Parents, Students and Community Members Mobilize To Save Emerson Junior High

The Vanguard made a brief stop on a busy day to Stonegate Country Club, where a group of parents, community members, and children were preparing posters for a planned protest on Tuesday, at 4 PM at Central Park.

The hopes of these protesters is to keep Emerson Junior High School open amid a budget crisis with the school board tentatively planning to close it pending more formal decisions coming as early as this Thursday.

For more information on the protest, log onto the Save Emerson blog.

—Doug Paul Davis reporting

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  • David Greenwald

    Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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92 comments

  1. I think what we need to do is start a recall petition for the school board. That’ll save future Valley Oaks, Emerson Jr. Highs, and send a clear message to would be school board members what’ll happen if they get involved with the likes of Tahir Ahad and Total School Solutions.

  2. I think what we need to do is start a recall petition for the school board. That’ll save future Valley Oaks, Emerson Jr. Highs, and send a clear message to would be school board members what’ll happen if they get involved with the likes of Tahir Ahad and Total School Solutions.

  3. I think what we need to do is start a recall petition for the school board. That’ll save future Valley Oaks, Emerson Jr. Highs, and send a clear message to would be school board members what’ll happen if they get involved with the likes of Tahir Ahad and Total School Solutions.

  4. I think what we need to do is start a recall petition for the school board. That’ll save future Valley Oaks, Emerson Jr. Highs, and send a clear message to would be school board members what’ll happen if they get involved with the likes of Tahir Ahad and Total School Solutions.

  5. Darkside’s recall idea is naïve. This school board uncovered and fixed the corruption and poor practices of the past; the teachers chose to increase their pay at the expense of having more teachers; and to save Valley Oak, Emerson, DaVinci et.al. takes money – – money from other programs/services/sites and/or cash from parents or the public.

  6. Darkside’s recall idea is naïve. This school board uncovered and fixed the corruption and poor practices of the past; the teachers chose to increase their pay at the expense of having more teachers; and to save Valley Oak, Emerson, DaVinci et.al. takes money – – money from other programs/services/sites and/or cash from parents or the public.

  7. Darkside’s recall idea is naïve. This school board uncovered and fixed the corruption and poor practices of the past; the teachers chose to increase their pay at the expense of having more teachers; and to save Valley Oak, Emerson, DaVinci et.al. takes money – – money from other programs/services/sites and/or cash from parents or the public.

  8. Darkside’s recall idea is naïve. This school board uncovered and fixed the corruption and poor practices of the past; the teachers chose to increase their pay at the expense of having more teachers; and to save Valley Oak, Emerson, DaVinci et.al. takes money – – money from other programs/services/sites and/or cash from parents or the public.

  9. At the very least, none of those board members were there when Tahir was. As soon as Allen, Taylor, and Daleiden were elected, Tahir moved on.

  10. At the very least, none of those board members were there when Tahir was. As soon as Allen, Taylor, and Daleiden were elected, Tahir moved on.

  11. At the very least, none of those board members were there when Tahir was. As soon as Allen, Taylor, and Daleiden were elected, Tahir moved on.

  12. At the very least, none of those board members were there when Tahir was. As soon as Allen, Taylor, and Daleiden were elected, Tahir moved on.

  13. Okay, let me rephrase. All 5 members have shown they will gut an entire school before they will cut administrative salaries. They put some expensive school with fancy laptops serving a small number of students before the entire west/central davis neighborhoods. James Hammond, unless I’m wrong makes a hefty six figure salary.

    Allen, Taylor, unless I’m wrong also made the decision to pay a superintendent who didn’t work 240,000 while they close valley oak to save 300,000

    And despite knowing the school board in the past had squandered the $, they had the audacity to ask John Q public for more of it.

    Bottom line. They are making bad choices and they will continue to make them until they are removed.

  14. Okay, let me rephrase. All 5 members have shown they will gut an entire school before they will cut administrative salaries. They put some expensive school with fancy laptops serving a small number of students before the entire west/central davis neighborhoods. James Hammond, unless I’m wrong makes a hefty six figure salary.

    Allen, Taylor, unless I’m wrong also made the decision to pay a superintendent who didn’t work 240,000 while they close valley oak to save 300,000

    And despite knowing the school board in the past had squandered the $, they had the audacity to ask John Q public for more of it.

    Bottom line. They are making bad choices and they will continue to make them until they are removed.

  15. Okay, let me rephrase. All 5 members have shown they will gut an entire school before they will cut administrative salaries. They put some expensive school with fancy laptops serving a small number of students before the entire west/central davis neighborhoods. James Hammond, unless I’m wrong makes a hefty six figure salary.

    Allen, Taylor, unless I’m wrong also made the decision to pay a superintendent who didn’t work 240,000 while they close valley oak to save 300,000

    And despite knowing the school board in the past had squandered the $, they had the audacity to ask John Q public for more of it.

