14 April 2015
Charles Rittenhouse, the Cunningham District representative to the Fluvanna County School Board, requested at the April 8 School Board meeting that a staff liaison position be created, and that the liaison be permitted to sit at the table with the Board members and the student liaison.
“I thought it was the perfect time to present for a staff liaison to sit up with the Board – just like we have a student liaison, a non-voting liaison, to express their concerns,” Rittenhouse said. “The staff liaison would offer their updates and opinions,” he explained. “The staff liaison should be elected by the staff. We have a student liaison because the statements and opinions of students are important to the Fluvanna County School Board. If we want to remain transparent and fair,” Rittenhouse concluded, “we will give (the staff) the voice for which they have continually asked.”
Rittenhouse said a staff liaison would not have access to confidential information, and should be provided Board materials in advance of meetings, just as the student liaison is provided those materials.
School Board member Carol Tracy Carr of the Rivanna District disagreed. “Everything you have described I see being currently addressed in a number of different ways… where the staff has access to provide their opinions and their comments through participation in committees or through direct access to the Board whenever they choose to pick up the phone or send an email – so I don’t see a need for an additional layer,” she said.