Lead in school water alarms parents

Lead in school water alarms parents

There are 30 comments on the LA Daily News story from Apr 27, 2008, titled Lead in school water alarms parents. In it, LA Daily News reports that:

For nearly two decades, the Los Angeles Unified School District has relied on its staff to flush hundreds of campus drinking fountains every day to help lower any lead levels in the water, but tracking began ...

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Tired of Woodlake Parents

Los Angeles, CA

#21 May 5, 2008
Get a life people. The people on the board from last year don't even show their faces on the campus. I don't know how they could speak about what is said at meetings and be accurate. They only showed up at the last one and missed the previous three. The current board will let you see anything you ask for. I have asked to see some paperwork and why the arrowhead was cancelled. To blame it on "the board" is just plain stupidity, uneducated and infantile. The did what they were told to do from the lausd district and State PTA and I have SEEN the documentation. Just ask for it. YOU need to open your eyes. They have never said they have made more money than previous boards. Most of them on this board are new and have never done it before. They are doing a great job and really care about all the kids. Because of the water situation even though it started years ago,(which they also acknowledge) some parents (not all on the board) forced LAUSD to finally do something about it and not make empty promises. If all you guys can do is criticise this years PTSA, then help out if you think you are so much better. Get over it and let's all help the kids. You shouldn't be in this for your own recognition. Although everyone recognizes who the losers are.
Woodlake Parent 3 wrote:
Good for you that you think the PTA is great. All PTA boards work hard. There are no lies being spread. You can choose to wear blinders, that's your choice. Open your eyes, you will see.
How long did they hide the fact that they stopped payment on the clean drinking water and not tell you?
Why were funds put into the "miscellaneous" category and not explained?
Why didn't they tell you that they called Arrowhead water over and over again for weeks calling anyone that would answer the phone dirty names until Arrowhead wouldn't deliver the clean drinking water to the school, was going to sue them and wouldn't uphold their contract?
Are you happy the Woodlake kids got to drink lead because of this board?
Oh, and wait until they tell you again that they are above making more money than any previous board? Maybe someone should ask how much the previous boards made to know that. I don't think you will get an honest answer because just last month they said they were ahead of the previous board and they are not. They are thousands...like $50,000 or more behind the previous board. <quoted text>
Woodland Hills Parent

Valencia, CA

#36 May 10, 2008
Hate to tell you, you are sadly mistaken. "A lot of people talk about," get a life. Don't YOU all have something better to do than bad mouth people that cared about the children? How dare you assume something about me? That just shows your mentality. I'm just one of many parents that used to be involved helping ALL the children and didn't do it for my own personal gain. I'm just disgusted that Woodlake has turned from a nice neighborhood school to a school where most parents want out. The ones that leave to go to other well-performing schools, they are the smart ones. YOU are the parents that have children that bully the others at Woodlake. It has never been like this in the past! Why aren't you busy teaching your children to get along with others and not bully them?
Woodlake PTSA mom wrote:
You sound like one of the sore losers that a lot of people talk about.(and I don't mean the new board)<quoted text>
Woodlake Parent 3

Valencia, CA

#37 May 10, 2008
Well, you must have missed the meeting where "misc funds" were listed with no explanation.

I guess you missed the last meeting where they said that they were ahead of any previous board!!!

As far as the cooler motion, I read those minutes and you are sadly mistaken. The previous board allowed me to look at those minutes and you might have gotten a copy that someone changed to make their point but that was not the motion from the previous board. I was there.

I don't believe in PTA any more as they allowed an Association to work hard, vote and then allowed a new board and new Association members to change and revoke what the parents worked so hard to achieve. I will never give my money to anybody that allows this to happen. It is not the right way to handle a business. The State and local PTA are not following protocol. They are just appeasing you until the ones that know how it should be go away. Go ahead, give them your money. They aren't getting mine. I will give in other ways, but not to this organization that is full of lies. FYI: They did not handle last month's meeting properly. They ran it like a comedy show. It was a joke.
I won't vote as I don't trust them to do it right anyways. Did you see that a teacher ran against a parent but hadn't raised her hand until the parent did? It was all a joke.
Be well..take care...outta here in 28 more days.
Woodlake Parent wrote:
They explained the funds when I asked them. They showed me the documents from State PTA when I asked them why we weren't getting the water. I am not wearing blinders, I have asked these questions and they have provided documentation when I have asked. What I did see was the minutes when we (the association) voted on coolers in the classrooms and then it was changed without asking us to something different. It was the principal (I asked him) and the district who actually stopped the water. And at the association meetings they have never claimed they have made more money than the previous board) As a matter of fact they said they have the $10,000 left from last year because of the water. I do not know where you are getting "your facts", but you seem to be the one spreading lies, not our current PTSA. Also, when last years president tried to get In&Out cancelled, it was the current president that would not say who it was, I got the info from the office staff. If you are so unhappy, please attend the meetings and you can see what goes on. They have district and state people there to make sure they are doing things correctly. Go and vote or you don't have a right to complain.<quoted text>
Woodlake Parent 3

