Ketchikan’s college board will proceed evaluating the district’s high administrator on Tuesday. She’s going through allegations that she has shortchanged Alaska Native lecturers and workers.
The board began its analysis of Superintendent Beth Lougee on Dec. 10. At that assembly, they heard public criticism that Lougee hadn’t offered Alaska Native lecturers and workers with the right sources to do their jobs.
One tribal chief pointed to a widely-circulated photo of a cultural coordinator engaged on the ground as a result of she wasn’t offered furnishings for a brand new workplace. An Alaska Native worker stated she was dismissive of subordinates, although one other district staffer, who’s white, stepped ahead to defend her.
Then board members closed the doorways for a greater than three-hour dialogue. The college board president introduced on the finish of the assembly that the board would conduct a group survey earlier than finishing Lougee’s analysis.
About two weeks later, leaders of Ketchikan’s federally-recognized tribe issued a letter saying they had “no confidence” in Lougee’s management of the college district. The letter from Ketchikan Indian Group’s Tribal Council says she’s handled Alaska Native workers and fogeys with “little regard or respect.”
Lougee has but to publicly reply to the allegations. She didn’t reply repeated requests that she reply to criticism from workers and group members.
Lougee’s contract says she’ll face a assessment twice a yr. She’s held the highest job within the college district for 2 years. She was promoted to superintendent in late 2018 after the district’s earlier chief resigned. The board and Lougee agreed to a two-year contract in February.
Lougee’s contract permits the board to fireside her for “good trigger” with out paying severance.
Lougee faced complaints that she’d mistreated staff in a earlier job as principal of a faculty in Silver Metropolis, New Mexico. She denied the allegations earlier this yr in an interview with KRBD, saying she hadn’t carried out something flawed.
A New Mexico labor relations official informed KRBD the complaints had been settled and withdrawn in 2016. Lougee left the district the next yr.
Ketchikan’s college board meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday within the Ketchikan Excessive College library. Not like most Ketchikan college board conferences, it is not going to be live-streamed on-line nor broadcast on tv. Seating is proscribed, and face masks are required. The board is scheduled to listen to public remark at the start of the assembly earlier than a closed-door session.
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