Gateway Board Faces Threat From Teachers

The Gateway School District Board of Trustees has drawn a legal threat from their teacher’s union. The Board fired Superintendent Jim Harrell on a 3 to 2 vote during a meeting in December, a decision that was loudly opposed by many of the parents and teachers attending the meeting. Harrell still has a year remaining on his contract, which will apparently require a six-figure buyout. Harrell has threatened legal action. The board members have not indicated any consideration of a replacement. The Shasta Lake City area district is composed of Central Valley High School along with four elementary schools and three alternative schools. The Gateway Teachers Association says it has sent a cease and desist letter to the board, saying the dismissal of public comment at last week’s meeting was unlawful, undemocratic and a blatant sign of disrespect to community members in the district. The union says the board should seek formal training on how to run a meeting, and that they engaged in whispered conversations with each other during an open meeting, which is a violation of the Brown Act.