Suzie Saliba Skugstad 
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Re: “Fired Piedmont Custodian Seeks to Clear his Name

I worked at a Wildwood with Ken. I can honestly say he is the nicest guy and his ease with conversation made me feel comfortable with him, even alone on Sunday afternoons in the empty school. I felt he was respectful and looked out for my needs as a teacher. He is not your stereotypical Piedmont Guy, however. I can imagine some teachers at the school finding him a distraction or “different” but that’s what I enjoyed about him! He always had time for you whether just for a quick convo or a classroom need that he would personally take steps to solve. Of all our custodians, he was the one who went out of his way to get us what we needed like the resident green bins, a special hook, etc. He cared.

I’m also wondering about the agism/sexism charge he made against PUSD. Wildwood is not known for its diverse staff being almost all white and female.(Like me) Could it be we just don’t have enough people of different demographics to create a culture of understanding and acceptance? Instead we find fault in behaviors and words that don’t warrant it. We overreact. Would a female employee who made a random reference to a “gun at home” be fired for it? NO WAY!! They would be given a pass just by virtue of their age and their femaleness! And btw, Ken said he has no gun and made no such reference.

I have no answers but this whole story makes me depressed and sad for Ken. I wish he could get his retirement back.

Posted by Suzie Saliba Skugstad on 11/18/2019 at 8:59 AM

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