Monday, August 10, 2015

Trustee Integrity: Mandatory

If we expect integrity and honesty from our students ... shouldn't we also expect integrity (and honesty) from our elected  School Board Trustees? For instance, if a Trustee reports (in print) that they possess a teaching credential ... shouldn't they actually have evidence of one? Would we accept this type of behavior from a CUSD student? Can a student turn in an assignment that is not their own? There are strict rules against plagiarism and misrepresentation (check the Handbook and the board bylaws). Integrity matters; for both our students and our elected Trustees.

Trustee Reusche has never publicly apologized for misrepresenting her professional credentials or for misleading the public (or her constituents) during the 2012 election, and in the local media thereafter.

CUSD Mission Statement:

The mission of the Calaveras Unified School District is to provide all individuals with the tools needed to become life long learners who responsibly participate in our diverse changing society.
Our district affirms that education is a partnership of parents/guardians, staff, students, and the community.
We further affirm that the purposes of education are to:
    1. Encourage personal excellence for all students and staff.
    2. Achieve high academic standards in a safe school environment.
    3. Make informed moral, ethical, and responsible decisions.


Administrative Regulations and
Supporting Exhibits

CUSD Board Bylaw
BB 9005 (a)

The Governing Board believes that its primary responsibility is to act in the best interests of every student in the district. The Board also has major commitments to parents/ guardians, all members of the community, employees, the state of California, laws pertaining to public education, and established policies of the district. To maximize Board effectiveness and public confidence in district governance, board members are expected to govern responsibly and hold themselves to the highest standards of ethical conduct.

Understand that authority rests with the Board as a whole and not with individuals
 (cf. 9200 - Members)

Board members also shall assume collective responsibility for building unity and creating 
a positive organizational culture. To operate effectively, the Board shall have a unity of purpose and:  

1. Keep the district focused on learning and achievement for all students
2. Communicate a common vision
3. Operate openly, with trust and integrity
4. Govern in a dignified and professional manner, treating everyone with civility and respect
5. Govern within Board-adopted policies and procedures

(cf. 9311 - Board Policies)
(cf. 9312 - Board Bylaws)


              CUSD School Board Trustees

Kelly Smith
District Area 2

Greg Gustafson (Contractor)
(phone calls welcome: 209-604-5800)
District Area 3

Zerrall McDaniel (Business Owner/Operator)
District Area 4

Karan Bowsher (Business Owner/Operator)
District Area 5

Sherri Reusche
District Area 1
(In the 2012 Voter's Guide Trustee Reusche stated she held a California Teaching Credential; in the Union Democrat Candidate Profile Questionnaire--leading up to the November 2012 Election--Trustee Reusche also claimed to have a California Teaching Credential.)

When asked by Calaveras Enterprise reporter Stephen Crane, Trustee Reusche stated:

           “All my course work and what is required by the state of California was completed,” Reusche said, acknowledging she does not have a credential.”

CUSD board member feels harassed
Posted: Friday, November 22, 2013 6:00 am | Updated: 10:18 am, Tue Nov 26, 2013.
By Stephen Crane


Trustee Reusche has never publicly apologized for misrepresenting her professional credentials or for misleading the public (or her constituents) during the 2012 election, and in the local media thereafter.


74% of CUSD Teachers: "No Confidence" in Superintendent Campbell's Leadership

The president of the Calaveras Unified teachers union (CUEA), Lorraine Angel, reported at the last CUSD board meeting (5/5/15) that the teachers of the district took a survey of their professional body.

Recent Survey of Calaveras 
Unified Educators Association (CUEA): 

                       for CUSD Superintendent Mark Campbell

Teachers are “not confident in the ability of the superintendent to provide effective leadership for this district.”  --Mike Taylor, Calaveras Enterprise

98% of CUEA Voted
74% voted “No”…No Confidence

17% voted “Yes”…confidence

9% abstained

by Mike Taylor
May 8, 2015

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Verification of Teaching Credentials

Because I have been asked about my teaching credential (what type and how long I have held it), I thought I would share how the public can check or find out information on any teacher that holds a valid California teaching credential. This is public knowledge and is meant to keep the educational community up to date and aware of the status of teachers and their credentials.

1. Go to  (California Commission on Teacher Credentialing) ... also known as CTC

2. Click on "Search for an Educator"

3. Click on "Public Search"

4. Enter the teacher's Last name (and First name if known)

5. If the person/teacher in question has a credential, their name will appear (in blue)

6. Click on their last name (blue) and all information pertaining to their credential will appear.

To start go to: