Per the district website, the Board is holding yet another Special Meeting with a Closed Session. The meeting is scheduled for tomorrow morning (Tuesday, July 16) from 9:30-12:00 in the TERC conference room. Per the agenda, the sole topic for the 2½ hour meeting is a Closed Session item, “Public Employment: Assistant Superintendent (Discussion).” Per the Brown Act, this is an inadequate description of the agenda item, as the item should include a description (for the public) of the Assistant Superintendent position that the Board is going to discuss filling. In addition, this is a curious agenda item, because the position of Assistant Superintendent does not currently exist in the MPCSD.
Exactly what will the Board be discussing tomorrow, and why are they holding the discussion in a Closed Session? Why are they creating a new position? Will they be appointing someone to the new position in a follow-up Special Meeting Closed Session without public input? Will the position be filled by yet another member of Ghysels’ entourage? (Oh, wait, we probably can guess the answer to that one…)
ALL of the district level administrators who led the District’s educational programs and services when Ghysels arrived have now have “left the building,” including the departures during the last 3 weeks of Director of Technology Jim Bowlby and one of Ghysels’ only supporters, Chief Learning Officer Allison Liner, who abruptly provided one week’s notice prior to jumping ship last week.
During the last school year, between July 2012 and June 2013, the Board held a total of 28 Special Meetings. Coincidently, the Board also held a total of 28 Special Meetings prior to Ghysels---but, they were held over TWO years (July 2009-June 2011). Special Meetings only require 24 hours notice to the public; thereby potentially limiting public attendance and input. Perhaps the Board thinks we should be satisfied that tomorrow’s meeting is being held in a district facility and not in a private home…