Good news on the horizon for Holman?

  • 10/09/2007 9:41 am in

Eli HolmanThis e-mail we received from members of the West Contra Costa Unified School District school board seems to suggest that Eli Holman will qualify.

We are writing to you as members of the West Contra Costa Board of Education.

We are fully aware of Elijah Holman’s situation regarding his eligibility to play and we want to provide you the details of what happened and what the situation is now.

Elijah has met all the requirements necessary to be eligible under NCAA guidelines. He has enough core credits and he has passed all necessary exams to graduate.

The administrators at Richmond High School (of “Coach Carter” fame) – failed to accurately complete the paperwork necessary for Elijah to be cleared. Matt Banker, from the NCAA Clearinghouse, is overseeing Elijah’s case. Mr. Banker has requested paperwork which we either completed improperly or not at all. The remaining issue centers around an incomplete description of a core class which Elijah took in 9th grade.

We want to set the record straight so that Elijah is not tainted with the label of “failing student.” He is a victim of sloppy administrators. We want to apologize to him and his supporters on behalf of the Board. We have directed the Superintendent to immediately resolve the situation.

Mr. Ramsey has been working with Ms. Marni Mooney in the Indiana University Basketball Office and Assistant Coach Ray McCallum.

Eli is OUR boy and we want to assure you that he will have good news.

Madeline Kronenberg and Charles Ramsey
West Contra Costa Unified School District
School Board Members

There is still no official word on Holman from IU or the NCAA and we’re three days from Hoosier Hysteria. Let’s hope this gets resolved sooner rather than later.

(Note: A few people have asked us to verify the authenticity of this letter and yes, we have verified that it was sent by the referenced school board members. We spoke to Charles Ramsey earlier this afternoon.)

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  • yes. let’s hope. it would be awful for him to miss participating in midnight madness just because people aren’t paying attention. i find it very ironic that eli did so much work to get himself reinstated and then eligible, but his school decided it was ok to slack off. isn’t it supposed to be the other way around? but this is good news, none the less. go hoosiers, i hope we can see eli reject a few on friday night

  • yes. let’s hope. it would be awful for him to miss participating in midnight madness just because people aren’t paying attention. i find it very ironic that eli did so much work to get himself reinstated and then eligible, but his school decided it was ok to slack off. isn’t it supposed to be the other way around? but this is good news, none the less. go hoosiers, i hope we can see eli reject a few on friday night

  • Ryan

    Just a comment/question to everyone worried about Holman not being able to participate for Hoosier Hysteria. Holman was cleared to practice after official word came that the clearing house receieved his paper work for review. Hoosier Hysteria is technically a practice so doesn’t that mean he is eligible to participate? Just a thought.

  • Ryan

    Just a comment/question to everyone worried about Holman not being able to participate for Hoosier Hysteria. Holman was cleared to practice after official word came that the clearing house receieved his paper work for review. Hoosier Hysteria is technically a practice so doesn’t that mean he is eligible to participate? Just a thought.

  • kelin

    I would agree Ryan, they pulled him from practicing prior too the Bahamas trip, but he is now practicing…..see ya at Midnight Madness Eli…it is time to play!

  • kelin

    I would agree Ryan, they pulled him from practicing prior too the Bahamas trip, but he is now practicing…..see ya at Midnight Madness Eli…it is time to play!

  • Brad

    No you can still practice if your not cleared. John Brown a d-tackle for the Florida Gators practiced while waiting for the same thing Eli is. Florida got to the point where it took so long they held him out of practice for a couple days, before they finally cleared him.

  • Brad

    No you can still practice if your not cleared. John Brown a d-tackle for the Florida Gators practiced while waiting for the same thing Eli is. Florida got to the point where it took so long they held him out of practice for a couple days, before they finally cleared him.

  • Craig

    You guys actually think that letter is real? What administrator is writing: “Eli is OUR boy and we want to assure you that he will have good news.”

    I would double-check the facts or call the administrators to insure that is real before printing it.

  • Craig

    You guys actually think that letter is real? What administrator is writing: “Eli is OUR boy and we want to assure you that he will have good news.”

    I would double-check the facts or call the administrators to insure that is real before printing it.

  • Just spoke with Mr. Ramsey and he made it clear that Eli has done everything he needs to do to be a qualified NCAA Division I athlete. The problem was indeed with the school processing his paperwork correctly. He was very adamant about the fact that Eli is not at fault in this situation and the school administration did not do its job properly. Everyone involved is working to try to get this resolved by Friday or as soon as possible.

