first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN GABRIEL – The school district is considering whether to make the unusual move of appointing a non-voting staff member to the board, in an effort some believe will encourage open communication. Others say the move would be redundant. Having an employee representative – a teacher, an administrator or a rotation of the two – sit on the board is one of many suggestions on a 15-page list compiled by board President Colleen Doan in December. The list culls board member ideas on “Future Changes/Directions” for discussion at meetings. The district is trying to determine if it is legal to have staff sit on the board. The state education code does not allow district employees to serve on the board, but does make a distinction between voting and non-voting members. Action has already been taken on one item from the list. In December, the school board voted 3-2 to appoint two members to observe staff meetings among the superintendent’s cabinet, and between the cabinet and school principals. Board members Gary Scott and Cristina Alvarado were opposed. The latest suggestion, which has proved to be controversial as well, is designed to facilitate “the candid exchange of concerns, ideas, problems and successes,” said board member Lee Freeman. “My fundamental goal is to improve the flow of information to the board. Teachers do the most important work in this district.” But the teachers’ association opposes the idea. “We feel that no one person can represent the needs and concerns of anything beyond their grade level or subject,” said Katherine Hill, president of the San Gabriel Teachers Association. Hill said representatives polled members and found the “vast majority” opposed. patricia.ho@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4586last_img read more