MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT PART ONE: SUPERINTENDENT’S RAISE DENIED IN VOCAL MEETING

MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT PART ONE: SUPERINTENDENT’S RAISE DENIED IN VOCAL MEETING

A near-capacity crowd stayed through the longest meeting of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education that reporter Dan Stork has ever covered. In the first of two reports on the meeting, he says that they mostly came to protest one agenda item, and they got what they came for…

A large crowd applauded teachers and classified employees singled out for recognition at the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education. Recipients are listed in this story at z1077fm.com. The crowd stayed on to hear and participate in the debate over a proposed increase in the salary of Superintendent of Schools Dr. Cecilia English. Before the public comment and debate on this issue began, Dr. English gave a presentation on the definition of and progress toward Board goals, highlighting steps that had been taken during her year on the job to achieve those goals. She also presented a summary of compensation changes for all District employees. The content of and resources used for preparation of that report was derided in the public comment that followed. The increase for her and the three assistant superintendents was a “me-too” measure to match the percentage increases won by the two employee unions in collective bargaining. Little objection was made to the raises for the assistant sup’s, and they were approved unanimously. A parade of speakers spoke against the raise for the superintendent. As articulated by Morongo Teachers Association representative Jason Bolt, objections to English’s raise centered on the precedent of adjusting a contract in the middle of its term. Among board members, Karalee Hargrove was most vocal in her opposition to the raise. Trustee Chris Proudfoot proposed tabling the issue to the next Board meeting, following the superintendent’s evaluation. Chairman Ron Palmer said that there would be insufficient time to digest the evaluation and act on the raise in the same day. Proudfoot joined Hargrove, Palmer, and Ed Will in voting against the raise. Trustee Donna Munoz voted for it.

Recognition award recipients:

School Classified Certificated
Condor ES Janet Johnson Jessica Dellinger
Oasis ES Nancy Simendich Janice Gomez
Palm Vista ES Michele Michener Angie Benitez
  Valarie Belisle  
Twentynine Palms HS Ernie Montoya Annette Faudel
Twentynine Plams JHS Laura Spear Terry Burdette
Maintenance & Operations Gary Cooper  
  Rob Cummings  
Nutritional Services Dorothy Hasty  

Leave a Reply

dialog-information.png
Z107.7 News and kcdzfm.com requests that you respect this comment section and others by keeping your comments civil and on-topic. We reserve the right to reject or remove any comments with purposely incorrect facts, threatening, abusive, obscene, or defamatory language or innuendos. We will not accept anonymous posting.
 

  

  

  

You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>