  • Just spoke with Mr. Ramsey and he made it clear that Eli has done everything he needs to do to be a qualified NCAA Division I athlete. The problem was indeed with the school processing his paperwork correctly. He was very adamant about the fact that Eli is not at fault in this situation and the school administration did not do its job properly. Everyone involved is working to try to get this resolved by Friday or as soon as possible.

  • Craig,

    Yes, the letter is real. I talked to Mr. Ramsey for about 10 minutes and he was up front and open about the situation. He wants to make sure that Eli is not being blamed for this situation and that the responsibility is being placed on the school.

  • Craig,

    Yes, the letter is real. I talked to Mr. Ramsey for about 10 minutes and he was up front and open about the situation. He wants to make sure that Eli is not being blamed for this situation and that the responsibility is being placed on the school.

  • Newt

    This kid is the difference in playing next April and just playing in March….just remember I said it (lol)….His defense will be the key to a Big 10 championship and Final Four…

  • Newt

    This kid is the difference in playing next April and just playing in March….just remember I said it (lol)….His defense will be the key to a Big 10 championship and Final Four…

  • knasmiley

    This is a common thing with his school, when he was re-applying to play after the REF incident they inadvertently gave the wrong grade sheet or something similar and had to re-submit the correct paperwork. When they did that Eli was re-instated and the rest is history from there………

    I hope to see him qualified soon too but dont blame him, this isnt on him in any fashion whatsoever……

  • knasmiley

    This is a common thing with his school, when he was re-applying to play after the REF incident they inadvertently gave the wrong grade sheet or something similar and had to re-submit the correct paperwork. When they did that Eli was re-instated and the rest is history from there………

    I hope to see him qualified soon too but dont blame him, this isnt on him in any fashion whatsoever……

  • Craig

    It sure seems like Richmond High School should concern themselves more with processing their students’ paperwork correctly than writing e-mails to blogs, which include phrases like “Eli is OUR boy”.

    Then again, this is a high school that banned junk food and soda from their school premises in 2003, so maybe it should not be surprising that their focus is once again off base.

  • Craig

    It sure seems like Richmond High School should concern themselves more with processing their students’ paperwork correctly than writing e-mails to blogs, which include phrases like “Eli is OUR boy”.

    Then again, this is a high school that banned junk food and soda from their school premises in 2003, so maybe it should not be surprising that their focus is once again off base.

  • Craig

    Meanwhile, thanks guys for following-up on that e-mail for us. Keep up the strong work.

  • Craig

    Meanwhile, thanks guys for following-up on that e-mail for us. Keep up the strong work.

  • jaime gongora

    Yeah you guys at this blog are doing a great job. You guys are the first sight I look at concercing IU basketball.
    Jaime

  • jaime gongora

    Yeah you guys at this blog are doing a great job. You guys are the first sight I look at concercing IU basketball.
    Jaime

  • Craig,

    This was not from the school. This was from school board members who are holding the school administrators accountable for Holman’s situation. These are elected officials who have to answer to the general public. It’s important to recognize the distinction.

  • Craig,

    This was not from the school. This was from school board members who are holding the school administrators accountable for Holman’s situation. These are elected officials who have to answer to the general public. It’s important to recognize the distinction.

  • Charles T. Ramsey

    My name is Charles Ramsey and I am the elected school board trustee for the West Contra Costa Unified School District. I am also an attorney. Last night I asked that my colleague Madeline Kronenberg post on this page to clarify Elijah Holman eligibility status. My board members were not aware of the snafu’s that have plagued Elijah in his quest to have his eligibility certified by the NCAA Clearinghouse.

    We have no interest in being regulars on this page nor do we anticipate posting in the future. However, Madeline and I both believe it is important that rumors and innuendo’s are kept to a minimum and that providing you relevant and accurate information is best for all parties involved. Remember, we are speaking about the reputation of a young person. Hopefully providing you relevant and updated information gives you insight into what is happening so that no one misunderstands the current circumstances.

    Unfortunately, Richmond High administrators failed to consider the ramifications of failing to promptly and accurately submit paperwork that was vital to Elijah’s academic and athletic future earlier this summer. As a result, his eligibility still remains in limbo until we work through the bureaucratic NCAA process. We as school board members have intervened due to the serious nature of the situation. We want a quick resolution of the issue.

