School District critics, there is an individual about town who was a
prime culprit in many of the problems Rogers loves to gloat about.
His name is one that many of these critics don't want to hear,
apparently because it complicates their passionate attacks against
our board members. But sorry to face the music, boys -- almost all of
the current problems we're faced with can be laid down at the muddied
doorstep of former Supt. David Aponik himself.
While I'm sure this is an unwelcome surprise to people like
Rogers, who go out of their way to absolve Aponik of any of the
responsibilities of an eight-year tenure, they are the ones who are
complaining about these problems in the first place. Why Rogers and
others go out of their way to excoriate board members, all the while
indemnifying the past superintendent from any portion of
responsibility, is a puzzlement some of us can't begin to explain.
I'm not the only one who has noticed it, either. Several months
ago, the Leader printed a short letter from another reader who said
the very same thing, and the rumbling coming out of local faculty
lounges is that not too many district employees are as tragically
torn by Aponik's departure as his outside apologists seem to be.
The unions were concerned at first, but that's only because of the
bad experience they had with the anti-union psychotics who used to
run the BUSD. But now both chapters are unofficially relieved that
Greg Bowman has not turned out to be the ogre he was feared to be,
and I can assure anyone who cares that the California School
Employee's Assn. has been deeply disappointed in Aponik over the
I'll let Will in on a little secret, and it goes to the heart of a
recent complaint. While much has been made of the board's failing to
perform a large-scale search for his replacement, in 1992, Aponik
made the same kind of promise to me -- in front of union witnesses no
less -- in regards to filling a vacancy of the director of adult
education. Aponik assured me that the district would do a wide