School Board Faces Angry Crowd, Tables Bylaw Change
On Monday night, the School Board faced an overflow crowd of angry parents, and refused a vote on proposed bylaw changes to the Measure J generated Citizens' Oversight Committee. The boisterous crowd, mostly there to voice opposition to earlier announced teacher lay-offs, a topic not on the agenda, instead heard the Board table a controversial vote to reel in prerogatives of the Oversight Committee.
The staff had proposed limiting the power of the Oversight Committee to form subcommittees and also to the content of the Committee's annual report to the public.
Too Late For Lay-Offs
The crowd waited for almost an hour while the Board was in executive session, to hear news on the February 27th Board decision to start teacher lay-offs at the schools but the only employee action the Board took was to rearrange two executive administrator positions; temporarily eliminating the Dean's position at the High School while the school constricts during the looming Center of Community Life building project. The Board took no action on the teacher lay-off process, started on February 27th. On that date, the School Board voted to reduce teacher staffing by 6.4 "Full Time Equivalent" positions which will result in four total lay-offs and three partial lay-offs. The lay-offs are still in action and will be effective in June barring some intervention.
The proposal to limit the power of the Oversight Committee is postponed until the Board has a chance to engage the Committee on the issue at a later date, it was decided.