    At this moment, we still do not have a resolution as we are awaiting compliance forms from the NCAA Clearinghouse to complete. Also my superintendent, Bruce Harter, notified me that Matt Banker just recently left the NCAA Clearinghouse. Without these forms, Richmond High School administrators cannot move forward and complete the work. Please remain patient with our district and give Elijah support. He is a youth worthy of it.

    I am equally as frustrated and I have only come to truly appreciate how challenging it is when people fail to appreciate the seriousness of being timely with forms. Finally, my colleagues written statement “He is our boy”, was just a dramatic way of expressing our commitment to him and his future. Making a big point out of the use of this vernacular is missing the mark. Let us all stay focused on the objective, which is providing this young adult with an opportunity of a lifetime at a legendary basketball institution.

    Thanks again and please understand that we will remain vigilant in getting the forms from the clearinghouse as well as having our staff complete the appropriate paperwork. I have the authority as the elected school trustee to direct our superintendent and staff to focus their energies on this pending application. Please note that Indiana University has additionally submitted a hardship waiver on Eli’s behalf to the NCAA. I wrote a two page letter in support of this petition. Although, we understand and appreciate the rationale behind submitting the hardship waiver, we maintain that it is unnecessary since Elijah meets all NCAA eligibility guidelines as required for incoming freshmen. We want everyone to know that Elijah did not need a handout. Nonetheless, basketball season is around the corner and the basketball staff at Indiana probably felt that they could not wait any longer on our school district. This is only speculation on my part, but I can see why they would not want to wait any longer after our staff had Richmond High School had waited this long to become engaged in working through the paperwork.

    Hope this helps and I will once again provide my phone number to allow the maintainers of this site to verify the authenticity of this email.

    Best wishes. Although I am a graduate of UCLA and a loyal supporter of the Bruins. I look forward to cheering for the Hoosiers.

    Charles T. Ramsey, Esq.
    School Board Trustee
    West Contra Costa
    Unified School District.

  • Charles T. Ramsey

    My name is Charles Ramsey and I am the elected school board trustee for the West Contra Costa Unified School District. I am also an attorney. Last night I asked that my colleague Madeline Kronenberg post on this page to clarify Elijah Holman eligibility status. My board members were not aware of the snafu’s that have plagued Elijah in his quest to have his eligibility certified by the NCAA Clearinghouse.

    We have no interest in being regulars on this page nor do we anticipate posting in the future. However, Madeline and I both believe it is important that rumors and innuendo’s are kept to a minimum and that providing you relevant and accurate information is best for all parties involved. Remember, we are speaking about the reputation of a young person. Hopefully providing you relevant and updated information gives you insight into what is happening so that no one misunderstands the current circumstances.

    Unfortunately, Richmond High administrators failed to consider the ramifications of failing to promptly and accurately submit paperwork that was vital to Elijah’s academic and athletic future earlier this summer. As a result, his eligibility still remains in limbo until we work through the bureaucratic NCAA process. We as school board members have intervened due to the serious nature of the situation. We want a quick resolution of the issue.

    At this moment, we still do not have a resolution as we are awaiting compliance forms from the NCAA Clearinghouse to complete. Also my superintendent, Bruce Harter, notified me that Matt Banker just recently left the NCAA Clearinghouse. Without these forms, Richmond High School administrators cannot move forward and complete the work. Please remain patient with our district and give Elijah support. He is a youth worthy of it.

    I am equally as frustrated and I have only come to truly appreciate how challenging it is when people fail to appreciate the seriousness of being timely with forms. Finally, my colleagues written statement “He is our boy”, was just a dramatic way of expressing our commitment to him and his future. Making a big point out of the use of this vernacular is missing the mark. Let us all stay focused on the objective, which is providing this young adult with an opportunity of a lifetime at a legendary basketball institution.

    Thanks again and please understand that we will remain vigilant in getting the forms from the clearinghouse as well as having our staff complete the appropriate paperwork. I have the authority as the elected school trustee to direct our superintendent and staff to focus their energies on this pending application. Please note that Indiana University has additionally submitted a hardship waiver on Eli’s behalf to the NCAA. I wrote a two page letter in support of this petition. Although, we understand and appreciate the rationale behind submitting the hardship waiver, we maintain that it is unnecessary since Elijah meets all NCAA eligibility guidelines as required for incoming freshmen. We want everyone to know that Elijah did not need a handout. Nonetheless, basketball season is around the corner and the basketball staff at Indiana probably felt that they could not wait any longer on our school district. This is only speculation on my part, but I can see why they would not want to wait any longer after our staff had Richmond High School had waited this long to become engaged in working through the paperwork.

