In a motion set forth at Tuesday night's meeting by School Board member Laura Chardiet, the Culver City School Board voted unanimously in favor of a Board Policy on School Connected Organizations. ‘Board Policy 4400: The Use of Private Funds for Supplemental Employment’ (BP-4400) lays out rules about the way parent-led booster clubs and other outside entities can pay for employees to provide additional support services in the schools.
The move comes on the heels of the dispute between the adjunct program at El Marino Language School and the Association of Classified Employees union, which the Board also resolved at the same meeting.
The new policy, which does not apply to after-school enrichment services or other services covered in an existing job classification, is the end result of the District Administration, the Board and parent community working together to come up with policy that works for all involved.
During meetings in July, Chardiet, Assistant Superintendents Eileen Carroll and Leslie Lockhart, United Parents of Culver City (UPCC) President Steven Levin and booster club and PTA presidents and representatives from all of the Culver City Unified School District schools met to draft and clarify the three page document.
Steven Levin told the Board, “We really appreciate the work that went into this. We think that the language is a good compromise and something we can all get behind.”
The policy states that if a booster club or outside entity raises funds to pay an employee to do supplemental work, which is already covered by an existing district job classification, they must choose to pay for them by reimbursing the District for the costs. The policy further clarifies that if the work is not covered by an existing job classification, (such as after school programs, adjuncts, supplemental drama programs and artists in the classroom), no such restriction applies.
Superintendent Dave LaRose said that in looking at the new policy holistically, it creates a mechanism for how an outside entity can pay for a District employee, and is also about funding sources in the absence of a job description.
Board member Kathy Paspalis stated, “BP 4400 allows parent-funded groups at each school to direct funds where the parents, teachers and administrators, working together, identify a need – or a desired new or enhancement program – and can help meet it.”
Following the meeting, Scott Kecken, Co-President of La Ballona Education Partners told Patch, "In partnership with the administration, faculty and parents, we are exploring options to bring more enrichment and program support to the students including bringing in Spanish language adjuncts."