I've quietly watched as the turmoil over union negotiations and the old high school site has raged over Moorpark. And while these issues certainly are important, they have become so consumed with emotion that we've all lost sight of the fact that Moorpark schools are good. They are very good, and this has occurred as a direct result of foresight and planning.
Three of the four board members who are under the threat of recall have served on the board for three to 11 years. Under their direction, Moorpark schools have met the challenge of rapid growth and have steadily improved with each new challenge. Moorpark has grown dramatically since I moved here five years ago and, since that time, three elementary schools have opened, the new high school is in the planning stages for Mountain Meadows West, and site review is in process for a new middle school.
The outstanding teachers (and I do believe we have outstanding teachers in Moorpark) came to this district as a direct result of the dedication and planning by the school board and district staff.
The emotional conflicts of union negotiations and disposition of the school site will soon pass simply by virtue of their very nature. But the repercussions of a recall will long prevail. This proposed recall, if successful, would leave us with a board with the most senior member possessing less than one year's experience as a trustee.