Be aware! Fake ballot boxes are popping up in California to stop the vote. Check the locations on line and/or check your voting packets. Here is the story about what is happening. We have placed where to look for SJ County in the comments! These pop up ballot boxes are prohibited let our County Registrar know if you see one as spotted in Southern California. https://www.latimes.com/…/california-gop-republicans…
Who are Families for a Better School Board and what is their goal?
Families for a Better School Board is a coalition of families, community leaders, and educators who are coming together to make sure that the Stockton Unified School District Board is made up of thoughtful and dedicated trustees who put educational outcomes, health, and safety for students first in their decision making.
What happens when a board member resigns?
When a vacancy occurs from six months to 130 days before a regularly scheduled Board election at which the position is not scheduled to be filled, a special election to fill the position shall be consolidated with the regular election. The person so elected shall take office at the first regularly scheduled Board meeting following the certification of the election and shall serve only until the end of the term of the position which he/she was elected to fill. (Education Code 5093)
Why do we believe that these board members are responsible for the Superintendent’s resignation?
On February 24 board members hired outside legal counsel, separate from the District legal team, at a great cost to the District.
On March 10, the board members began meeting in closed sessions to ‘evaluate’ the Superintendent despite giving him a positive review and a raise just months before to reward progress in schools. The Board also reaffirmed its approval of a contract for hundreds of thousands more dollars to keep their extra law firm in place to help them perpetuate their political agenda while the District faces a multi-million-dollar budget shortfall coming out of the pandemic.
On March 26, they created confusion among parents when they chose not to give emergency authority to the Superintendent and voted against a resolution communicating that schools would remain closed, even though it was mandated by the State. They chose to put their secondary issues ahead of sending a clear message to students and families about what to expect from the School District at a critical time.
Later, on April 21, during a time where their energy and focus should have been on the health and safety of our children, they maneuvered behind closed doors to force the resignation of the Superintendent and called an emergency meeting, in violation of the Brown Act, to formally accept it. At this meeting, which was held via tele-conference, over 100 public comments were submitted in support of the Superintendent but few were read. Over 1400 citizens signed a petition disavowing the Board’s habit of cycling through Superintendents at a cost to our children… but these pleas were ignored.
On April 28, shortly after this decision, they attempted to hire a former superintendent who left SUSD under a cloud of scandal as a consultant to them.
On June 9, an expensive one-year contract was approved for a new interim Superintendent, which will be paid at the same time as the board continues to pay the former Superintendent’s salary through June of 2021.