By Brittany Hanson/Garden Grove Journal
Tuesday night’s meeting of the Garden Grove Unified School District Board of Education was a mixture of agreements and pleas for the school board.
The public comments portion of the meeting was filled by Margaret Bergen, a Garden Grove resident since 1978 and Shaya Trujillo, a former employee.
Bergen spoke to the board concerning the reduction and changes to the adult education program, an issue that has been recurrent in meetings over the last two months.
Due to the states economic crisis and the large scale cuts that education has taken, the school district has been forced to explore having previously free adult education be provided on a paid for basis.
While many of the patrons of the courses have still paid and there are waiting lists to get into the classes, there are still problems with keeping all the courses open.
The district has been looking into different methods to maintain those services to the community and has even looked at partnering with other programs to aid the issue.
However, they have maintained that first and foremost is dedication to providing education for K-12 students.
Shaya Trujillo, an employee of GGUSD for the last 16 years, used her time to ask the school board to reconsider the termination of her employment. In an emotional plea, Trujillo cited that two unspecified driving accidents had caused her to lose her certification as a bus driver for the district.
Trujillo thanked the board for allowing her to stay on in a clerical job since September and said that if they would reconsider that she would even be willing to work to pay off the money spent to keep her on staff.
“If you allow me to stay, I would be deeply indebted to you,” said Trujillo.
The initial proposals for bargaining agreements with the Garden Grove Education Association, The Garden Grove Pupil Personal Services Association and the Supervisory Unit were also presented as accepted at the meeting.
All three groups recognized that the previous year had been arduous for the organizations and the district.
“Last year was really hard,” said Tina Franks, supervisory unit president.
Some of the changes requested by the GGEA were to curtail excessive workloads, establish policies and guidelines for online education tools such as ARIES, Gradebook and Parent Portal.
They also asked for the district to consider an early retirement incentive program, in light of the current budget crisis.
“I hope there is a day where I can some to with you and ask for a raise, but know that given the current climate that is not possible,” said Chris Francis, GGEA president.
The GGPPSA asked that the district look at language concerning job sharing and part-time contract options.