Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Board to re-vote on Cindy Estep-Tonan's job

More developments are unfolding in the case of Cindy Estep-Tonan, the longtime nurse for the Claremont Unified School District who was recently let go by the district.

According to Linda Hunt from the Superintendent's Office, who spoke with my colleague Landus Rigsby, the Board of Education will take a re-vote on Estep-Tonan's employment status on Thursday night at the Board Meeting. For more details on the whys and hows, we'll have a full story in Saturday's paper.

The School District has apparently changed the format of their Board meeting agendas after receiving some criticism from the public. During the last meeting, many people arriving at 7 p.m. wanted to speak on behalf of Estep-Tonan, but the Board had already voted earlier during closed session.

While the lack of clarity on the agenda certainly didn't help, it is standard protocol for public comment on closed session items to take place before the closed session.

Here's page one of the most recent agenda with the new format. Below that is page one of the November 19 Board meeting. It's nice to see that the School District is willing to make timely adjustments in reation to concerns brought forth by the public. Hopefully, it will help avoid any potential confusion in the future.

Those interested in commenting on Estep-Tonan at Thursday night's meeting should arrive by 6 p.m.

1 comment:

  1. It is nice to see the District is making adjustments. I hope that the Board of Education does the right thing this time and gives Ms. Estep-Tonan's case a fair look. From what I have read, it sounds like she never got to tell her side of the story in the investigation. It looks like the new Superintendent may be getting to the bottom of this very flawed investigation.