    Hope this helps and I will once again provide my phone number to allow the maintainers of this site to verify the authenticity of this email.

    Best wishes. Although I am a graduate of UCLA and a loyal supporter of the Bruins. I look forward to cheering for the Hoosiers.

    Charles T. Ramsey, Esq.
    School Board Trustee
    West Contra Costa
    Unified School District.

  • Charles,

    Thanks for the additional comments. We appreciate your insight and look forward to seeing Eli in the cream and crimson.

  • Charles,

    Thanks for the additional comments. We appreciate your insight and look forward to seeing Eli in the cream and crimson.

  • Luke

    Thanks Charles, and Big A

  • Luke

    Thanks Charles, and Big A

  • NBR

    Boy…should school board members really be talking on message boards about students and their academic standing?!!?!?!? I would be pretty pissed if I was in high school and a school board member was on the internet saying NBR was did well in English, NBR’s grades should be good enough to do X, etc…

  • NBR

    Boy…should school board members really be talking on message boards about students and their academic standing?!!?!?!? I would be pretty pissed if I was in high school and a school board member was on the internet saying NBR was did well in English, NBR’s grades should be good enough to do X, etc…

  • Craig

    Charles,

    The IU basketball community appreciates your efforts, as I hope your community and Eli’s family does as well.

    Thank you for coming on and clarifying your role and position and I wish you luck.

  • Craig

    Charles,

    The IU basketball community appreciates your efforts, as I hope your community and Eli’s family does as well.

    Thank you for coming on and clarifying your role and position and I wish you luck.

  • NBR,

    He is defending Eli and letting everyone know that he did everything he was supposed to do. Why would you be pissed if someone was defending you publicly that you did well in school? He’s holding the school administration accountable which is his job as a member of the school board.

  • NBR,

    He is defending Eli and letting everyone know that he did everything he was supposed to do. Why would you be pissed if someone was defending you publicly that you did well in school? He’s holding the school administration accountable which is his job as a member of the school board.

  • McD

    Not that familiar with a hardship waiver. Could someone provide some background on that?

  • McD

    Not that familiar with a hardship waiver. Could someone provide some background on that?

  • NBR

    Big A:

    It simply is not appropriate for a school board member to publically comment on this type of thing. There is a reason that the NCAA prohibits its member schools from doing so.

    A student’s academic standing, his grades, whether his grades are high enough for NCAA qualification or whether they are low enough that a hardship requirement might be required is all confidential informaiton. In fact, federal law requires that teachers, administrators and board members keep such information confidentional. Regardless of his intentions, it is inappropriate for a school board member, who has apparently been privy to a students academic record, to publicly comment on the veracity of that record. If this stuff was supposed to be public knowledge the NCAA or Eli would have made it public.

    Now, I realize that he is trying to protect a student’s reputation. But it is a slippery slope to say that it is OK to discuss a student’s academic record as long as the board member believes its in the student’s interest– thats not the board members decision to make.

    Certainly, you would be mad if a school board member from your HS came forward and said, “Big A didnt score so well on the SAT, so I would question the value or logic of the articles he writes.” While this is an extreme example, this is why absolute and complete confidentiality is necessary.

  • NBR

    Big A:

    It simply is not appropriate for a school board member to publically comment on this type of thing. There is a reason that the NCAA prohibits its member schools from doing so.

    A student’s academic standing, his grades, whether his grades are high enough for NCAA qualification or whether they are low enough that a hardship requirement might be required is all confidential informaiton. In fact, federal law requires that teachers, administrators and board members keep such information confidentional. Regardless of his intentions, it is inappropriate for a school board member, who has apparently been privy to a students academic record, to publicly comment on the veracity of that record. If this stuff was supposed to be public knowledge the NCAA or Eli would have made it public.

    Now, I realize that he is trying to protect a student’s reputation. But it is a slippery slope to say that it is OK to discuss a student’s academic record as long as the board member believes its in the student’s interest– thats not the board members decision to make.

