Parent & Community Voices

  • “Our three local high schools have all been in the news in recent months and NOT for the right reasons. It’s becoming quite clear to this community, that the district administration is asleep at the wheel -- and it’s time for the board to make some changes.”
    - Keith and Melissa Brama (Future Oak Ridge Parents)
  • “Paul Burke’s absence, despite universal community support, is unfortunately no longer the shock that it should be. Our students deserve a top-flight administration that can effectively resolve critical issues like this one. A school board’s main job is to put the right people in leadership and ensure they are acting solely in the best interests of the students. The four month long investigation has clarified one thing: something is wrong at the district office. The board needs to identify the problem and correct it. We realize this may be difficult, but it’s time for some obviously needed housecleaning.”
    - Lisa and Dan Shonkwiler (Future Oak Ridge Parent)
  • “As an El Dorado County tax payer I no longer trust my dollars are being spent wisely and I call into question our elected officials.”
    - Bill Knox (Retired community member)
  • "Given the lack of communication and leadership presence by the Superintendent and his staff over a protracted length of time, I strongly support a call to action to evaluate our district officials."
    - Jay Washburn (Future Ponderosa Parent)
  • “All of the issues surrounding the matter of Mr. Burke’s leave have not been addressed in a timely, satisfactory, and professional manner. The significant lack of leadership at the HS district level has prolonged this issue unnecessarily and has kept a highly respected and positively impactful principal from returning to work and serving the needs of parents and students alike. The mis-handling of this matter is a big letdown for the entire community."
    - Joel Weidert (Current Oak Ridge parent)
  • “Our students are working hard and have great teachers. But instead of supporting the students and helping them succeed, our high school district administrators are making things harder for them. This is not how it should work so thank you for starting this effort!”
    - Rick and Deborah Van Nieuwburg (Future Oak Ridge Parent)
  • “The continued missteps, particularly with the Paul Burke situation should be a forcing factor for the board to take a good, hard look at those they have in leadership at the district.”
    - Michele Miesner (Current Oak Ridge Parent)
  • “The EDUHSD has found itself under scrutiny because of some glaring leadership issues. I support the effort to investigate at a deeper level the vision and goals of this organization.”
    - Dan Walsh (Future Oak Ridge parent)
  • “It’s time for action! The school district board members, especially the superintendent, need to step down and allow some competent members to step in and do what is expected of them: lead with direction!”
    - Carol Knox (Current Oak Ridge grandparent)
  • “If you think about the big picture, these blemishes on our schools are affecting the perception of our community and ultimately creating a decline in our home values. Something needs to be done and quickly.”
    - Alison Buchanon (Future Oak Ridge Parent)
  • “Do not let our voices and our actions fall on deaf ears. We want Mr. Burke to return to Oak Ridge as the Principal, as the leader and visionary he was hired to be.”
    - Vicki Crozier (Current Oak Ridge Parent)
  • “As a parent of an Oak Ridge student I take both the lack of communication to parents and the lack of urgency in resolving the situation as a respect issue for my students' limited time at the school. We’re now looking at half of a school year without a principal in place. How can that be allowed?”
    - Tonita Otero (Current Oak Ridge Parent)
  • “One of the top reasons people buy homes in this area is because of the education provided by our local schools. My concern is that will no longer be the case without effective district change.”
    - Kim Ross (Realtor/Community Member)
  • “How can a school district operate without accountability or integrity? What message does that send to our kids?”
    - Mike and Jennifer Gygax (Future Oak Ridge Parent)
  • “We are sincerely concerned with the current management of The El Dorado Union High School District in light of the recent handlings at Oak Ridge High School. As long time members of the community with our three children enrolled in the district, we strongly support a major refresh. We need fresh thinking, fresh leadership and a fresh approach to education and management.”
    - Devon Valencia (Current Oak Ridge Parent)

Our Supporters

Thank you to our early supports

  • Amber Weidert
  • Angie & John Platt
  • Brent & Shanna Lowder
  • Carole & Bill Knox
  • Cluadia Rahim
  • Colleen & Mitch Vanderwall
  • Erin & Dan Walsh
  • Jay & Amy Washburn
  • Joanne Davis
  • Joe & Sarah Fergerson
  • John Mountain
  • Karen Lienert
  • Kari & Mark Spero
  • Keith & Anna Knox
  • Melissa & Keight Brama
  • Kim & Bob Ross
  • Kim & Dave Buckmaster
  • Laurie & Howard Morton
  • Mike & Jennifer Gygax
  • Pam & Matt Brozek
  • Paul Avanov
  • Rick & Deborah Van Nieuwburg
  • Ron & Mary Ellen Towne
  • Stacy & Kevin Koschik
  • Steve Weisser
  • Tobi & Gary Throckmorton