The Paso Robles school board is scheduled to meet this evening at the district office.
The meeting begins with a closed session at 5:30. The last meeting was canceled three days beforehand by superintendent Chris Williams. That meeting was expected to include an evaluation of the superintendent’s job performance by the school board. That evaluation is expected tonight.
Meanwhile, the district is reeling from a teacher survey of morale and discipline in the district. Among the troubling comments, the teacher’s perception of the board. Teachers making comments like “I believe that the majority are drinking the kool-aid…. That ‘all is fine’ without really knowing.” Another wrote, “the school board is full of Chris Williams minions who don’t stand up to him.”
Several wrote about their fear of retaliation and being a target. One wrote, “I feel I will be punished if I reach out to board members. I also have no confidence in the board member who oversees our site.” Several also wrote that “Chris Baush is supportive and available”… One wrote, “Only Mr. Bausch seems to understand, care and communicate.” One teacher wrote, “I am concerned about speaking to the school board and how that might affect my job.”
Tonight, the school board may also hear from parents and teachers angry about superintendent Chris Williams new policy of raising the thermostat in the classrooms to 77 to cut energy costs. A former school administrator says that won’t save any money. He says, “The problem with the budget is superintendent Chris Williams hiring numerous administrators from the San Joaquin valley.” The number of administrators at the district has nearly doubled since Williams took over as superintendent.
The Paso Robles school board meeting is tonight at the district office on Niblick road. The closed session begins at 5:30.