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Shortly After Re-election, Moraga Trustee Resigns

For unknown reasons, Dexter Louie submitted his resignation, the Moraga School District emailed parents.

Dexter Louie, within days of being re-elected to the Governing Board of the Moraga School District, has resigned.

District Superintendent Bruce Burns sent an email to parents Thursday that Louie had given written notice of his resignation, effective immediately, the Contra Costa Times reported. At a special closed meeting held Wednesday morning, Louie had recused himself from discussion of a sex abuse lawsuit and two sex abuse claims filed against the district.

No explanation for the resignation was immediately forthcoming, the Times reported.

In preliminary results with 12 of 12 precincts counted
in Tuesday's election, Louie had received 3,040 votes to gain re-election. The top vote-getter was Shari Simon with 3,709. Finishing in third place in the race for two seats was Parker Colvin with 2,398 votes.

On his campaign website, Louie pledged
to "provide a safe and positive learning environment." That plank states, in part, "There are laws, policies, and programs to maximize student safety. The District has gone one step further, with its School Safety Committee, a standing Board committee, consisting of parent, community, teacher, and district representatives. While it is not possible to control the actions of every person, whether a student (bullying) or an adult (child abuse), every effort is being made to provide a safe environment. I understand the issues and the concerns, and student safety will continue to be of the highest priority for me."

