I think Victoria Ruffin and Amanda Parrell need to spend more time with their families, don’t you?
The phrase “spend more time with my family” is politician speak for “I’ve done a lousy job and I am quitting before they run me out of town on a rail.”
Ruffin and Parrell — along with Bob Davis — did a thorough job of making a mess of the Antelope Valley Union High School District Board of Trustees.
In fact, you would have to go back a long way to find anyone doing a more thorough job of making a mess of a local Board, and they did it all in less than one year.
In a series of 3-2 votes, they gave lucrative contracts to their friends, prompting a recall effort that fell short. They have also investigated political opponents, such as longtime school volunteer Donita Winn and teacher James Stockdale, who backed the recall.
The recall failed, not because of some great popularity of Davis, Ruffin and Parrell, but because of the monumental task of collecting 25,000 signatures.
Despite the failed recall, Davis resigned, the best move he made since his election, a couple of weeks ago.
After Thursday’s stunt — in which they walked out of the meeting when a vote didn’t go their way — Ruffin and Parrell should do us all a favor and follow their feckless leader out the door — permanently.
As reported Saturday by Julie Drake of the Antelope Valley Press, Ruffin and Parrell left the building after Ruffin did not get her way on a motion to remove from the agenda a presentation on options for filling the Board vacancy left by Davis.
Board members John Rush and Jill McGrady did not agree on delaying the presentation, pointing out that the deadline to set a special election is Dec. 6, and the Board is not scheduled to meet until after that deadline.
Ruffin’s ostensible reason for delaying the presentation on the vacancy was that it would take too long and not allow time for action on the teacher and classified staff contract proposals.
The two sides could not agree on accepting the agenda, and the vote was 2-2. But legal counsel and Superintendent David Vierra pointed out the meeting could proceed without the Board formally voting its acceptance.
Thus, there was no reason the meeting could not continue. They could have discussed the contract up front and moved the presentation to later in the meeting.
Nope. When Vierra suggested a recess, Ruffin packed up and left, and Parrell — as is her wont — dutifully followed.
The remaining, rational, members proceeded with the presentation as well as scheduled student presentations, but obviously could not vote on the teacher and classified staff contracts.
A fine example for the students, by the way — adults (chronologically, at least) walking out of a meeting because they didn’t get their way.
Spending more time with family is truly a good thing. Ruffin and Parrell should try it.
William P. Warford’s column appears every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.