Saturday, May 07, 2011

Granada HS situation continued...

From the May 4th Contra Costa Times and the following link:

Correct mistake
My daughter has worked side by side with the Atkinson twins with coaches Dean and Barney for several years with the Granada High School track team. The two boys and two coaches did not work or behave any differently this year than the previous ones. The only thing coach Dean and coach Barney did wrong this season was occupy the same air space that the new co-head coach, Carly Graham, wanted.
She started harassing them from the moment she stepped out on our track. It has been painfully obvious to the other athletes and adults in attendance. It was stated to me at one point "Coach Graham just needs the opportunity to work with some talented athletes to shine."
If the reporter had investigated further, he would have found out she behaved this exact same way last year at Amador High School. I'm guessing that's why she's not there anymore. Would any Amador parents or coaches like to comment? The overall sprint team had lower times this past week than the entire season with Dean and Barney gone. This was not done for the benefit of the athletes involved, but for personal gain of another coach.
The Livermore School District needs to stop this and call a spade a spade. It was a mistake for the athletes when Graham was hired and they need to correct it.
Margo Bateson
Livermore Granada High parent and volunteer

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