Valencia, CA

#38 May 10, 2008
Much of the PTA Association has not shown up. 18 people show up for the water committee meeting? Come on!! Your PTA president has done a great job...yes, he got everyone to become un-involved. He has harassed, intimated and assaulted until your volunteers went away.

Did you hear him yelling at the ice cream lady?

The State and local PTA allowed new people to come in and do things that they had no idea to do...that was a mistake. It's not good to have a "green" board. The Association planned this take over. They had teachers to run against most people who were on the slate. Now look what happened? The Association voted in a president with no qualifications of ever having done anything for PTA besides stand at an event with his hands in his pockets. You all listened to his speech...where was what he had done for PTA?
Did you listen or were you just trying to get rid of the old board? You get what you reap.
He had no qualifications except he wanted to fight his wife's battle because he had a problem with past board members. She gripped about logowear and their spending money and now does the very things she didn't like "them" doing. Better watch the money next year. She's the financial secretary.

How will you all pay for the things that was paid for in the past for the children?

The people that used to help have gone and done other things to help but will not be involved in the PTA. That is a direct result of what has gone on. These people have helped for years!!

Oh, by the way, being better is not at issue here. I've never said I was better than anyone. It's not my job. They said they made more money than previous boards at the last PTA meeting. I guess you missed that one.

Bye for now...this is just a waste of time. My time is better spent with my kids.
Tired of Woodlake Parents wrote:
Get a life people. The people on the board from last year don't even show their faces on the campus. I don't know how they could speak about what is said at meetings and be accurate. They only showed up at the last one and missed the previous three. The current board will let you see anything you ask for. I have asked to see some paperwork and why the arrowhead was cancelled. To blame it on "the board" is just plain stupidity, uneducated and infantile. The did what they were told to do from the lausd district and State PTA and I have SEEN the documentation. Just ask for it. YOU need to open your eyes. They have never said they have made more money than previous boards. Most of them on this board are new and have never done it before. They are doing a great job and really care about all the kids. Because of the water situation even though it started years ago,(which they also acknowledge) some parents (not all on the board) forced LAUSD to finally do something about it and not make empty promises. If all you guys can do is criticise this years PTSA, then help out if you think you are so much better. Get over it and let's all help the kids. You shouldn't be in this for your own recognition. Although everyone recognizes who the losers are.<quoted text>
Country Girl

Valencia, CA

#39 May 10, 2008
You are putting one set of parents against the other...WHY? Why in the world are you counting who comes to what meeting or whether they are on campus? It sounds to me like YOU need to get a life. It's this bashing that is stopping parents from being involved. Unbelievable..what a sad group of parents you are.
If you think one set of parents are losers, look at the numbers from one year to the next and see who supports financially or not. That should tell you. I think you are mistaken but the numbers will tell you.
Tired of Woodlake Parents wrote:
Get a life people. The people on the board from last year don't even show their faces on the campus. I don't know how they could speak about what is said at meetings and be accurate. They only showed up at the last one and missed the previous three. The current board will let you see anything you ask for. I have asked to see some paperwork and why the arrowhead was cancelled. To blame it on "the board" is just plain stupidity, uneducated and infantile. The did what they were told to do from the lausd district and State PTA and I have SEEN the documentation. Just ask for it. YOU need to open your eyes. They have never said they have made more money than previous boards. Most of them on this board are new and have never done it before. They are doing a great job and really care about all the kids. Because of the water situation even though it started years ago,(which they also acknowledge) some parents (not all on the board) forced LAUSD to finally do something about it and not make empty promises. If all you guys can do is criticise this years PTSA, then help out if you think you are so much better. Get over it and let's all help the kids. You shouldn't be in this for your own recognition. Although everyone recognizes who the losers are.<quoted text>
Woodlake Parent 2

