An Orland School District 135 administrator and an instructor tendered resignations during an emotional meeting Monday night.
Board trustees voted to accept the resignations of Special Education Director Ellen Belotti and Park School early childhood instructor Theresa Kettwig, after a lengthy closed session discussion. Board member Lynne Donegan left prior to the closed session meeting, and member Joe LaMargo left during the closed session discussion, saying he disagreed with the direction the talks had headed.
Members Ann Gentile and Tina Zekich did not vote in favor of accepting Kettwig's resignation, though members Mary Bragg, Tom Cunningham and board president John Carmody voted in favor. All five voted in favor of accepting Belotti's resignation.
The votes came after three parents expressed serious frustration, some doing so through tears, while recounting a situation where they were told the Department of Child and Family Services were investigating an incident in a Park School early childhood class for special needs students back in October. The parents' main frustration was not being told about the incident until mid February, nearly three months after the incident happened.
No specifics were given on why the parents were called.
A statement is expected from the district later in the week.
Return to Patch later for updates on the meeting.
Personnel will be up for discussion and voting during Monday night’s Orland School District 135 Board of Education meeting.
An unnamed administrative staff member is scheduled to resign, and a “Notice of Honorable Dismissal to Educational Support Staff” is also listed on the meeting’s agenda for a board vote.
No specifics were given about which specific staff members are included in these motions.
D135 Human Resources Director Julie Oberwise is also scheduled to give a staffing report for the 2013-2014 school year.
During the Committee of the Whole meeting, trustees will be discussing Common Core State Standards for science, math and English/liberal arts. An update on the Digits Math Pilot will also take place during that meeting.
Look at the attached meeting agendas for what else will be discussed.
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