive impact.

The Brownsville Herald has reported the many awards and accolades BISD has received under Mr. Hector Gonzalez and his team of leadership which we all applaud and support him for the good he has done. Constantly attacking our school Superintendent weakens our city and creates low morale without any gain to BISD and creates a bad perception of how political we are. Politics should not outshine the accomplishments, nor divert us from the mission to produce the best school environment for our children and to be the exemplary school district that it has become for others to emulate.

Unless there are intentional acts to hurt the school district by the Superintendent or illegal activity, then it is my opinion we should remained focused on the mission to be the very best and stop the continuous attacks that benefit no one. People should remember where we were when the Strayhorn report pointed out how bad we were in administration and educating our kids. Let us be proud of the accomplishments and work out the differences in a constructive way for the benefit of our school district and the children and not become self-destructive like our city commission that will politicize everything for the benefit of no one.

Sincerely,

Pat Ahumada
Via E-mail

18 Comments:

Blogger BobbyWC said...

"Unless there are intentional acts to hurt the school district by the Superintendent or illegal activity"

a standard which explains everything wrong with Brownsville

Bobby WC

Wednesday, January 14, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BIDS needs to stay focused!!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this the only way, letters to the editor, that the Mayor can get his messages out the public. Can not the BH treat them as press releases? Are they not interested in what the Mayor has to say?


Marco

Wednesday, January 14, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just watch, Cabler will be hiring Tuffy Martinez as the director of Parks & Recreation. I've got the insight on that one for anyone that's interested.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Charlie Cabler is the city manager and he does make the decisions on hiring and firing, so why not Tuffy Martinez if he has the experience and qualifications to run the Sports Complex then so be it. Unless anybody has insight on his failures,why not?

Wednesday, January 14, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BISD board members violated due process of Art Rendon (Amendment 14) when they discussed at lenght his job performance without giving him procedural due process. Board members should be brought up on this and scrutinized as closely as they scrutinize the superintendent and A. Rendon. How about if taxpayers evaluate the board members on a monthly basis? Of course, they've already said they care little about what taxpayers think because, to them, only what the board does or decides matters, not what taxpayers or other BISD personnel believe.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MARCO --
To answer your questions
(1) Seems to be
(2) If they wanted to, they could
(3) Apparently not, sad to say

Doesn't say much for the Herald, does it? thetowncryier.com pays more attention to the Mayor's press releases than the local newspaper.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tuffy Martinez is experienced but that's not the point, the point here is that the director was forced out to make way for Tuffy. Right Charlie!

Thursday, January 15, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Skip wanting to be around family and especially his new grandson doesnt seem he was forced to me. He is my friend. I wish him well. Skip wants Tuffy and he has a right to voice who he thinks would be the best Director to take the parks and Rec. to another level. We just listen. Nobody knows who Cabler will pick.

Charlie Atkinson

Thursday, January 15, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding comment from Charlie Atkinson:
Of course you would put it that way, Mr. Atkinson. He (Tuffy) is also your buddy. If you "just listen" then you would know that the community is hoping that you hire someone, who has done many things for this city without getting involved with dirty politics.

Thursday, January 15, 2009  
Blogger BobbyWC said...

"We just listen. Nobody knows who Cabler will pick.

I think Jim Goza would have a thing or two to say about this - you cross the Commission and you are out of a job

Thursday, January 15, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tuffy is the right guy, And as far as dirty politics goes well, get used to it it's everywhere included the BISD board, the problem is we voted for the idiots and know we have to live with it. They promise one thing and do another. As for Charlie Atkinson comment about Skip believe it or not it's TRUE. So go figure. Tuffy has the experience to do this job he worked in Mission and Mcallen area at Pepsi Sports Park there as
an assistant so he comes highly recommended. Let see what happens.

Thursday, January 15, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does Tuffy have a degree which is a requirement?

Thursday, January 15, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We always have to choose between the better of the idiots that are running.

Thursday, January 15, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those who protest the most about the supposed harassment of Gonzales may have much more to lose than we know!

Thursday, January 15, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First off Tuffy does he have a degree? Yes,since he was teaching in LFSD as a coach under Scott Ford. Now does he have a degree for Sports Administration which he would need for this job this remains to be seen.This is where politics will come into play, if they want him it won't matter he will be the man.Just wait and see.

Thursday, January 15, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ja ja! pat can't get the herald to post his shit, thats what the blogs are for.

THE BLOGS R DEAD!

Thursday, January 15, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So why were there so many cars at the BISD adminstration building at 8 pm on January 15th? Were they putting a lot of overtime in for tomorrow's meeting or was it a gathering of the flock to get people to tomorrow nights meeting?

Thursday, January 15, 2009  

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