Some readers may recall that when I asked the school district administration when the Mariners Gold Ribbon report would be issued, I was told, “early October.”

So using Swun math, I have divided the month into thirds and labeled each either early, middle, or late. Let’s see 31 days divided by three equals ten and one-third. Rounding off, we get ten. So late October is 21-31, middle is 11-20, and early October is 1-10. So that would mean that the Gold Ribbon report is due… TODAY!

Don’t hold your breath waiting.

Even if it is issued, it will not implicate anyone of anything nefarious. It will explain away all 16 teacher union charges of “untruths and inaccuracies” as misunderstandings, communications challenges, and a few other soft-peddled explanations for what went wrong.

So where will that leave teachers? More on that after the report.

State the facts

In the original billing for the 2016 state of the schools breakfast, invitees were told that challenges would be on the discussion menu. I watched the whole thing and there wasn’t a word about any challenges. It was, as I wrote it would be, a love-in.

I have to believe that for a good chunk of the time, many of the attendees were asking themselves, “I got here at 7 a.m. for this?” I wondered about this after watching the section in which Supt. Frederick Navarro led them through a silly exercise in which each table was to discuss the meaning of each of the job titles listed on cards for each person.

“Uncle Billy, where’s the money?”

I don’t know if the Daily Pilot or the Register were in attendance, but if so, they missed the only news story at the breakfast.

Early in his remarks, Navarro told the audience – and I’m now telling you – that it was “one hour before spring break” 2016 that he learned that two of his educrats – Susan Astarita and Paul Reed – were retiring.

Swun Math again. Let’s see… this is tenth month of the year. April is the fourth month of the year, so ten minus four is… six! Yep, the man in charge of the district learned in April that two of his top people were leaving and he waited six months to make a public announcement. Six months, during which there could have been a search for replacements.

But I forgot. Reed can’t be replaced. He is apparently the only person on the planet who can do that job, that’s why the district paid him not to retire. Which begs these questions: If we paid him not to retire and the superintendent learned six months ago that Reed was in fact retiring, did we continue to pay him? If so, shouldn’t we be getting a refund?

Don’t worry, I’m sure one of the conscientious school board club members will ask these two questions at tomorrow night’s meeting at 6 p.m. 2985 Bear St., Costa Mesa.


Steve Smith
Taxpayer, N-MUSD