In their Fall 2012 newsletter, the Director's note addressed the recent final candidate for Berkeley's superintendent, Dr. Edmond Heatley, who subsequently withdrew his application after an uproar from the Berkeley community. When serving as the Superintendent of Chino Valley School District, Dr. Heatley issued a memo in favor of Proposition 8, the 2008 California ballot initiative which provides that only marriage between a man and a woman is recognized in California.
Here is an excerpt from Judy (emphasis is mine):
"(The memo) goes on to state that 'the ideal learning environment for children is within a nurturing home governed jointly by a mother and a father.' It also states that the defeat of Prop. 8 would force schools to 'inevitably be required to adjust their policies and curriculum' in response to a redefinition of marriage. These arguments were based on and promoted fear and anti-gay bias. Someone with these values should not lead the schools where our children learn."
Fortunately, we've moved past Heatley. There are many things for the board to consider in the superintendent search- not least of which is finding a strong leader who will represent all families in Berkeley so that EVERY child can achieve an excellent education. While the board will work together to do just that, it is also our responsibility as members of the community to be involved and make sure our voices are heard.
Here are two ways in which you can be involved in the superintendent search:
- Upcoming Berkeley PTA meeting on Thursday, December 6 at 6:30 PM- where the primary topic will be the Superintendent search. Location: BUSD Admin, Tech Center 2020 Bonar St., Room 126
- BUSD School Board meetings are open to the public, shown live on TV and posted on their website, along with the agenda and all accompanying materials. Find information for school board meetings here.