False and misleading assertion?
What David Long has done with his public commentary is usually called "ring and run." Dissatisfied military and political leaders do it as they retire and then publicly criticize the policies and actions that they were very recently leading and taking part in. The question on whether ring and run is an honorable ploy is usually answered with one's already formed perspective on the issues being raised. Just like the proposed recall, some will say yes and some will say no. But issues like these usually form a paradox.

He is leaving as a Hesperia Unified School District principal to become principal of Bridger School for the Logan City School District. It is an absolute seamless transition for him. He goes from being a highly paid administrator at one school district to being a highly paid administrator at another. But the thesis he nails to this community's door just prior to his well-planned departure is fraught with inaccuracies and innuendo.

He was wrong to imply that the "13 administrators who also chose to leave HUSD this year" did so because their "work was halted" by "the current board and an overly empowered teacher's union." Perhaps they left for even more money than HUSD could provide them. Perhaps the greener pastures of northern Utah or the concrete of Orange County appealed more than the desert landscape. Perhaps they did not support HUSD's newest superintendent, who really does actually have more control over the operation of the district than any one of five elected governing board members. On top of the fact that 13 leaving "this year" is an absolutely false and misleading assertion, the attempt to provide reasons for other's departures is also false ballyhoo. Why did they not also ring the bell of ominous warning as they too ran off for better things? But ringing and running ain't about truths.

I hope that Long's count of 13 administrative casualties included Bill Freeman (although he is actually still an assistant HUSD superintendent) whom the old board, not the newly elected members, voted in closed session to provide over a quarter of a million dollars to over the course of about fifteen months so he could sit at home. I hope that the group of 13 and the old governing board member's "work" he referenced was more professional in scope than the work which created the tremendous fiasco that the Hesperia Institute for ExCel now finds itself in. This ExCel mess was brought about by gross mismanagement of old board members and administrators; the newly elected board members had nothing to do with it, and were, in fact, denied their rightful seats on its board. This denial highlights the lengths that the entrenched bureaucracy of HUSD administration will go to hold onto its power.

And so HUSD now finds itself in a power struggle and leadership vacuum; who shall govern and whose interests shall be served are some basic questions before the district. Who shall stay and plod on with the work that must be done and who shall flee? Leaders lead, they do not run. They lead with the resources before them. Are there rising stars in the district capable of stepping up and filling whatever voids exist? For the HUSD children who cannot "vote with their feet" as over-paid administrators can, I hope that the answers to these questions are found soon.