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Open 54th Open Letter
From: Whistleblowers– Comprised of a Large Group of Extremely Concerned TUSD Administrators, Teachers, Retired Administrators and Parents, Grandparents
Subject: How Long Will the Stench Last?
He left with his tail between his legs, defanged and humiliated. He left because several of his administrative calamities (violations and lies) caught up with him. As a “good” Catholic, as he peddled himself to be, he should have known that his sins would catch up with him and that penance of some sort would find him. He had no choice but to resign.
HT Sanchez would have been terminated if he had not resigned, no matter how he may try to spin it. We all know this. (Although, A. Grijalva & K. Foster refuse to admit any of this because, of course, his calamities all implicate each of them.) Even a novice to the situation recognizes this.
It has been a stinking situation and the reeking smell has all been caused by no one else but HT Sanchez. He could have left with whatever amount of dignity he had remaining but instead, his antics immediately following his resignation were so tremendously contrary to professional conduct that they only added to the repulsive stench emanating from him.
Even though he was no longer an administrator or superintendent he attended the Arizona Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents to garner sympathy and support based on more of his pathetic lies, stating that he had grown tired with certain Board members and decided to move on.
NOT true! It was not his choice. This was bad enough, but the stinker also visited with legislators, again, attempting to harvest sympathy and political support as he lied to them about the reason behind his resignation. There is no end to the lies that Sanchez utters. He layers his lies on top of one another, which is in many ways what got him to the spot he is now in. Of course, HT has the individual right to go anywhere and attend any meeting he pleases, BUT not as a representative of TUSD and not as a superintendent. (He lost his crown a month ago.) If he chooses to continue to walk in the “poor me-loser” mire, he will be called on his exploitative acts over and over again.
We were so exhausted from hearing about his legislative lobbying and one bill vs. another during all of our meetings. It was never really about the legislation; it was about his “heroic” work; over and over and over again. Fools like Michael Varney and Mary Belle McCorkle fell for the hero image HT painted for himself. We hope that our principals’ meetings will focus on our schools from now on. Sure, we understand the importance of getting legislative updates, but HT’s number one job during the legislative session had become his lobbying efforts. He neglected all of his other responsibilities which is only part of the reason that our District is in turmoil.
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What adds to the stench is the way that Adelita Grijalva and Kristel Foster have decided to act as the team of mean stinky obstructions against the new Board majority. If Mike Hicks says that the sky is blue, Adelita screams that it is not blue; that she is insulted by his statement that it is blue. She insists that it is orange and that it has been orange for the 14 (painful) years she has been on the Board. She says she knows best. She repeats her statement many times almost singing it as if it had been rehearsed. The more emotional she becomes, the higher her singing pitch goes. It is like nails scraping on a black board. Kristel jumps in, while flaying her arms in all directions, reads her prepared points from her laptop and says that, of course, the sky is orange at all times during the day; that Adelita should know and how dare him say that the sky is blue. She then states, “Let me reiterate, the sky is orange 24 hours a day. I checked with Dr. Sanchez and he validated it, so, of course it is true.” This is the level of obstruction that is being acted out at every Board meeting. It is an embarrassment to everyone who works in TUSD and to the entire community.
Sanchez needs to stay out of TUSD business. HT needs to stop looking for sympathy based on his hallucination-like lies and the multiple incorrect/immoral and perhaps illegal actions which he took as supt. If HT wants to lick his wounds, he should but it should be without a political audience. Adelita and Kristel- the mean team– need to stop sulking. Being tagged as the mean ones is not exactly the legacy they should be working to accomplish. HT is gone. Live with it! Many more than HT, Adelita, and Kristel will ever know continue to celebrate that he is gone. Soon the stench will dissipate.
HT needs (or should) distance himself from TUSD administrators and staff. None of us owe him anything. We do owe our focus on our schools and TUSD. We know he is still reaching out and it is inappropriate and tacky.
Once Dr. Trujillo starts to dig into the desegregation court order he will find that what has been happening to our schools is the terrible. Principals at the magnet schools and those that have lost their magnet identity have been dumped upon even more lately. With little notice we were directed to turn in our school plans and our budgets. No one can do a good job with surprise dictates that give us inadequate time to do our work and result in negative consequences to our schools. We do not know how many schools took a beating with their budgets but we know many did.
We are optimistic about Dr. Gabriel Trujillo as OUR Interim Superintendent
The fact that it was a unanimous vote was impressive, until Kristel Foster opened her mouth and began to whine again. Does she ever stop? And, then, of course, Adelita Grijalva agreed. Could either of them every try to make their comments in a positive and constructive context? We hope that Dr. Trujillo has been able to see the dysfunction that HT created during his four years. HT did not think that curriculum and instruction were important enough to fill the position for almost a year and a half and we know that he has found one mess after another within this area. He will find many more messes throughout in his new position. It would be perspicacious of him to keep his distance from the man that left TUSD in chaos and to quickly figure out who around him is going to begin to serve the District and its students and who will continue to just get by.
As we have discussed the type of superintendent search that should take place, we outlined several options and listed the pros and the cons. We are in favor of a national search or at least one that includes targeted states with large school districts that have similar demographics as TUSD. No matter what process the Board decides to use, what is important is not to make the same mistake that was made last time in the hiring HT Sanchez. No single candidate should hijack the process like HT Sanchez was allowed to do. He gave the Board an ultimatum to consider him and him only as a finalist and the majority of the Board went along with it. There have always been rumors that the position was his long before he showed up for the interview. None of the preselection games should be played this time and the only way to make sure it does not happen again is to make the process as transparent as is possible. This time around, the top candidates should be thoroughly scrutinized. If the Board won’t do it, others will!
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