- thank you to the Board
- "I regret that my tenure in Seattle ended during the time of the questions and concerns that were legitimately raised about the Regional Small Business Development Program." Elsewhere she says, "In the case of the small business program, I am angry that any school district employee would abuse a program and taxpayer funds in this way. I had absolutely no involvement in this appalling abuse of the public’s trust. Neither the state auditor’s investigation nor the independent counsel investigation authorized by the school board found that I was in any way involved in these actions."
- She goes on to say that she is "ultimately responsible" for what happened in the district.
- Regardless, this situation happened on my watch as superintendent. For that, I am deeply sorry, and I certainly accept and understand the school board’s decision to make a change in the leadership of the district.
- She says she was "privileged" to work with "exemplary teachers, administrators, staff members and other public servants" in the district.
- She claims "strong academic progress." She says the performance reports for schools gave parents more information.
- Very funny - "We also consolidated some of the functions of the central office to make us more efficient and effective, and focused much more on serving the needs of the schools whose job it is every day to educate children."
There's much that could be said including too little, too late. Also, no support to either Fred Stephens or Don Kennedy.
She goes out of her way to say she had nothing to do with the scandal and was completely exonerated of that thought by both the auditor and Board investigator. We know that, Maria, no one has said otherwise.
Someone commented at KIRO that this is "a gracious exit." Maybe so but it's also a coward's exit.