Here are two key SUSD-related paragraphs from Scott Smith’s story:
Elementary school principals in the Stockton Unified School District in a 2012 memo also said they didn’t want to use the club for its after-school programs because Simas was “difficult to work with and rude.”
Simas responded Friday to the criticism, saying that she’s not difficult to work with, but she does have high expectations of employees. A turnover in principals proves her point, she said.
Well, that “turnover” thing she referred to is overblown, to say the least. In the memo referred to in Smith’s story, seven principals are listed as having been at the meeting where Simas was described as “difficult to work with and rude.” The relevant meeting took place during the 2011-12 school year. In the 2012-13 school year, all seven principals continued to be principals at SUSD schools. Five of the seven are still principals at SUSD schools in the current school year.
And, by the way, Mayor Anthony Silva made something of a promise at the meeting in question. According to the memo, “Mr. Silva discussed that he would make sure communications improved with the district and that he would have a conversation with Sharon Simas.”
Whether that conversation ever occurred is unknown. What is known is that Simas resigned from the board of the Boys & Girls Club with “a very heavy heart” back in January, but now is president of that same board in the aftermath of the Guy Hatch debacle.