FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Note: This letter was sent via email to Mr. Capobianco on September 13, 2018. It is only posted publicly here because he did not respond.
September 15, 2018 - Thousand Oaks, CA - It has recently come to my attention that one school board candidate is being excluded from the PTA School Board Candidate Forum.
My understanding is that certified letters were sent to all the candidates and that they were required to reply by a certain date. Based on a discussion with Dr. Amy Chen, she never received the certified letter and is therefore being excluded from the forum on an invalid technicality. Surely, Mr. Capobianco must have received notification from the post office that the invitation was never delivered.
Regardless, Mr. Capobianco has the discretion to allow her to participate. At the most recent CVUSD Board meeting, Dr. Chen communicated in public to Mr. Capobianco her desire to participate and that she did not receive her invitation. Any refusal to be inclusive does not give parents the benefit of hearing from all available candidates and could tip the scales for the candidates that were included. This action is simply not appropriate for a leader of an important parent organization.
I therefore call on Mr. Capobianco to exercise his ability to be flexible and allow ALL school board candidates to participate in the PTA forum. The PTA is an inclusive and welcoming organization. School board candidates should be no exception.
The seemingly arbitrary exclusion of a school board candidate could potentially cast the PTA and the CVUSD (by association) in a negative light. This is not the Conejo Way.
Sandee Everett, MSEd
ABOUT SANDEE EVERETT
Sandee Everett was elected in 2016 as a Trustee on the Conejo Valley Unified School District Board of Education. She is the mother of five children. She holds a master’s degree in Education from Purdue University and a bachelor's degree in English from BYU. Sandee is currently a full-time mother, but maintains a current California license in School Counseling. Sandee Everett’s comments are her own and do not necessarily reflect the views of CVUSD or other trustees.