    Certainly, you would be mad if a school board member from your HS came forward and said, “Big A didnt score so well on the SAT, so I would question the value or logic of the articles he writes.” While this is an extreme example, this is why absolute and complete confidentiality is necessary.

  • While I agree with your point, I think Mr. Ramsey is going out of his way to defend Eli because he doesn’t want him to be looked at as an academic failure due to errors made by school administration. In other words, he is holding the school accountable.

    I don’t disagree that the information should be private, but it is not our job to police Mr. Ramsey.

    I think the community of Richmond has had far too much negative press and this is a situation where negative press is not warranted. Therefore, he and Ms. Kronenburg found it appropriate to comment. We are thrilled they chose to give us their perspective on this and appreciate their comments.

  • While I agree with your point, I think Mr. Ramsey is going out of his way to defend Eli because he doesn’t want him to be looked at as an academic failure due to errors made by school administration. In other words, he is holding the school accountable.

    I don’t disagree that the information should be private, but it is not our job to police Mr. Ramsey.

    I think the community of Richmond has had far too much negative press and this is a situation where negative press is not warranted. Therefore, he and Ms. Kronenburg found it appropriate to comment. We are thrilled they chose to give us their perspective on this and appreciate their comments.

  • Charles T. Ramsey

    Somewhat surprised that a member to this blog is alarmed that I have taken the time to notify Indiana Basketball supporters about the status of an incoming freshman. However, I do understand the sensitivity regarding one’s right to privacy. In that regard, I am sensitive to not providing detailed information. It is somewhat unfortunate that one may believe that a duly elected school board member representing over 30,000 students is prohibited from sharing his or her thoughts. I would hope that in the spirit of being fair to this community and the University that one would want to have an unbiased opinion. Now, one may say that I have privileged information and that to share that information with strangers violates rules of ethics. I take the other view that sharing clarifying and positive information about someone who will become a topic of conversation, and already has,is defending their character and coming to their defense. Now whether you feel that this website is worthy of an elected official making comments is a subject of debate. I know many elected officials, including some of my fellow board members, would ignore these sites and not post their comments, but I feel good about being open with a group of committed fans.

    The City of Richmond has a rich history filled with success. One has to look at the fact that we have had many successful people come from this town. Athletes like Willie McGee, former major league baseball player, Elijah “Pumpsie” Green, first African-American baseball player with the Boston Red Sox in 1959 and Andrew Gooden, current NBA basketball player with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Yes, Richmond, California has a high crime rate and it is not the most desirable place to live. However, it has nice areas. A few parts of the city are downtrodden and dangerous, just like any other metropolition area.

    With that said, readers of this blog should be pleased that I am taking the time to provide written comments that state the facts and not rumors. This afternoon, Richmond High School completed the additional paperwork requested from the Clearinghouse and now those documents have been scanned and will be emailed to the clearinghouse with the hard copies federal expressed this evening. It is our hope that a ruling will be made by Friday to allow complete clearance in this case. I want to remind people that a hardship waiver does not necessarily mean that it is based on deficiancies with a student’s academic record.

    One clarification I want to make is that Matt Banker is still working on the application. He has gotten a promotion and I have been told that he has the authority to rule on the application. I have no direct evidence of this, but I believe it comes from a reliable source.

    Finally, one reader made the comment that a hardship application spoke to the academic record of the student. This is one interpretation, however, the accurate fact is that this Hardship application had to do with our inability, as a school district, to timely submit confirming documents that would show the student’s course work and their test scores. We missed returnig our documents prior to the start of school at Indiana University. If we had gotten those documents prior to the start of school, this application would have been moot. So, as stated in the past, it is the fact that our internal systems failed and not the acts of the student.

    I hope this makes sense. As an attorney, I have read statutes and codes and understand the importance of maintaining privacy, however, I disagree that I have to remain silent in the face of comments that seem to imply a different story. For me to not comment when I have read at least six articles in local papers wondering what is the situation would be unfair to all concerned parties.

    This is my final comment. Our district has now complied with our legal requirements by completing the forms. So I wish the best for everyone involved in this process. I am very glad that no one gave up. In the end good things happen to good people and I will keep my fingers crossed that the application is approved before Midness Madness.

    I would also hope that you would come and visit our school district if you are ever in the San Francisco Bay Area. We are a large district that covers five cities located 15 miles north east of San Francisco. We serve over 30,000 students and we have six comprehensive high schools. You can visit our webpage at http://www.wccusd.k12.ca.us.

