THE END OF A ERA, AND BEGINNING OF A BETTER ONE….by Lyn Olsen on Mar. 16, 2013, under Education
As the saying goes, it all began….when I felt as though I had been raped again.
I had gone to a Pima College board meeting about a year ago when the turmoil over Flores inappropriate behavior with employees surfaced, a story long told by hundreds of Pima employees to me over his many years, one that I intimately shared with them because I, like them, had been subjected to it.
But it was while I sat there listening at that meeting that I felt as if I was being raped again as I listened to Scott Stewart on the board dismiss and denigrate in a seemingly ridiculing fashion the serious complaints and pain of good employees, many who had left and few who had remained.
But now a real document exists and real action has been proposed that testifies to the pain, and as HLC described it, scarring (a term I wholeheartedly concur with) that many good, dedicated employees have suffered for these many years aggravated by their undying hope that they could overcome what was wrong with the system and persist in making the lives of their students better.
Regardless of this outcome, I remain grievously sorry because I know too well the many great employees, but also students, who have suffered from what transpired over the years at the college, and the many great friends and coworkers I miss when they left because of it all. But this is the legacy Flores and the board now must wrestle with, and most hopefully will see the sense in passing it on now to those who will show their responsible actions that they care about their community, their employees, and their students.