Members of the Plumas Charter School board and administration were understandably surprised in December when they received a Notice to Remedy outlining “issues of concern” from Glenn Harris, superintendent of the Plumas County Office of Education and Plumas Unified School District. They were surprised because Harris is technically a member of their board.
As such, didn’t Harris have an obligation to say something, rather than spring a notice on the school? Yes, say attorneys we have spoken to. Harris has a “major conflict of loyalty” said one. According to PCS’s charter, the superintendent or his designee must serve on the board. Because of the inherent conflict, most districts designate a lower-level administrator to serve on the charter school boards they oversee, explained an attorney who specializes in charter schools.