    Like most americans, we are law abiding and fun to be with. We are proud that we have sent a good student to represent us from our community. He spent his entire school career(k-12) with us. We are wishing him well.

    This is an exciting time. We mention Elijah at our school board meetings. It is not often that we have students who get the chance to play Big Ten basketball. I have been on this school board for 14 years and besides Andrew Gooden going to Kansas in 1999 this is the higest profile athlete we have had during my tenure on the board of trustees.

    This is a big deal and I look forward to him being at the Ribbon Cutting when we finish rebuilding our new basketball gym that will hold 1,600 students next year. He promised me that he would open the new gym along with Andrew Gooden.

    Take care.

    Charles T. Ramsey, esq,
    School Board Member
    West Contra Costa
    Unified School District

  • Charles T. Ramsey

    Somewhat surprised that a member to this blog is alarmed that I have taken the time to notify Indiana Basketball supporters about the status of an incoming freshman. However, I do understand the sensitivity regarding one’s right to privacy. In that regard, I am sensitive to not providing detailed information. It is somewhat unfortunate that one may believe that a duly elected school board member representing over 30,000 students is prohibited from sharing his or her thoughts. I would hope that in the spirit of being fair to this community and the University that one would want to have an unbiased opinion. Now, one may say that I have privileged information and that to share that information with strangers violates rules of ethics. I take the other view that sharing clarifying and positive information about someone who will become a topic of conversation, and already has,is defending their character and coming to their defense. Now whether you feel that this website is worthy of an elected official making comments is a subject of debate. I know many elected officials, including some of my fellow board members, would ignore these sites and not post their comments, but I feel good about being open with a group of committed fans.

    The City of Richmond has a rich history filled with success. One has to look at the fact that we have had many successful people come from this town. Athletes like Willie McGee, former major league baseball player, Elijah “Pumpsie” Green, first African-American baseball player with the Boston Red Sox in 1959 and Andrew Gooden, current NBA basketball player with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Yes, Richmond, California has a high crime rate and it is not the most desirable place to live. However, it has nice areas. A few parts of the city are downtrodden and dangerous, just like any other metropolition area.

    With that said, readers of this blog should be pleased that I am taking the time to provide written comments that state the facts and not rumors. This afternoon, Richmond High School completed the additional paperwork requested from the Clearinghouse and now those documents have been scanned and will be emailed to the clearinghouse with the hard copies federal expressed this evening. It is our hope that a ruling will be made by Friday to allow complete clearance in this case. I want to remind people that a hardship waiver does not necessarily mean that it is based on deficiancies with a student’s academic record.

    One clarification I want to make is that Matt Banker is still working on the application. He has gotten a promotion and I have been told that he has the authority to rule on the application. I have no direct evidence of this, but I believe it comes from a reliable source.

    Finally, one reader made the comment that a hardship application spoke to the academic record of the student. This is one interpretation, however, the accurate fact is that this Hardship application had to do with our inability, as a school district, to timely submit confirming documents that would show the student’s course work and their test scores. We missed returnig our documents prior to the start of school at Indiana University. If we had gotten those documents prior to the start of school, this application would have been moot. So, as stated in the past, it is the fact that our internal systems failed and not the acts of the student.

    I hope this makes sense. As an attorney, I have read statutes and codes and understand the importance of maintaining privacy, however, I disagree that I have to remain silent in the face of comments that seem to imply a different story. For me to not comment when I have read at least six articles in local papers wondering what is the situation would be unfair to all concerned parties.

    This is my final comment. Our district has now complied with our legal requirements by completing the forms. So I wish the best for everyone involved in this process. I am very glad that no one gave up. In the end good things happen to good people and I will keep my fingers crossed that the application is approved before Midness Madness.

    I would also hope that you would come and visit our school district if you are ever in the San Francisco Bay Area. We are a large district that covers five cities located 15 miles north east of San Francisco. We serve over 30,000 students and we have six comprehensive high schools. You can visit our webpage at http://www.wccusd.k12.ca.us.

    Like most americans, we are law abiding and fun to be with. We are proud that we have sent a good student to represent us from our community. He spent his entire school career(k-12) with us. We are wishing him well.

    This is an exciting time. We mention Elijah at our school board meetings. It is not often that we have students who get the chance to play Big Ten basketball. I have been on this school board for 14 years and besides Andrew Gooden going to Kansas in 1999 this is the higest profile athlete we have had during my tenure on the board of trustees.

