16 January 2023 Board Workshop Governing Board Meeting Agenda (0800-1230)
Each Board Member and Superintendent attended as well as two community members. Two other community members arrived later, making for 4 total, only 1 stayed the entire time.
This public notice for this event was sent via email on Friday, 13 January. This was over a 3-day holiday
weekend. Apparently Superintendent Mueller decided not to record the event for public review.
It was unclear what the intent of the meeting was other than to “Discuss the Process of Following Governance Protocols” and Long Range Plan Discussion”.
During Public comments, a community member asked the Board what type of Board meeting
this represented since community member was only familiar with Regular and Special school board
meeting. Also asked why the event was not being recorded. President Cavanaugh was going
to respond however Superintendent Mueller told President “You don’t need to respond” and President
Cavanaugh deferred to the Superintendent’s suggestion. Community member requested Ms. Kami M add the public comment to the public record and she agreed.
25-minute discussion about the CUSD Board Mission Statement. No clear resolution about any changes
to the language. Following the discussion about the mission, there were a small number of items
discussed with no clear resolution. WA wanted Trusteees to be kind to one another, going as far as
asking for a signed pledge.
More importantly were the dynamics between the Trustees and the Superintendent. My impression was
this event was created by Mueller for Mueller. As usual, he would say the document was the Trustees
and then he inserted himself into the conversation when he felt he had a different opinion. Overall, I thought the Board was attempting to work best together, but would have much better served
if Mueller was not in attendance.
Mal’s only statement was a question about tortilla gate being designated as an emergency meeting. Karl said yes. There was a brief discussion if it qualified as an emergency under the board’s definition ( it didn’t) Karl mumbled something about the necessity of getting information out immediately as qualifying A few minutes later he interrupted a new discussion and made a correction. “I apologize. It was a special meeting since we gave 24 hour notice so it didn’t have to meet the requirements of an emergency meeting.”
Later, it was discovered this meeting was on the books for 4 weeks, but the time and date was not. It was released 23-24 hours prior with the Trustees being just as surprised.