A statement read at the most recent NVUSD board meeting: I am coming before you tonight as the concerned parent of a student athlete at Napa High regarding the football coaches.
I have elected to remain silent over the last few harrowing weeks as I have seen the students, staff, and community of the district try to make sense of the events that have unfolded. I have welcomed people into my home, and I have tried to help soothe their fears, frustrations, and anxiety. As I have done so, I could not help but wrestle with my own sense of fairness, and the feeling that common sense has somehow escaped the administration's grasp in this process.
As a parent, I have witnessed firsthand the qualities that we seek in leaders. I have seen leadership embodied neither by school or district administration. Our finest examples of what best represents Napa High have come through the football coaching staff of Napa High.
When the community thinks of leaders who will help our children, it is the football coaching staff that comes to mind. And now it appears that our students will be losing that incredibly vital and heroic resource as well, for unexplained reasons and reductions, and because the football coaches understand the true meaning of team and leadership.
As an active member of the Napa High community, I cannot help but think to myself that we are better than this. Board, Superintendent, and school administration, you are better than this. This community has looked to you for leadership, fairness and a sense of human compassion, and you have left us wanting.
From our perspective, you have not provided clear communication, leadership, fairness or basic human compassion. We have witnessed the insensitive nature with which you have handled students and staff. You have broken a football team that has previously prospered, and most importantly, you have given us no reason to believe that you have the ability to manage these sensitive issues appropriately and justly.
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You have broken our team, our spirit, and our community. I implore you to re-examine your stance on these issues and to bring a quick resolution to these matters.
For that, and due to this true loss of faith in the leadership at the site and district levels, we have started to circulate a vote of no confidence petition for Principal Annie Petrie and Superintendent Patrick Sweeney. These signatures will be collected and delivered to you at the next board meeting.
Board, you have a duty to act with integrity and ethical standards to hold Superintendent Patrick Sweeney and Principal Annie Petrie accountable.