LCC will not renew contracts for two deans
According to the board’s report, contracts for LCC Dean of Instruction Dr. Karen Grosz and LCC Associate Dean of Instruction Ross Stevenson will not be renewed. The administrators’ current contracts expire on June 30.
Trustees Rocky Deal, Doc Blevins, Tom Holybee and President Chris Click voted aye on the closed session resolution not to renew the contracts. Trustees Jay Dow, Sophia Wages and Robert Hill voted no.
Grosz, who’s served about two years at the college as the dean of instruction, declined to comment for this story.
Stevenson, a senior faculty member at LCC with about 20 years experience as a teacher, has served about a year as the associate dean of instruction, declined to comment for this story.
Despite the board’s action, Stevenson may be able to return to his teaching position.
LCC President, Dr. Homer Cissell, said it would be inappropriate for him to comment on anything that occurred in closed session.
President of the LCC Board of Trustees Chris Click also declined to comment.
“I may not comment on the closed session,” Click said. “The board reported its decision in open session after adjourning its closed session as required. I acknowledge that the decision is controversial.”
Trustee Blevins declined to comment on the board’s recent action or on the deans whose contracts will not be renewed, but he said the trustees recognize they need to move the college forward and retain its accreditation.
“We’ve been put up against the wall by the accreditation commission,” Blevins said. “We need to do something to move the college in a more positive direction. Hopefully, we will try to initiate some changes that will be better for the community and better for the students to try and break this culture of conflict at the college.”
Grosz is one of nine women who filed a class action complaint alleging “discriminatory and adverse employment acts against them by the college president” on Sept. 11, 2006.
According to the claim, “Notice has been given to the Board of Trustees regarding these acts and, by their failure to act, they (the board members) have adopted these acts as their own policies and procedures.”
The claim names Dr. Homer Cissell, president and superintendent of Lassen Community College, Rocky Deal, (former) president of the LCC Board of Trustees and trustees — Doc Blevins, Christopher Click, Jay S. Dow, Jr., Thomas E. Holybee, Dan Rickert and Sophia Wages.
In addition to Grosz, the other women who filed the complaint are Marcel Cuoso, confidential assistant, Vickie Ramsey, administrative assistant, Tina Bishop, full-time faculty, Toni Poulsen, full-time faculty, Bernadette Chavez, full-time faculty, Denise Stevenson, part-time classified manager, Sandra Beckwith, full-time faculty and Katherine Leao, former part-time faculty member.
Filing the claim is a preliminary step to filing a lawsuit.
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