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Aren't school districts supposed to be helping students succeed? 

Pismo Beach

A professional website coordinator can earn $80,000 a year or more. Designing and coding a custom app can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months at an average rate of $50 to $150 an hour, and is beyond the scope of a typical web coordinator’s job.

So why, when a student performed this extra $6,000 to $12,000 of free work (on top of the tens of thousands he’s already saving the district), was he accused of theft and hacking (“Morro Bay senior challenges school district over app,” April 26)?

The bulletin board in question is publicly available on the front page of the Morro Bay High School website at Anyone with Internet access can view or link to this information. If it was meant to be private, it shouldn’t be posted on a public website. If the San Luis Obispo school district doesn’t understand what a website is or how it works, perhaps they shouldn’t be exploiting child labor (under the guise of education!) to get one for free. If District Assistant Superintendent of Business and Support Services Russell Miller is concerned about the hours district staff wasted indulging their own ignorance and paranoia, I suggest they return the wages they were paid for that time—instead of threatening children via e-mail.

As a longtime Central Coast resident, I am appalled that my wife and I may soon be raising children in a school district whose administrators show such blind hostility toward the students in their care. I thought your job was to help our children succeed, not “make it very difficult.”

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