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June 3, 2014 > Support for Dr. Marken

Support for Dr. Marken

Our community is beyond upset to hear of the resignation of Dr. Dave Marken [Superintendent of Newark Unified School District].ÊDr. Marken cares about every student, employee and community member of Newark and we just cannot believe that this person, who has only done great things for our students and community, for the past three years was brought to his breaking point to resign from a place he loves.

My personal opinion is that he was forced to make this decision for his own health and sanity because of the lack of respect and bullying he endured on a daily basis from the NUSD board members.ÊWe have a very dysfunctional board and they are overstepping the purview of their job.ÊAs a community member I am very upset that this has gone on and on for many years.

We are in a very unhealthy cycle; every three years we seem to have to hire a new superintendent because they have had enough of the bullying and disrespect from our board members.ÊSome of our board members have been on our board for over 10 years - enough is enough.ÊWe cannot do this to our students at Newark Unified; we need to keep our current Superintendent, Dr. Marken, because he is the best thing that has happened to Newark and NUSD for many years.

It is time that we stand up and be heard, and the only way I think this can be accomplished is to have our voices heard as voters and community members and say that our current Board of Education do the right thing and resign from their positions.ÊThey are doing no good for our students and our community.

We will have employees, community members and students present at our board meeting this Tuesday, June 3, at 7:00 p.m. at NUSD, 5715 Musick Ave. in Newark, standing strong as one voice for the board to finally listen and hear our concerns and see our support for our leader Dr. Marken.

I am a member of the Newark community and I am also a graduate of Newark schools so this is very important to me that we bring this story out to all communities of the Bay Area so they don't have to go through what we have to go through.

Christine Herrera
Newark

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