By Brittany Hanson/Garden Grove Journal
After the changing of seats and shuffling of placards, Bob Harden opened the board meeting of the Garden Grove Unified School District as the new president for the year.
There were no campaign slogans, trendy T-shirts, town hall meetings or even a vilification of opponents. Just two nominations and a chorus of “Aye.”
Van Nguyen was elected as the vice president and Linda Reed was appointed to represent the district at the County Committee on School Organization.
The meeting was short, with very few agenda items, however one item did stand out.
As the result of the school board deciding at its Dec. 1 meeting to trim adult education programs as result of the budget situation, 21 instructional aides and one tool clerk are being let go. According to the state education code concerning rules and regulations for classified employees, they must be given notice 45 days in advance.
Alan Trudell, GGUSD’s public information officer, said that all of the employees have received their notice and have received counseling concerning the decision.
“They will most likely be placed elsewhere in the district,” said Superintendent Dr. Laura Schwalm.
Schwalm also said that she felt that many of these classified employees would be able to rise to meet the challenges of becoming aides in the non-adult school within the district.