When Ken Maddox was sworn in as a new trustee after the June 24 recall, he kept his son, Ken Jr., at his side. During his remarks that night, he credited teachers and said how much Ken Jr. had liked his kindergarten teacher, his first grade teacher and second-grade teacher, too. "And I have no doubt," Ken Sr. said, "That his third-grade teacher will also be beloved by our family."
Maybe so, but that third-grade teacher isn't an employee of Capistrano Unified School District. Ken Jr. is no longer a CUSD student; he's attending a Dana Point parochial school.
Maddox, who blogs at www.kenforourkids.com, was less than eager to talk about his family, but said his ex-wife has custody of his son, and enrolled him in the parochial school without even talking to Ken Sr. about it. Maddox, as a matter of fact, was all ready to wait for his son in front of the elementary school that day to walk him home when he learned his son wasn't there, he says. The family, Maddox notes, isn't even Catholic.
(He was, for the record, also upset that we'd heard his son wasn't enrolled ... I am repeatedly amazed that anyone paying even the slightest attention to CUSD the last few years believes anything is secret.)
Bottom line: We're back to a situation where none of the trustees have children in the district. Is that a disadvantage or advantage?