SCHOOL BOARD HEARS PROTEST FROM UNIONS

SCHOOL BOARD HEARS PROTEST FROM UNIONS

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education meeting was enlivened by protests from representatives of the Morongo Teachers Association. Dan Stork explains…
During the public comment opportunity at the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education meeting, Terri Weitz, the president of the Morongo Teachers Association, protested about the date set for discussion of sunshine items for this year’s collective bargaining discussions. She said that February is too late to begin the discussions that follow selection of issues. Superintendent Cecelia English said she would review the schedule this week. Weitz went on to criticize a purported “sweetheart deal” that would pay administrators a bonus for work done on preparation of certain reports. Certificated employee representative Jason Bolt added his voice to the protest. Assistant Superintendent Tom Baumgarten said that compensation for extra work done last year had been discussed, but no payments had been decided upon or made. In scheduled business, the District received a clean report from independent auditors for its financial records. The Board heard and approved another set of Single Plans for Student Achievement for four schools, and were entertained by the Twentynine Palms Junior High School Choir. In its annual reorganization, the Board selected Ron Palmer to succeed Chris Proudfoot as its president. Other assignments: Karalee Hargrove, legislative representative; Ed Will, representative to the County Committee on School District Organization; Donna Munoz, clerk of the Board.

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