Modesto High campus supervisor’s job on the line

10/21/2013 1:09 PM

10/21/2013 6:05 PM

A campus supervisor at Modesto High School said her case will be the subject of a lengthy special meeting tonight of the Modesto City Schools Board of Education.

The closed-door meeting, scheduled to run from 5 to 10 p.m., has only one agenda item, the discipline or dismissal of an employee.

That employee, Jackie Munn, is a campus supervisor accused of harming a student in March, said Aaron Castro, president of the Modesto chapter of the California School Employees Association.

“It was during the performance of her duties,” Castro said, adding that the incident was during a disciplinary action. He stressed, and the district confirmed, that the case did not involve any suggestion of sexual or inappropriate contact.

Castro said the union believes the case is tied to a letter to the editor she wrote that appeared in The Bee on Feb. 5. In that letter, Munn wrote that district office administrators were getting large raises while campus supervisors had not had a raise since 1988.

The school district said there was no connection.

“The district believes student safety is of utmost importance. The district denies any inference that it may have or has retaliated against any of its employees,” Craig Rydquist, head of human resources for Modesto City Schools, said in an emailed response to Bee questions.

Munn’s campaign to raise money for a headstone for a Modesto High student killed while walking across Highway 99 was the subject of a Jeff Jardine column in 2011.

She also appeared in a story about a march to raise awareness of community violence after Modesto High student Marty Kent was shot and killed outside his west Modesto home in March.

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