PRESS RELEASE - November 18, 2022

PRESS RELEASE - November 18, 2022
Posted on 11/18/2022
Statement by Eureka City Schools Governing Board
Provided by Board President Lisa Ollivier on Behalf of the Governing Board

November 18, 2022 - On behalf of the Board, thank you to those who attended the Eureka City School’s Board Meeting last night to express your support and/or concern regarding the direction of the District.  We respect those who took the time out of their schedules to attend last night’s meeting.  We value public involvement in our District.  

We recognize the impact on our students due to the immediate resignation of the former Assistant Principal in charge of athletics (AD).  The former AD had positive relationships with many of our high school staff and students.  While a normal transition period would have been beneficial to our students and coaches, it was not an option, due to the AD’s sudden resignation.

We support Interim EHS Principal Rob Standish in his recommendation of Omar Khattab, a long-time Eureka City School’s employee and former Athletic Director, to fill the position of Assistant Principal in charge of athletics.  
To ensure our students and their needs are addressed, two of our Board members, along with Superintendent Van Vleck and EHS Assistant Principal Baugh, met with Student Board Member Smith to learn more about the high school students’ feelings with the AD’s resignation. Additionally, we actively listened to the perspective of the students who addressed the Board last night.    

Dr. Van Vleck is expanding his quarterly work with the Eureka High School Superintendent’s Student Stakeholders Group (SSSG) to include a Student Board Member led ThoughtExchange opportunity for all EHS students.  (ThoughtExchange is known for allowing students to voice their thoughts and deliver the best solutions to our most pressing challenges.)  The results of this work will help guide our direction forward.

As a Board, we have one employee, our Superintendent, Dr. Fred Van Vleck.  We are proud of the impact Fred has made over the past 10+ years, and we look forward to working with Dr. Van Vleck in the years to come.

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