The Paso Robles school board received some shocking news at last night’s meeting. Trustee and clerk Dave Lambert resigns. He tells KPRL that the board has and continues to make decisions that he definitely did not agree with, and he did not want his name associated with those decisions. There was absolutely nothing in his resignation letter about his health.
Lambert served five years on the school board and more than 20 years as a Booster and supporter of the Bearcats. Joan Summers was selected as temporary clerk because Lambert’s resignation was effective immediately. You may remember at the previous meeting, Lambert accused superintendent Chris Williams of lying about the broadcast contract, telling people the board had approved the contract, which was not true.
For the first time since his removal as Bearcat head football coach, Rich Schimke addresses the Paso Robles school board. He told the board that superintendent Chris Williams promotes a culture of bullying, intimidation and dishonesty. Schimke also criticized superintendent Williams for the way he treated coach Larry Grant, whom he hired, then fired after coaching only one game. He says coach Grant had never been a head coach before and deserved better guidance. Schimke received a long ovation by those who attended last night’s school board meeting.
While staff at the Paso Robles school administration has increased more than 80%, the new contract for teachers is a pay cut. About fifty teachers turned out for last night’s school board meeting, to make clear their frustration with the contract the administration is offering. In recent months, several administrators on the school district staff have received pay raises.