Mariposa County parents even more concerned after superintendent’s arrest

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After news of the superintendent of Mariposa County Unified School District was arrested this week on suspicion of DUI, many parents in the school district have voiced their concerns online.

Hopper crashed her car into a powerpole on Highway 140 east of Planada a little after 6 p.m. Sunday, according to California Highway Patrol. After being taken to the hospital, authorities found she was under the influence and charged her with DUI.

As she was being booked into the Merced County Jail, Hopper bit the arm of a correctional officer, according to the Merced County Sheriff’s Office. That added another charge: assault on a peace officer.

She has since been released on bail.

Some are saying this could be tied to the death of Hopper’s son, who died with serving in the military in Iraq in 2009. However, there are others saying there’s no excuse for her actions.

Teresa Gross is one of those parents.

“Personally, I do think Robin Hopper is a nice person. Professionally, I don’t think that she does her job properly,” Gross said.

Gross has been at odds with Mariposa County Unified the last year and a half, particularly concerned with how Hopper leads the district.

After learning the details of Hopper’s arrest, she joined parents countywide online saying this is not how a school superintendent should act.

MCUSD School Board President Wayne Forsythe released a statement Tuesday of the incident, saying the board will address Hopper’s arrest. In that same statement, he also said, “I would like to make sure that parents know the education of our students is always our number one concern and any decisions made are in the best interest of the students.”

Still, Gross worries about the implications of Hopper’s actions.

“Drinking and then getting behind the wheel of a vehicle is a big no-no,” she said. “It doesn’t matter what your title [or] what your employer is. You shouldn’t do that.”

The school board will have a special meeting Thursday at 6:30 p.m. to discuss Hopper’s arrest. Before this all happened, Hopper had already submitted her resignation as superintendent, which goes into effect in June.

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