Thursday, August 30, 2012

Is any of this true?

An alert reader let us know that Sherry Whitmarsh has started posting again on her blog,
Here is her statement verbatim from her blog (in its entirety):

"When I was elected to the Mt. Diablo Unified School District Board of Education four short years ago, the community wanted change.  I’m a current parent of a student in the District and I can tell you that I examine District needs as a parent.  Of the incumbents remaining on the Board, I’m the only Board Member with a student in our schools.  I ask tough questions and I expect honest answers.  I study the issues carefully and I make thoughtful and reasoned decisions.
As your board member I have helped facilitate positive change in the District. Though the state has reduced the District’s budget, MDUSD has been able to maintain financial stability.  I have championed strategic planning and provided the leadership necessary to bring about needed change.
There is much more to do.  We must improve communications.  We must set high standards for staff.  We must eradicate waste and inefficiency.  We must set high expectations for student achievement and conduct.
With your vote I will continue to work hard to bring about the positive changes that our District so badly needs. If you have questions or concerns I can be reached at or 925-899-4731. Thank you."

Is any of this true?

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Is Sherry Whitmarsh Heartless?

Click on this link for video of the latest board meeting:

After watching this and knowing that Sherry hasn't yet apologized, do you think that she has a heart?

The Whimarsh "Gates" Dictionary

The Dictionary of Whimarsh Involved "Gates"

A list of the various "Gates" Sherry has been associated with over the years

ButtercupGate (early 2010) - an allegedly illegal board meeting held at the Buttercup restaurant after a contentious CAC meeting.  The attendees are assumed to be Paul Strange, Gary Eberhart, Steve Lawrence, and Sherry Whitmarsh.  Gary (blogs) and Paul (Noce) have in some ways fessed up to being present when questioned directly about it.  Sherry to this day refuses to admit or deny she was present (a school teacher moonlighting as a teacher at the time is rumored to have seen and heard them all).   The topic of discussion was rumored to be Chevron's involvement in the Solar Project.

IllegalbondGate (early 2012) - after questioning about the legality of using bond proceeds for particular transactions, Sherry claims that the board received the legal analysis verbally from Greg Rolen.  Gary claims that the board has seen the legal analysis (no idea in what form).  Mayo claims the entire board received a written legal analysis according to local blogs.  Hansen says she never received anything.

SanRamonMarriottGate (????) - when the board is questioned about the costs of holding a retreat at the San Ramon Marriot, Sherry Whitmarsh claims to have access to an anonymous donor to pick up the entire tab.  This anonymous donor is not identified.   Later when the meeting is deemed to be illegal (all board meetings are required to occur within district boundaries) Sherry still refuses to identify the anonymous donor.

BoardDictatorGate (early 2012) - As board president, Sherry runs the board like Assad runs Syria.  Although every board member is theoretically an equal, Sherry refuses to place items on the agenda that do not further her personally.  Additionally she refuses to acknowledge proper points of order requested by Hansen.