Saturday, August 13, 2011

What's Going On In Sacramento Area School Districts

Sac City Unified:
With summer break ending in three weeks for the Sacramento City Unified School District, a squabble over the school calendar has teachers unclear about when they are supposed to return to campus.

Sacramento City Unified students are scheduled to begin classes Sept. 6, but there is a conflict over the start date for staff. A still-tentative calendar calls for teachers to return for faculty workdays on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, which is two days earlier than in previous years.

San Juan Unified:
The San Juan Unified School District is investigating how a sleeping 7-year-old student came to be left on a bus after a field trip Wednesday to the Folsom Aquatic Center.

District spokesman Trent Allen said two staff members of San Juan's parent-paid Discovery Club program have been placed on paid leave, while a temporary substitute has not been called back following the incident.

Twin Rivers Unified:
Nearly three months after collapsing at a school board meeting, Twin Rivers Unified trustee Alecia Eugene-Chasten has not returned to district duties and has asked district officials not to contact her, instead referring them to her spokeswoman.

Eugene-Chasten's absence from the past five board meetings has community members expressing concern about her health. In a brief interview with The Bee on Friday, Eugene-Chasten said she plans to return in October and will release a statement about her absence then.

Twin Rivers officials have declined to comment...

At an Aug. 9 school board meeting, trustees unanimously voted to continue to pay Eugene-Chasten her $750 monthly stipend despite the missed meetings, citing "a doctor's verification of a medical leave of absence from Board duties." It is common practice among school boards to pay trustees for meetings missed due to illnesses.


W.R. Chandler said...

She has a spokeswoman???

Darren said...

I, too, thought that odd.