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Unfortunately, I'm writing with alarming news: In the last 24 hours, I was notified of a special meeting to take place tomorrow, Tuesday, April 21st, at 5:00 PM via Teleconference Call.

Only one item is scheduled for this special meeting and it’s in closed session: Public Employee Discipline, Dismissal, Release

Meeting Agenda

While the Brown Act Prevents me from sharing more than what is posted about this meeting in closed session, I can share that you may give public comment before this meeting takes place and I highly suggest that you do.

You should share all of your concerns about the board that you have had since the current leadership has come into place.

While I have tried to remain positive and oriented toward student results (here is a summary of relevant SUSD student data from the past two years), you probably know that I have been very disappointed with the current leadership and a series of questionable decisions some of my colleagues have made. In the past three months, a small majority of the board (4 people) have voted to:

  • Authorized the payment of hundreds of thousands of dollars from the general fund to an attorney, in a 'special meeting' without the required transparency measures - when they already had an active contract with an attorney.
  • Decline to formally close SUSD schools despite clear public health directives. After direct advocacy from the community, my colleagues reversed this decision and approved a practically identical resolution with a 7-0 vote.
  • Now, it seems that some of my colleagues may be preparing to make a rash or questionable decision.
As the former President of the School Board, I know that this is not normal. This is indicative of a board that has lost its vision and needs to regain its focus. That's why I'm joining with Trustees Candelaria Vargas and Trustee AngelAnn Flores in calling for immediate change to our board leadership to cut out this nonsense and get us back on track in serving students, families, and our staff. This has not yet been added to the agenda, and so if you agree with me I hope you will communicate that to our board leadership.

Here is the information to join the meeting on Tuesday:

Meeting phone number: 1-562-247-8321
Access code: 265-452-172
When prompted for a PIN, just press the # key

Members of the public can submit Public Comments by sending an email to boardmeeting@stocktonusd.net. It must include that you are giving comment on closed session item 2.1 Public Employee Discipline, Dismissal, Release.

FAQ: What is a school board and what are their responsibilities?

A school board is a local group of elected individuals that works with its community to improve its public schools. Our school board’s primary responsibilities are to ensure students get the best education possible; hire and evaluate the superintendent; and develop and adopt policy, curriculum, and the budget.

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