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AUSD Special Board Meeting Tonight to Evaluate Superintendent’s Performance

Updated, April 26, 8:30 a.m. – This meeting has been moved to Tuesday, April 27th, 8:30 a.m.

The Alameda Unified School District will hold a special board meeting tonight to evaluate the Superintendent’s performance. The evaluation comes the week after revelations of a lawsuit against the District for discrimination and harassment against a former employee on the basis of sexual orientation.

Action Alameda News reported on the lawsuit last week. The former employee in question alleges that the harassment began in February of 2008, and that on January 7, 2009, Finance Supervisor Lydia Lotti threatened to fire him over false allegations. AUSD School Superintendent Kirsten Vital took her seat in January, of 2009 and the employee resigned in March of the same year. AUSD General Counsel Danielle Houck confirmed for Action Alameda News last week that Ms. Lotti is still employed by the District.

Here are the details of tonight’s meeting:

Special Board Meeting
Monday, April 26, 2010
5:00 PM

Alameda Unified School District
Superintendent’s Conference Room
2200 Central Avenue
Alameda, CA 94501





D. ADJOURN TO CLOSED SESSION – Superintendent’s Conference Room
D-1. Public Employee Performance Evaluation – Pursuant to Section 54957
Title: Superintendent

E. RECONVENE TO PUBLIC SESSION / REPORT OUT – Superintendent’s Conference Room


6 comments to AUSD Special Board Meeting Tonight to Evaluate Superintendent’s Performance

  • Sharpie

    Did they move the meeting so less voters would show up and voice their displeasure with this administration? You want to know how well the Superintendent is performing, look at the number of lawsuits and disgruntled community members. Does the School Board have a clue what is happening to our schools and students?
    I think not!

  • After two one-on-one interviews with Superintendent Vital, I come away convinced that her major drawback is how out of touch she is with the local culture. She is very competent, in a bureaucratic sense, but lacks the social skills I’ve come to identify with true leadership.

    Teachers have approached me telling tales of how seriously she opposes their best aims. And I’ve identified how many advocates of Measure E are vested interests — from Mark Irons, married to a teacher — to political consultants Erwin & Muir, aka, “APlus,” who will obviously benefit from another win in the parcel tax wars.

    If the deed is in your name, of course you want to protect the mortgage. But when it comes to the best interests of the students, radical public school reform must come before another, egregious parcel tax.

    Dennis Green

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for pointing out Mark Irons’ wife is a teacher. I wish the self-righteous people who are crying “It’s for the children!!” and those who imply that anyone who would vote no for whatever reason is a selfish neanderthal, would be honest enough to admit that they are parents of students currently or soon to be enrolled at AUSD. The parcel tax is a misguided attempt to preserve the status quo for THEIR CHILDREN, not my children. They should disclose this basic fact that may be coloring their judgement and reasoning.

    And the blogs that are run by parents as news blogs should also indicate their bias.

    Unfortunately honesty and full disclosure go by the wayside when it comes to THEIR CHILDREN and 88% of the residents’ earnings. Take it for what it is, a sales pitch based on hope and little factual research. Balanced against AUSD’s track record for the last 10 years and more. Just more of the same. No focus on CORE values, no honesty, no accountability and no ability even to project the amount of money needed for its own budget beyond the fingers on one hand.

  • The vast majority of the people named on APLUS’s website live in the Edison and Otis elementary school Districts, as shown by the light blue markers on the map on this page.

  • And now I hear that AUSD’s prime mover, “APlus,” a political lobbying organization, has failed to register as required by law with the City. No wonder AUSD needs so many attorneys! I’m sure we’ll hear more about that development here on Action Alameda News, one of my favorite sources of information about the Island City…

  • “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire!” — William Butler Yeats

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