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WSD Parents Seeking Mediation and Retention of Kimball and Phillips

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We, the undersigned, ask that the Weilenmann School of Discovery Board of Trustees decline the resignations of Mary Kimball and Cynthia Phillips and respond to the resignations with a formal offer of mediation.


We request that by December 5, 2012 the Board of Trustees provide a written plan for mediation to retain Mary Kimball and Cynthia Phillips in their administrative positions. To assure full transparency and build confidence in the board, we request that you provide a summary of this retention and mediation effort to the parents in a public document.


In accordance with section 4.6 of the WSD bylaws, we request that the Board of Trustees immediately appoint a special committee to address the mediation needs involved in retaining Mary Kimball and Cynthia Phillips in their administrative positions. We request that the mediation committee be comprised of a professional mediator, one parent representative (non-Board member), and one WSD faculty member.


Section 4.2d of the WSD bylaws states “one of the parent positions on the Board shall be filled by a vote of parents of students at the Charter School.” To further enhance a working relationship between the Board of Trustees and parent community, we request the appointment of one new Board member who is elected by the parent community by December 21, 2012. Other than this new appointment, we request that the Board refrain from appointing any new Board members until a resolution is derived through the mediation process.


We respectfully remind the Board that future enrollment, faculty retention, and fundraising success will depend upon how you respond to the requests of the parents who have signed this petition.


We submit this petition with the full conviction that cooperation among faculty, staff, the Board of Trustees, and parent community is essential to the school’s stability and ongoing success.


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