That noise you may hear tomorrow and over the weekend is the sound of the Bear St. Bureacrats as they celebrate the end of the school year and a dramatically reduced level of attention on all of the mismanagement and scandals that have dogged them for the past school year. Some go back even further.

They are counting on their own Groundhog Day, a repeat of past years when parents no longer have their kids in school and are too busy to pay attention to the arrogance, waste, mismanagement, and complacency that plague Bear St. Throw in the toxic working environment about which we’ve heard so much and, well, I guess I’d be celebrating tomorrow, too.

Except for a few things. First, we were promised a public copy of the internal report on just what happened at Mariners with their Gold Ribbon application. We were told at the second meeting that the report would reflect the frustration and discontent of the parents at that meeting. The timing of the report – the last day of school – would be funny if it weren’t so obvious. After all, this matter began almost two months ago with the letter from the Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers. So why wasn’t an investigation begun immediately? Because someone or some people saw tomorrow’s finish line, that’s why.

At least the teachers and parents got to be heard, which is more than John Caldecott got before he was let go after 10 years of service to the district.

The internal investigation is only one component of this situation. There is also an outside agency – paid for by your tax dollars – that is checking up on things, too. I stated previously that their report will be issued over the summer when few are paying attention so we’ll see.

There are so many issues and complaints right now that it is hard to keep track. That’s one of the reasons I provide a recap every so often. What has not been resolved must be followed up because sweeping things under the rug won’t do anymore.

Teachers: Thank you again for all you do and enjoy your time away from the N-MUSD. Please continue to speak up and out against behavior that interferes with your effectiveness. As we see from Mariners, parental support is ready.

Steve Smith