I read with interest the letter from Bill Fagan who stated he was delighted to share what he calls "my truth". What interested me most was that he didn't share "the truth" about the three board members he considered to be caring and honorable people. "My truth" sentimentality can be touching, but it doesn't truly inform us about facts relating to the circumstances.

I'd like to add some facts that I have researched to accompany Bill's sentiments:

* Over $1.5 million was spent to expand Mojave's campus to address lack of classroom space and a split campus. This enabled all of Mojave's students to attend classes on one site--something that had never been possible before.
* A new administrator was hired so that Bill would only have the responsibilities for one school instead of several.
* A second continuation high school was opened to alleviate overcrowding and allow Bill to keep his campus at 250 - 300 students.
* Emergency locks for classroom doors were installed in every classroom. This enabled teachers to lock down their rooms in the event of a campus emergency. This had been a teacher request for years.

The district accomplished all of these things within months of the election of the then three new board members, and all of these accomplishments directly benefited Bill, his staff, and the students at Mojave.

Bill claims that loyalty is one of his greatest strengths, but one wonders how he failed to mention the help that he sought and received from the new board.

The community should also consider some facts about Synergy Day. As planned, this event would have cost the equivalent of 300 student-days lost to instruction. This would have had a tremendous fiscal impact that cannot be ignored in light of the economic issues we are facing.

With Mojave's test scores, 499 in 2006, 472 in 2007, and 563 in 2008, one might reasonably conclude that students need to be in classroom. One can also reasonably consider that with Mojave's rapid turnover in students, attendance at Synergy Day does not necessarily correlate with an improvement in test scores. In fact, no one can be certain if the students attending Synergy Day were in fact the same students that were tested. Most importantly, while the test scores have improved they are still drastically below the district, county, and state average.

Bill stated that he worked with two of the board members before they were elected. Did he in fact ever attempt to speak with them about his concerns or offer suggestions on how things could improve? The answer may simply be no, and Bill offers no reasonable argument that would suggest otherwise.

Writing to the paper after his departure in this fashion reads more like a cheap shot than an effort to improve anything. What could his piece hope to improve or remedy? The disappointing fact in his letter to the editor is that he wrote it without regard to the damage it would have on our district, its staff, the board, and our community.

Despite the noble reasons he cites for moving, the bottom line is he abdicated his position at a time when, if we are to believe his characterization of things, the community needed his leadership the most. Real leaders stick to the task when times are tough and become part of the solution. Bill's choice to leave was his, and he did so for valid reasons. His contribution of sentimental complaints from a distance helps nothing and adds nothing to help solve the challenges we face as a community here at home.

We need to focus on present situations and the future of this district. Too many hateful statements have been made by those who only seek to undermine the current Board, our Superintendent and his administration, the principals and teachers in our district; the same men and women who give our children 100% at the end of the day, to make certain they are given the best education possible. This negative behavior damages our district's reputation. It undermines confidence in the eyes of its employees, students, parents, and our community at large.

In the next several months ahead, we will be facing serious challenges, and we need to be working together to find solutions to those challenges. It is time to mend fences, heal old wounds, and stop bashing the Board and our District.

It's time we realize that division will only bring about a greater level of dissension; we need to be solving problems here at home as a community, united in our efforts to offer positive suggestions and not just criticism to our elected officials and those who work in the district. Our children and families deserve better than reading in our papers comments that espouse sometimes hateful criticism of Board Members and district staff.

We often say we are obligated to give the families in our community nothing less than our very best at the end of the day, but in the end, what can be achieved if we can't learn to work with one another, putting aside our differences and finding common ground?