Nice and Rough November 13, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Ry, take a look at your comment. You think because the rape victim stood up in court and made her statement that it's ok to out her on WND. I feel sorry for you.
Lance Howland (Editor) November 13, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Andrew: I just deleted one of your comments because it named an abuse victim. I recognize that it's referring to her being named on another public website, but I'm uncomfortable with the naming in this forum. If you'd like to repost without that offending sentence, that would be fine -- email me at lance.howland@patchcom and I can send you the wording. -- Lance Howland, editor, Lamorinda Patch
Nice and Rough November 13, 2012 at 03:13 AM
Thank you for taking the time to review the comment.
Fritz 'Congodog' Stoop November 13, 2012 at 03:41 AM
This should have ended the moment the news that a pedophile was molesting children at this school. Principal Bill Walters' culture of silence has allowed who knows how much physical and emotional violence to be perpetrated upon our children. It may be that Dr. Louie served on the MSD board for all those years fully aware that molestation had occurred as his daughter was among the victims (Based on the WND account). That we pay Walters and his minion a nickel of retirement compensation is an abomination, as they failed in their primary responsibility, to protect the innocents in their charge. It is unforgivable. Why Louie, if he knew, did not act to reveal the crimes in this matter is likely known only to him. We may never know the whole array of facts involved here. We may have to take some solace in knowing it can never happen here again (theoretically). When I look at my grandkids and imagine them as victims of unreported crimes by unimaginably sick, perverted souls, the level of disgust and anger in me reaches a level that shakes me to the core. Walters et al, in my opinion, are accomplices after the fact and should be in a cell like Correa. Maybe if these men with "Short Eyes" spent a little time at Folsom or Pelican Bay they would understand the real meaning of helplessness.
Jose November 13, 2012 at 04:07 AM
If only I had a nickel for every minion and flying monkey at work in the comments on this blog...
Nice and Rough November 13, 2012 at 04:34 AM
You know the wicked witch ate some of her flying monkeys? They cut that scene.
Jose November 13, 2012 at 04:50 AM
I did not know that. Since you were on the inside, maybe you can tell me, St. Louis or Kansas City style bbq. I am betting on Kansas City, but no one knows the exact location. It could have been St. Louis.
Jose November 13, 2012 at 04:59 AM
And as to Dexter's minions, real or imagined, I am perfectly happy to wait for some actual information on the matter. Dexter does have some 'splainin to do, but so far all I see is splat on the wall, sliding into a puddle at the floor.
Andrew November 13, 2012 at 05:09 AM
Well folks, thank you for participating in the discussion. I can only say that this is the tip of the iceberg. There is a culture in our community that feel they are above the law and more importantly are empowered by us to make the law. What is wrong with this picture ? We only need look at the problems facing all three of our representatives bodies (MOFD, MSD, MTC) to understand that you and I have virtually no power in the public policy process. There always seems to be a convenient excuse for these scandals. MOFD and their gold plated pensions (we have no power over pensions because its a state pension requirement). MSD and the abuse scandal (we didn't know about it). And the MTC with its culture of being tone deaf to public involvement in critical public decisions. Care to find who these "players" are in our fair town ? Just check the past and present (where available) websites of our elected representatives. They are right in front of you, if you care open eyes and mind. Why you ask I am writing this ? I am tired of seeing the same old, same old. This culture has been going on for over 30 years. It is time to bring it to an end and truly become an inclusive community. My apologies to Valerie and Nice n' Rough if I offended you. It was not intentional. Sometimes the truth can be very unsettling.....
Fritz 'Congodog' Stoop November 13, 2012 at 03:21 PM
I assumed you'd fold when your silly word games would fail you. Back in your hole, Joe!
Ryan November 13, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Fritz and Jose: can you guys please trade email addresses so you can continue your games offline? Based off of the latest revelation: Louie had to know a lot about what happened when he took office in 1998. Burns made a claim that all of this was brought to light when the newspaper asked for records in 2010 but one of their board members had known about it all for the previous 12 years. Something doesn't add up.
Fritz 'Congodog' Stoop November 13, 2012 at 04:11 PM
This is no game, pal.
Andrew November 13, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Ryan is on point and quite right. Fritz, Jose, Valerie your doubts and disgust should be directed to those who are responsible for this whole mess....the elected officials that WE put there. Direct your questions to them. There is a MSD board meeting tonight...ask them. Don't be disappointed if your questions are deflected or unanswered because it is a "personnel related issue".
Fritz 'Congodog' Stoop November 13, 2012 at 08:50 PM
This is a forum which revolves around opinions. Ryan is not the arbiter of content, and I am not so sure about his opinions.
Ryan November 13, 2012 at 09:14 PM
If the opinions could stay on point that would be helpful. Talking about nonsensical word games or bbqing flying monkeys is best reserved for another forum. If you missed it, this particular one revolves around a School Board president resigning without explanation with revelations around how much he has known since his election in 1998. Fritz, please let me know what your opinions are on this case. Particularly how do you feel about Dr Louie, along with the board, welcoming back Bill Walters in 2009 knowing full well the role he played at JM in the 90's. Why did Dr Louie not let his fellow board members and the superintendent know and if he did, how in good conscience could they allow him to come back?
Nice and Rough November 13, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Thank you comment police officer Ry.
Ryan November 13, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Thanks Nate, Ryan works just fine too. anything of substance to add or just the usual fly by nonsense I've come to enjoy. It's always good to have the full spectrum of contributions.
Nice and Rough November 13, 2012 at 09:26 PM
As long as you're enjoying it, I'll keep it coming.
Fritz 'Congodog' Stoop November 13, 2012 at 11:45 PM
As far as we know, Witters and Correa are the only two flushed out, there may be more. Walters and his employees are accomplices after the fact for not reporting it immediately, then allowing it to continue. I find it hard to imagine that during their culture of silence that news of the crimes did not find its way to the MSD board. I do not know if that has been ascertained. If so, the add more accomplices to the list. Walters should have never been left near a child again. This is not a minor crime. It is dereliction of his main role as a school administrator, protect the kids in his care, Speculating as to why Louie did what he did will not help. If he did something illegal, it will come out. If he somehow did not commit a crime, he was likely protecting himself and his family. Not so good either way. 'Cover ups' accomplish nothing. They usually make things worse, much worse.
Jose November 14, 2012 at 06:33 AM
Per the Times, tonight (Tuesday), the MSD Board has the option to appoint someone to replace Dr. Louie, rather than order a special election. Seems like a no-brainer to me. Spend money$$ on a new election? Or appoint the runner-up who got a substantial number of votes, just one week ago, in a regular election. Hmmm. What to do? What to do? We shall soon find out. Hopefully, this doesn't secret voting...
Nice and Rough November 14, 2012 at 06:51 AM
I nominate Debra Lafave.
Fritz 'Congodog' Stoop November 14, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Taking the next highest on the vote tally is quick and fair. Internal votes allow collusion and empire building (such as that would be!) I still feel we need an outside investigation of the sad scandal. The FBI has some free time as they are done reading the CIA Chief's email. If Correa crossed a State border and continued contact with the victims, that qualifies the Feebies. Good lord, where have we gone and how did we get here?
Andrew November 14, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Just a footnote, current MSD boardmember Dennis Kelleher has been on the MSD board for the same time frame as Dexter Louie. Wouldn't he also know what Louie would know ? But then again, Kelleher also was on Louie's re-election committee. How about hearing from Dennis Kelleher on this. The public needs to know and the sooner the better.
Andrew November 14, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Remember Julie Correa's best friend at JM during this time period was current JM teacher Patti Forster. If my mind serves me correctly, Correa and Forster operated a summer soccer camp for students from JM.
Jose November 22, 2012 at 05:34 AM
fyi, Dr. Louie stopped not talking about "it", but didn't clarify anything. Times has a brief followup this evening. Apparently Dr. Louie spoke to LMW.
QuestionAuthority November 22, 2012 at 04:42 PM
As long as were talking about "conflict of interest" and "full transparency" and conspiracies of all sorts can someone please explain to me why the CCT 'reporter on this story has not recused himself after someone very close to him was fired by the district he's writing about???? Just asking.
Andrew November 22, 2012 at 05:39 PM
I also read the article in LMW as well as the Letter to the Editor from Trish Bare (chairperson for Dexter Louie's re-election campaign). Ms. Bare has historically been a frequent critic of the MSD Governing Board along with another Louie endorser Caroline Wood. In fact, both Bare and Wood were in attendance at MSD board meetings when the whole issue of Correa was being made public. However, they feel that Louie was completely ignorant of the abuse/molestation problem. I find it incredulous that Louie was totally unknowing of the problem. Instead, the public is to be further insulted by having Ms. Bare speak on behalf of Louie saying he has "personal problems" and cannot comment on his resignation. Ms. Bare, as Louie's de facto spokesperson, has assumed the responsibility to explaining this perplexing set of electoral developments. As Desi used to tell Lucy.... "Lucy you got a lot of splaining to do". But I am not holding my breath waiting for Ms. Bare or some other "spokesperson".
Trish Bare November 22, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Happy Thanksgiving to you too, Andrew, or should I say Dennis (Wanken). It's really disturbing that a former Moraga School Board member would be so vicious in attacking Dexter Louie as well as other current and former Board members. And to do so anonymously is just sad. You have also managed to personally attack most of the sitting Town Council members as well as numerous other members of the community. I have no doubt that you will continue to spew your venom without any regard to facts or reality but now you can no longer hide behind your mask. At least that is one thing to be thankful for today.
2nd Generation Moraga November 22, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Wow, I feel like I just watched a Perry Mason episode...
Fritz 'Congodog' Stoop November 22, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Hey, guys! Bruised egos aside, we are talking about sexual predators roaming our Middle School's halls with the principal and several others are aware of it. It is nice that you are coming to your pal's aid. But where were they when these kids needed them? Squabbling about who they should protect and how they should protect them pales when compared to their primary responsibility. Our children. About time for everyone to come clean and let's move on. The truth will set you free!

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