    This is a big deal and I look forward to him being at the Ribbon Cutting when we finish rebuilding our new basketball gym that will hold 1,600 students next year. He promised me that he would open the new gym along with Andrew Gooden.

    Take care.

    Charles T. Ramsey, esq,
    School Board Member
    West Contra Costa
    Unified School District

  • Charles T. Ramsey

    Somewhat surprised that a member to this blog is alarmed that I have taken the time to notify Indiana Basketball supporters about the status of an incoming freshman. However, I do understand the sensitivity regarding one’s right to privacy. In that regard, I am sensitive to not providing detailed information. It is somewhat unfortunate that one may believe that a duly elected school board member representing over 30,000 students is prohibited from sharing his or her thoughts. I would hope that in the spirit of being fair to this community and the University that one would want to have an unbiased opinion. Now, one may say that I have privileged information and that to share that information with strangers violates rules of ethics. I take the other view that sharing clarifying and positive information about someone who will become a topic of conversation, and already has,is defending their character and coming to their defense. Now whether you feel that this website is worthy of an elected official making comments is a subject of debate. I know many elected officials, including some of my fellow board members, would ignore these sites and not post their comments, but I feel good about being open with a group of committed fans.

    The City of Richmond has a rich history filled with success. One has to look at the fact that we have had many successful people come from this town. Athletes like Willie McGee, former major league baseball player, Elijah “Pumpsie” Green, first African-American baseball player with the Boston Red Sox in 1959 and Andrew Gooden, current NBA basketball player with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Yes, Richmond, California has a high crime rate and it is not the most desirable place to live. However, it has nice areas. A few parts of the city are downtrodden and dangerous, just like any other metropolition area.

    With that said, readers of this blog should be pleased that I am taking the time to provide written comments that state the facts and not rumors. This afternoon, Richmond High School completed the additional paperwork requested from the Clearinghouse and now those documents have been scanned and will be emailed to the clearinghouse with the hard copies federal expressed this evening. It is our hope that a ruling will be made by Friday to allow complete clearance in this case. I want to remind people that a hardship waiver does not necessarily mean that it is based on deficiancies with a student’s academic record.

    One clarification I want to make is that Matt Banker is still working on the application. He has gotten a promotion and I have been told that he has the authority to rule on the application. I have no direct evidence of this, but I believe it comes from a reliable source.

    Finally, one reader made the comment that a hardship application spoke to the academic record of the student. This is one interpretation, however, the accurate fact is that this Hardship application had to do with our inability, as a school district, to timely submit confirming documents that would show the student’s course work and their test scores. We missed returnig our documents prior to the start of school at Indiana University. If we had gotten those documents prior to the start of school, this application would have been moot. So, as stated in the past, it is the fact that our internal systems failed and not the acts of the student.

    I hope this makes sense. As an attorney, I have read statutes and codes and understand the importance of maintaining privacy, however, I disagree that I have to remain silent in the face of comments that seem to imply a different story. For me to not comment when I have read at least six articles in local papers wondering what is the situation would be unfair to all concerned parties.

    This is my final comment. Our district has now complied with our legal requirements by completing the forms. So I wish the best for everyone involved in this process. I am very glad that no one gave up. In the end good things happen to good people and I will keep my fingers crossed that the application is approved before Midness Madness.

    I would also hope that you would come and visit our school district if you are ever in the San Francisco Bay Area. We are a large district that covers five cities located 15 miles north east of San Francisco. We serve over 30,000 students and we have six comprehensive high schools. You can visit our webpage at http://www.wccusd.k12.ca.us.

    Like most americans, we are law abiding and fun to be with. We are proud that we have sent a good student to represent us from our community. He spent his entire school career(k-12) with us. We are wishing him well.

    This is an exciting time. We mention Elijah at our school board meetings. It is not often that we have students who get the chance to play Big Ten basketball. I have been on this school board for 14 years and besides Andrew Gooden going to Kansas in 1999 this is the higest profile athlete we have had during my tenure on the board of trustees.

    This is a big deal and I look forward to him being at the Ribbon Cutting when we finish rebuilding our new basketball gym that will hold 1,600 students next year. He promised me that he would open the new gym along with Andrew Gooden.

    Take care.

    Charles T. Ramsey, esq,
    School Board Member
    West Contra Costa
    Unified School District