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Governing Board Responds to Community Questions
We had a number of people at the board meeting last night speaking about the CHS Head Football Coach issue. We have, as requested, and after lengthy discussion, the following response:
The Board is always pleased when the public comes to our meetings to address issues important to all of us in the community. Sometimes reasonable people can disagree on what action the District should take in a given situation. Since the removal of Mr. Theriault from the Head Football Coaching position is a personnel matter, neither the Board nor District administration will publicly discuss the reasons. Personnel matters pertaining to all District employees are confidential by law, and we protect the dignity and rights of our staff by respecting their right to privacy.
However, there are some points we would like to share following our discussion last evening:
All decisions about hiring coaches, retaining coaches, or releasing coaches are made by the Administration. The Board has delegated that responsibility to its Administrative Team. As the legal counsel for Colusa USD has explained to us, stipended coaches are “at will” employees. There is no formal hearing process when Administration decides to release a coach. There is also no appeal process to the School Board when this happens, and we do not think it would be wise for the Board to start one.
We, the Board members, have been fully informed about the reasons for Administration’s decisions. We are satisfied that the Administrators’ conclusions and actions in this matter are not arbitrary. Their decisions were made based on a reasonable belief that the action was necessary and in the best interest of our students and this District. If, as this situation developed over the recent months, we had at any time felt that the actions were arbitrary and without a good foundation, we would have addressed that issue with the Superintendent and Site Administration. We have never reached that conclusion, and support our Administrative Team’s decisions and actions in this matter.
We clearly heard the message from the community members who spoke at the meeting last night, and we commend them for the courteous way in which their comments were delivered. We respect the community members who supported Mr. Theriault and who disagree with this decision. We also respect the fact that there are other parents and community members who agree with and support our Administrative Team’s decision in this matter.
In the end, however, the decision by our Administrative Team must be made using their best professional judgment and experience. We trust that the Administration has thoroughly and diligently adhered to our policy and values in their actions. They, with full knowledge of all of the facts surrounding this issue, made a decision that is in the best interest of the students and the CUSD community as a whole.
We are fully aware of the legal requirement that all teachers qualified by training, experience and performance to coach a particular sport, who want to coach the sport, are entitled to appointment to the coaching position ahead of any interested classified employee or any interested external candidate (the so called “Rialto Rule”). The right to priority appointment to a coaching position is not absolute. A certificated employee applying for a position does not qualify if they do not meet district administration’s standards and expectations either through lack of training, lack of experience, or demonstrated past performance.
We understand the information we have provided may not answer all questions. We hope that you will respect the fact that these decisions are always difficult. Our Administrative Team and the Board itself always first and foremost are concerned with what is best for our students. We consider this matter closed and hope we can count on your continued support as we work to move our district forward.
CUSD Board of Trustees
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PARENT ACCESS TO GRADES ONLINE
We continue to have the process that allows parents to access their child's grades and attendance online (Aeries Browser Interface). If you have not signed up and would like to use this service, please contact your student's school office for the step-by-step process. We strongly encourage all parents to take advantage of this opportunity. You can see excactly which assignments have been turned in and each part of their grade (homework, tests, quizzes, projects, etc.).
Another way to access information about your student's classes is to go to our new district website here at: http//:colusa.k12.ca.us (click on your child's school). Many teacher web pages are up and some are under construction. You can email all teachers through this portal.
New Cafeteria Computerized Payment System for School Meals
The Nutrition and Food Service Department recently evaluated many different computerized Point of Sale (POS) systems to increase the level of service and provide accurate school meal accounts. After reviewing several systems, a decision has been made to purchase the NUTRIKIDS® POS System. We are currently preparing to implement this new system in our (district\school) with a launch date of Tuesday, March 3, 2015.
The first few days of implementation may be a bit slower than normal; however, as students familiarize themselves with the system, the lines should move much more quickly.
Every student enrolled in Colusa Unified Schools has been entered into the computerized system. We strongly recommend parents/guardians deposit money into their student’s account via cash, check or by registering with our new online payment center, at www.myschoolbucks.com (the link will be available on the district website, Student Nutrition page). However, the system is quite flexible and students can still pay in cash. We will no longer be linked into or using PayPams as our cafeteria student account payment center. If you are registered with PayPams, you will notice that you no longer have the ability to login to your student’s account(s). We have transferred all student / staff accounts to MySchoolBucks. You will need to register and deposit as desired. We are very excited to inform you that you will now be able to make a deposit to all your student accounts (even if they attend different school sites within our district) in one transaction with one fee of 1.95. It was brought to my attention that parents do not use PayPams due to the high cost of $1.95 per student/ transaction. For this reason and several other upgrades and service related advantages, we have decided the challenge of changing systems could no longer be avoided.
Our Student Nutrition Department is pleased to announce the availability of applying for Free and Reduced Price Meals online! The process is SAFE, SECURE, PRIVATE, and AVAILABLE anytime, anywhere at www.HeartlandApps.com (link will be available on the district website, Student Nutrition page). If your child has qualified for free or reduced meal prices for school 2014-2015, this information is noted in the system, and the meal will be processed just as it is for all other students without any special indication to the students. If you notice any change to your students eligibility (if your child is now being asked to pay and was free or reduced prior to 3/3/15) please immediately contact Terry Weldon at 530-458-7791 (ext. 14115) or Leasa Hill 530-566-6251.
If you are concerned about a food allergy that your son/daughter has, please notify the cafeteria or school nurse with this information.
If for any reason you would like a copy of the transactions for your child’s account, we will be able to give you a print out. Again, any balance remaining on your PayPams account will automatically transfer to MySchoolBucks on Tuesday, March 3rd!
If you have questions, please feel free to call me at my office at 530-566-6251.
Thank you in advance for your patience in implementing this system.