Thursday, May 7, 2015
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

School board sets March 13 date for Crawford hearing

CrawfordW

Julie Crawford, center, is joined by former Davis High School football coach Dave Whitmire for moral support at the Feb. 20 Davis Board of Education meeting. The board has granted Crawford an appeal of the school district's decision not to renew her variable services agreement to coach boys volleyball. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise photo

By
From page A1 | February 28, 2014 |

The Davis school board, meeting in closed session on Thursday evening, formally set March 13 as the date for hearing an appeal in the dispute over Davis High School’s volleyball coach.

At the same time, the trustees issued a blunt statement urging their colleague, Nancy Peterson, and the coach, Julie Crawford, to hire a mediator and settle their differences before the appeal is heard.

“The board has set the hearing date for the Crawford appeal of the Peterson complaint for March 13 in accordance with district policy on formal complaint/appeals,” board president Gina Daleiden said, reading from a prepared statement in open session.

“However, the board strongly and unanimously urges the parties to enter mediation to settle this conflict,” Daleiden read. “We want to state in the clearest terms that we want our district removed as the battlefield.

“The Davis Joint Unified School District needs our resources, our focus and our energy to move forward with educating our students. The board encourages the parties seek professional mediation on this matter so that there can be some healing in this painful process and so that the district can get back to the business of serving our kids.”

Daleiden made it clear that this “strong” recommendation reflected the views of trustees Sheila Allen, Susan Lovenburg, Tim Taylor and herself. (Peterson did not participate in the closed-session discussion, having recused herself.)

The disagreement is between Crawford and the Peterson family — Nancy, husband Rob and their teenage daughter, who played for Crawford at DHS for three years. Trustee Nancy Peterson voted against hiring Crawford as a coach twice  in the past, Crawford later cut the Petersons’ daughter from the team, the Petersons filed a formal complaint with the school district alleging that their daughter had been singled out for retribution and Crawford was not offered a contract (as a variable services agreement) for the current season.

The announcement that Crawford would not be coming back as coach — made only days before the season was to begin — sparked immediate reaction in the community, as well as considerable public comment at several school board meetings.

Crawford is appealing the Peterson family’s complaint. The appeal — if it is not settled before March 13 — will be heard in closed session, since it is a personnel matter.

Crawford remains employed as a physical education teacher at Davis High School. Her job is not at issue, only her coaching assignment.

In addition to the brouhaha over the Petersons’ daughter being dropped from the volleyball team and Crawford not being renewed as volleyball coach, the school district also came in for criticism for hiring an attorney to investigate the complaint and prepare a report, at a cost of about $22,000.

The school board also came in for criticism during public comment at recent meetings over the way other coaching situations have been handled at the high school. Several coaches have been dismissed or not renewed in recent years.

— Reach Jeff Hudson at [email protected] or 530-747-8055.

Comments

comments

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

     
    New chemistry building in the works at UCD

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A1

    County supervisors receive positive report on Laura’s Law

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1

     
    Fix it yourself, with a little help, at Bike Forth

    By Bob Schultz | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    California regulators approve unprecedented water cutbacks

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Bob Dunning: Squeezed by the math on conservation

    By Bob Dunning | From Page: A2

    Big Day of Giving surpasses $5 million goal

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

     
    Heidrick Ag History Center rebranded as California Agriculture Museum

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

     
    May 11 talk focuses on clean water

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    ‘From Age-ing to Sage-ing’ guides library group

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Crossing lines, on ‘Davisville’

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    ’12 Angry Men’ will screen Friday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Kids get a peek at the great outdoors

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

     
    BeerFest expands to include cider

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Pet Food Express organizes Save a Kitten fundraiser

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    Origami lovers will meet at library

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6

    Breast cancer treatment update offered

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6

     
    Earth-centered author comes to Avid Reader

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6

    MIND Institute lecture will focus on prenatal exposure to insecticide

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

     
    Round up at the registers for Davis schools

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6Comments are off for this post

     
    Retirees to hear about Woodland’s shade tree campaign

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6

    Health care documentary will screen at meeting

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

     
    Pence Gallery: We’re overflowing with gratitude

    By Natalie Nelson | From Page: A9 | Gallery

    Who is Ralph Hexter? Chancellor’s No. 2 fills us in

    By Tanya Perez | From Page: A10 | Gallery

     
    .

    Forum

    New book flows with good news about water

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B4 | Gallery

     
    Injection wells endanger our aquifers

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B4

    Living with this for 30 years

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    .

    Sports

    Aggies go flat in 7-1 Sacramento State win at Raley

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Devils crush Edison to earn McClatchy rematch

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Blue Devils grind out a victory over Oak Ridge

    By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Davis boys dominate first playoff match

    By Spencer Ault | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Alliance/Legacy roundup: Local squads fare well over the weekend

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3 | Gallery

     
    AYSO roundup: Davis teams capture Fog Classic crowns

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3 | Gallery

    Pro baseball roundup: Giants blank Pads, win fifth straight

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B10

     
    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    High school artists exhibited at Pence Gallery

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

     
    See Christian Quintin’s paintings at Hattie Weber Museum

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

    Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble returns

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A7 | Gallery

     
    Sac Ballet presents Modern Masters on May 8-9

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A7

     
    Davis Youth Flute Choir tunes up for China tour

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

    .

    Business

    .

    Obituaries

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Wednesday, May 6, 2015

    By Creator | From Page: B5