    Bottom line. They are making bad choices and they will continue to make them until they are removed.

  16. Okay, let me rephrase. All 5 members have shown they will gut an entire school before they will cut administrative salaries. They put some expensive school with fancy laptops serving a small number of students before the entire west/central davis neighborhoods. James Hammond, unless I’m wrong makes a hefty six figure salary.

    Allen, Taylor, unless I’m wrong also made the decision to pay a superintendent who didn’t work 240,000 while they close valley oak to save 300,000

    And despite knowing the school board in the past had squandered the $, they had the audacity to ask John Q public for more of it.

    Bottom line. They are making bad choices and they will continue to make them until they are removed.

  17. A recall at this time would divert limited volunteer and staff/faculty hours and just deepen the crisis. What is needed is solutions to get us out of this period of trouble.

  18. A recall at this time would divert limited volunteer and staff/faculty hours and just deepen the crisis. What is needed is solutions to get us out of this period of trouble.

  19. A recall at this time would divert limited volunteer and staff/faculty hours and just deepen the crisis. What is needed is solutions to get us out of this period of trouble.

  20. A recall at this time would divert limited volunteer and staff/faculty hours and just deepen the crisis. What is needed is solutions to get us out of this period of trouble.

  21. They fired David Murphy because they would not have recouped the Montgomery money with him remaining. They paid him his salary due because legal costs would have come close to that amount anyway and this was quicker and a cleaner break.

    The $240,000 is a one-time payment, the cost to keep Valley Oak open was on-going.

    They did pay Hammond a hefty salary. I suppose we can debate about it. I would have asked all upper administrators to take a pay cut, but they opted instead to get rid of Ginni Davis–a great move in my opinion and a few others in the administrative office, so to suggest that the administrative salaries (i.e. by way of layoff) was not done in addition to teacher layoffs, is not accurate.

    This current school board is not responsible for the most part for past squandered money.

    I think it is a dangerous game that we play when we talk about retribution against the school district, because the board members are not the ones who pay, the children are.

    Vincente

  22. They fired David Murphy because they would not have recouped the Montgomery money with him remaining. They paid him his salary due because legal costs would have come close to that amount anyway and this was quicker and a cleaner break.

    The $240,000 is a one-time payment, the cost to keep Valley Oak open was on-going.

    They did pay Hammond a hefty salary. I suppose we can debate about it. I would have asked all upper administrators to take a pay cut, but they opted instead to get rid of Ginni Davis–a great move in my opinion and a few others in the administrative office, so to suggest that the administrative salaries (i.e. by way of layoff) was not done in addition to teacher layoffs, is not accurate.

    This current school board is not responsible for the most part for past squandered money.

    I think it is a dangerous game that we play when we talk about retribution against the school district, because the board members are not the ones who pay, the children are.

    Vincente

  23. They fired David Murphy because they would not have recouped the Montgomery money with him remaining. They paid him his salary due because legal costs would have come close to that amount anyway and this was quicker and a cleaner break.

    The $240,000 is a one-time payment, the cost to keep Valley Oak open was on-going.

    They did pay Hammond a hefty salary. I suppose we can debate about it. I would have asked all upper administrators to take a pay cut, but they opted instead to get rid of Ginni Davis–a great move in my opinion and a few others in the administrative office, so to suggest that the administrative salaries (i.e. by way of layoff) was not done in addition to teacher layoffs, is not accurate.

    This current school board is not responsible for the most part for past squandered money.

    I think it is a dangerous game that we play when we talk about retribution against the school district, because the board members are not the ones who pay, the children are.

    Vincente

  24. They fired David Murphy because they would not have recouped the Montgomery money with him remaining. They paid him his salary due because legal costs would have come close to that amount anyway and this was quicker and a cleaner break.

    The $240,000 is a one-time payment, the cost to keep Valley Oak open was on-going.

    They did pay Hammond a hefty salary. I suppose we can debate about it. I would have asked all upper administrators to take a pay cut, but they opted instead to get rid of Ginni Davis–a great move in my opinion and a few others in the administrative office, so to suggest that the administrative salaries (i.e. by way of layoff) was not done in addition to teacher layoffs, is not accurate.

    This current school board is not responsible for the most part for past squandered money.

    I think it is a dangerous game that we play when we talk about retribution against the school district, because the board members are not the ones who pay, the children are.

    Vincente

  25. A recall isn’t going to create $4 million out of thin air. Let’s concentrate on productive solutions, like fundraising via Davis Schools Foundation.

  26. A recall isn’t going to create $4 million out of thin air. Let’s concentrate on productive solutions, like fundraising via Davis Schools Foundation.

  27. A recall isn’t going to create $4 million out of thin air. Let’s concentrate on productive solutions, like fundraising via Davis Schools Foundation.

  28. A recall isn’t going to create $4 million out of thin air. Let’s concentrate on productive solutions, like fundraising via Davis Schools Foundation.