August 14, Address to the Board
Ladies & Gentlemen of the Governing Board, I stand before you with a clear message from classified unit.
We were very disappointed that the Governing Board did not hear our voice when we asked for the removal of the amendment to the president’s contract last month. We did not argue the merits of the contract, per se, just simply asked for more time for people to discuss and ask questions. Fact, classified staff has been asked to wait for “retro” pay on many occasions. Perhaps, even more hurtful than not giving us time to ask questions, was the fact that there was no discussion during the meeting denying the public to hear the Governing Board’s thought process on the decision. Great school board members communicate their actions to the community. Through public discourse and written reports, great school board members keep the public informed of the district’s progress and challenges. The lack of information and lack of transparency is alarming, not just on the President’s new contract amendments, but also in the lack of information given recently in regards to the change orders in the LRC building or even the changes in procedures when appointing interim staff. Great school board members adopt a fiscally sound district budget – we yet have to see the college’s fiscal recovery plan, yet because of the lack of information to the public, it seems that the board has voted to increase the CEO’s salary and approved very expensive change orders for a presidential suite larger than most people’s homes… all while cutting classes and asking classified staff to do more with less. Did you know that this summer we have been operating with one HVAC employee currently working on the whole campus and even with today’s hires 5 vacant positions on the custodial team?
Despite our disappointment, we have hope that you, the board complies with PFF’s request to fully commit to all aspects of the Brown Act and to comply with the cure that PFF seeks. Furthermore, CCE stands in unity with PFF’s efforts for transparency and to be advocates for a truly better together District for our students and community.