We have all learned by sad experience that Hardy Black, Robert Kirk, and Anthony Riley are dishonest and deceitful men interested in serving only themselves. Hardy Black, Robert Kirk, and Anthony Riley continue in their attempts to change history to somehow make their long, long, list of past evil actions simply disappear as if they were not involved at all in committing their gross incompetence and atrocities' that will reverberate throughout our school district for years to come.


Fortunately, there is a long record of well-respected voices that have cried out against the evil of Hardy Black, Robert Kirk, and their minion Anthony Riley.


It started with David Long, a long-term principal in this district, when he described the beginning of the Kirk and Hardy Black era with, "Fear and suspicion seem to be the current governing tactics used by the governing board. There seems to be more time spent behind closed doors in the school district than ever before. People at the district office and the school sites have been forced to spend an inordinate amount of time worrying about offending board members, trying to fulfill arbitrary and time consuming demands only to have their work tossed aside by the board, and trying to find time to do the job for kids they were hired to do."


This newspaper reported that Long's open letter to the board blasted school board members Hardy Black and Robert Kirk for governing through "fear and suspicion" and stated that the Black and Kirk had "declared war upon all administrators in Hesperia."


Only eleven short months later, another employee, long-term well-respected assistant superintendent George Landon, stood up at a meeting and had the courage to state, "It is with great anxiety, and with mixed emotions, that I submit my letter of resignation this evening. I will be resigning in order to maintain my integrity and morals. I can no longer be associated with a district where differing views, opinions, and issues are not discussed and respected."


Mr. Landon was speaking of the conduct of Hardy Black and Robert Kirk. He could no longer work in their empire; so he moved on to provide his expertise to other school districts.


A week later, Peter Day, the editor of this newspaper, wrote, "Surely, these three (Kirk, Hardy Black, and Lee Rogers) have learned to mellow out a bit and stop their micro-managing of our highly regarded school district. They're not going to continue to force key people out of our district, I thought. But I was wrong…what has become painfully clear is that Robert Kirk and Hardy Black are over-confident and meddlesome…and that's a shame."


These three well-respected opinions in this community only partially described the debauchery of Hardy Black. There were many more who spoke out against Hardy Black's control and destruction of this district. There were even many more who left the district to go work elsewhere. Hardy Black has literally cost this school district millions of dollars in wasted expenses, legal costs, and legal settlements.


And now Hardy tries to falsely paint me with a similar brush. It simply ain't true. I stand by my actions and whole-heartily refute any of the flat out lies that Hardy Black tries to throw at me.


Hardy's lies about me may have speed of circulation among his supporters, but the real truth about me, and my actions on behalf of the parents and students of this school district, has endurance.


I will persevere and endure this Hardy Black nonsensical horse manure thrown madly about and keep my focus on the things that matter in this district---our kids, our parents, our budget, and our employees. And that focus includes working to correct the extensive spiritual damage that was done, and continues to be done, to this district by Hardy Black, his cohort Riley, and their overpaid, incompetent, and divisive staff plants.