South Pasadena, CA

#40 May 10, 2008
I believe it is the last boards association that voted them out!!! Not the current association. The minutes I read were the ones in the secretary's book from last year signed by the Recording Secretary. I don't know how the previous board could have given you the original minutes, they must be the the ones that have the copy and changed it to make themselves sound correct (unless they didn't hand in the correct information?) I guess the teacher that ran against the parent wanted to make sure that parent didn't get in. And obviously that is how everyone else felt if the teacher was voted in. Wish I could have seen it, I bet it was humiliating. Have a great life, glad you are done in 28 days!! Don't let the door hit you on the way out.
Woodlake Parent 3 wrote:
Well, you must have missed the meeting where "misc funds" were listed with no explanation.
I guess you missed the last meeting where they said that they were ahead of any previous board!!!
As far as the cooler motion, I read those minutes and you are sadly mistaken. The previous board allowed me to look at those minutes and you might have gotten a copy that someone changed to make their point but that was not the motion from the previous board. I was there.
I don't believe in PTA any more as they allowed an Association to work hard, vote and then allowed a new board and new Association members to change and revoke what the parents worked so hard to achieve. I will never give my money to anybody that allows this to happen. It is not the right way to handle a business. The State and local PTA are not following protocol. They are just appeasing you until the ones that know how it should be go away. Go ahead, give them your money. They aren't getting mine. I will give in other ways, but not to this organization that is full of lies. FYI: They did not handle last month's meeting properly. They ran it like a comedy show. It was a joke.
I won't vote as I don't trust them to do it right anyways. Did you see that a teacher ran against a parent but hadn't raised her hand until the parent did? It was all a joke.
Be well..take care...outta here in 28 more days.
<quoted text>
John Lyons RC

United States

#41 May 10, 2008
Is the water safe or not? It should be a simple answer. Test the water. With bottled water there is no excuse to expose children to a hazard.
Woodlake Parent 3

Valencia, CA

#42 May 11, 2008
I read it in the secretary's book before it was passed to the current board, so that's the original. I'm sorry that you don't know what you are talking about. The teachers want stuff for the teachers, not for the kids. That's the point, dear. The teachers were the ones that didn't want the water in their classrooms. When it was worked out not to bring it into the classroom, they still didn't want the water, yet they bring their own bottled water for themselves everyday. There were more teachers than parents and that's why the teacher got voted in. The teacher has no background to be on the board. Again, this is why the PTA is where it is at. Making half as much as any previous PTA at Woodlake in years.
Oh, and by the way, I don't believe the parent was humiliated. It just showed how stupid the Association is. It's the what the parents want, they don't come to meetings any more.
Yea, in 28 days I get to spend all the time with my kids...thanks!!! I hope you will do the same. Enjoy!! I will.
Woodlake Parent 2 wrote:
I believe it is the last boards association that voted them out!!! Not the current association. The minutes I read were the ones in the secretary's book from last year signed by the Recording Secretary. I don't know how the previous board could have given you the original minutes, they must be the the ones that have the copy and changed it to make themselves sound correct (unless they didn't hand in the correct information?) I guess the teacher that ran against the parent wanted to make sure that parent didn't get in. And obviously that is how everyone else felt if the teacher was voted in. Wish I could have seen it, I bet it was humiliating. Have a great life, glad you are done in 28 days!! Don't let the door hit you on the way out.<quoted text>
Parent - Astonished

Valencia, CA

#43 May 11, 2008
Dear Woodlake Parent 2, you aren't paying attention to what is important here...THE CHILDREN!! Woodlake has such a poor reputation now and it's because of parents like YOU. You lost track of the important part of PTA..not picking on volunteers, scaring them away with humiliation, bullying, terrorism...but caring for the CHILDREN. What a loser you are and you are making your school a loser. The CHILDREN only have the PARENTS to look after them..the teachers want the money. The teachers have a salary and they have the union. WHO WILL WATCH AFTER THE CHILDREN? It certainly isn't you!! I'd leave this school too if I had my kids at Woodlake after reading what you wrote and how you act. Maybe you should read what PTA stands for..that might help.
Woodlake Parent 2 wrote:
I believe it is the last boards association that voted them out!!! Not the current association. The minutes I read were the ones in the secretary's book from last year signed by the Recording Secretary. I don't know how the previous board could have given you the original minutes, they must be the the ones that have the copy and changed it to make themselves sound correct (unless they didn't hand in the correct information?) I guess the teacher that ran against the parent wanted to make sure that parent didn't get in. And obviously that is how everyone else felt if the teacher was voted in. Wish I could have seen it, I bet it was humiliating. Have a great life, glad you are done in 28 days!! Don't let the door hit you on the way out.<quoted text>
juyftt

San Jose, CA

#44 Nov 25, 2008
arrowhead sucks

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