Corbett School District Special School Board Meeting
Monday, February 24, 2014 7:00 PM
There were many comments by the audience (both from the local Corbett community and charter community) asking the board to reconsider the one year lease offer. The reason for this meeting (the only item on the agenda) was to vote on sending a letter to Bob Dunton and the Board of the Charter School in regards to the many emails Mr. Dunton had been sending out since the board voted on February 11 to deny renting space to the Charter School next year.
Audio from this meeting
Why a special board meeting to send this letter?
The emails Mr. Dunton has been sending are actually full of a lot of dirty laundry about the Corbett School District’s administration and staff. Mr. Dunton sent out one email where he gave his recollection of the day Superintendent Trani told his staff about his affair with another married staff member, as one colorful example. Other emails point to issues with how the district and charter “negotiations” actually happened and describe deals made with the Charter Director, Board Chair and Superintendent and then how those promises were broken to appease complaints by core teaching staff who also felt that they had been made promises by the Superintendent. For emails in response to the below letter, select here.
The Vote was 5-2 to send the letter
Directors Purvine and Calcagno voted against sending the letter. In the above audio of this meeting you can hear Director Purvine explain her position that this type of letter should be sent by our attorney. Director Calcagno pointed out that not all board members were (again) involved with this process and letter being drafted. Both Director Purvine and Director Calcagno were not comfortable that this letter mentions (in the 3rd paragraph) a statement regarding a separate lease agreement.
The separate “lease” will most likely need to be decided in the courts
The minutes from May 2011 list the Charter Renewal as a single resolution. That resolution was approved and included a change to the agreement to expand the charter’s current scope to help us remedy a $725,000 shortfall that was discovered in the district budget after the first year the Charter was in operation. Select here to read about this “computer glitch” that lead to the Charter’s expansion.
You can also read the May 2011 board minutes with the single resolution to renew the Charter, by selecting here to download the pdf. More information, discussion, copies of the other emails and links to recent articles and opinion in the Gresham Outlook and Oregonian can be found here: http://corbettoregon.com/forum/index.php?topic=809.0