March 1, 2012
Dr. Carmella S. Franco
Alisal Union Elementary School District
1205 East Market Street
Salinas, CA 93905
Dear Dr. Franco:
On behalf of the State Board of Education (SBE), we wish to thank you for your service as State Trustee of the Alisal Union Elementary School District (ESD). You have done an exemplary job and your commitment to the students, parents, and community of Alisal is greatly appreciated.
As you know, at the September and November 2011 SBE meetings, the members of the SBE approved your recommendation to move towards the Exit Plan and return full local governing authority to the local governing board on or before June 30, 2012.
As you proposed, and we agreed in our follow-up discussions, your last day of service will be May 25, 2012. This will allow time for the Alisal governing board to take action on two remaining critical components of the exit plan - the adoption of the mathematics instructional materials and the planned reinstitution of the migrant education program from the Monterey County Office of Education (COE) to the district. It is our expectation that the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the district and Monterey COE regarding migrant education will be executed and in place before your last day of service.
Consistent with our mutual agreement, please consider this letter notice pursuant to Section 10 of the MOU, effective March 26, 2012, of termination of the MOU between you, as Trustee of the Alisal Union ESD, and the State Board of Education. With the termination of this MOU, full authority for the governance of the Alisal Union ESD will return to the local governing board beginning on May 26, 2012.
Upon termination of this MOU, the Alisal Union ESD will be responsible for calculating your final paycheck based on your monthly compensation and expense allotment, as specified in the MOU, through May 25, 2012. As is required by Labor Code section 227.3, your final paycheck will also include payment for any annual leave days earned through May 25, 2012 that you have accrued but not yet used.
Again, on behalf of the State Board of Education, we thank you for all that you have accomplished in your two years of service.
Michael W. Kirst (signed)
Susan K. Burr (signed)
cc: Patricia L. de Cos, Deputy Executive Director
Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Members, State Board of Education
Nancy Kotowski, Monterey County Superintendent of Schools
José Castaňeda, Board President, AUESD
John Ramirez, Superintendent, AUESD
Linda Gonzalez, Lead of District Intervention and Improvement Team, AUESD