Fri04182014

Letters to the Editor

Memories of Ranger Keith remain

The very first time I went to Redwood Grove in 2002 was very exciting. I got to hold a ball python, tarantula and see the bunny hop around on the floor. It was a very enjoyable time because I loved the animals. When I got to sing "Dirt Made My Lunch," "This Land Is Your Land," "The Bull Frog Song" and "The Banana Slug Song," it was very fun because I also loved to sing. I also enjoyed finding Pyrite in the creek or shooting an arrow at the haystack. But the most memorable thing was camping out under the stars with my friends. I really liked how Keith ran the program. I am not going to Redwood Grove this year because Keith is no longer with the program and the city has changed the program too much. It is sad, because it would have been my sixth year, and it makes me very sad that the city is changing a lot of the camp.

Emma Paige, 10

Los Altos

Decision over principal still stings

Usually, losing a principal at an elementary school is not a big deal. But there is one change dedicated parents, teachers and staff are highly upset over.

This change would be the loss of our interim Almond School principal, Joe McCreary.

If you are wondering what the fuss was all about, it could be because you are not fortunate enough to have a child attending Almond School. If you took the time to walk on the Almond campus and watch McCreary in action, you may begin to grasp the main reason for the uproar.

We will never find out the real reason for McCreary not being chosen as Almond's permanent principal. But the Almond community is being ignored by the administration and the elected officials that we put in office. So far we have yet to hear one valid reason to convince us that their decision was made in the best interests of our children.

There is no other necessary and desirable quality that matters more in a principal than one who genuinely cares about the children. McCreary was also well liked and respected by his staff members and teachers. If the overwhelming support and pleas in the form of letters of recommendation, e-mails and phone calls to the administration during the hiring and selecting process was not the top criterion for retaining our interim principal, we want to hear what truly was.

Don't they get it? The remarkable reputation Almond and the LASD schools are enjoying today is due largely to the incredibly dedicated teachers and committed families who value high-quality education, and, yes, great principals like McCreary. The manner in which the administration handled this decision demonstrates a total disregard for us, the constituents.

Vivi Chan, Dana Bunnett and Bill Bassett

Los Altos

Swim coach's influence far-reaching

I just read your article about Kevin Perry (Town Crier obituary, April 30), and I really enjoyed it. I found it to be the best that I have been able to find about him. Here's some more information about Kevin.

First, Kevin was not a swimmer. He was a standout basketball and baseball player. In fact, there is a famous picture of him at Bellarmine – giving up a home run to Dan Pastorini.

Kevin got into coaching by teaching swim lessons for the Mountain View Recreation Department at Rengstorff pool. By 1981, Kevin was coaching the Los Altos Aquatic Club and Awalt High School's boys team. I swam three years for Kevin at Awalt/Mountain View High School.

What most people didn't know about Kevin was how hard he worked at being an excellent swim coach. It was amazing how astute he was when it came to the business end of running a swim club.

In the late 1980s, Kevin made sure that Mountain View and Los Altos would always have a swim team. He created LAMVAC (Los Altos Mountain View Aquatic Club), which is still around 20 years later.

Kevin had a huge influence on the people who knew him. But he also had an influence on many swimmers he never met. Kevin will be missed.

Ben Murray

Former Mountain View High swim coach

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