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Alview-Dairyland Union School District is a K-8 district of approximately 360 students. We are located in the rural area of Chowchilla in Madera County.

If you are not familiar with our district, perhaps knowing that the Chowchilla School Bus kidnapping occurred at our school will provide you with a reminder as to what school district we are.

On Sept. 19, PERB (Public Employment Relations Board) issued a complaint against the Alview-Dairyland Union School District. The complaint was filed by the Alview-Dairyland Teachers’ Association against the Alview-Dairyland Union School District in June, 2012.

It is a public document. Although the complaint is filed against the district the person responsible for allegedly violating the employees’ rights is the superintendent, Lori Flanagan.

The complaint allows the Alview-Dairyland Teachers’ Association to prove their allegations at trial in front of a PERB judge.

Before trial PERB scheduled a mediation for Nov. 5 at its Sacramento office, which was attended by Lori Flanagan, ADUSD superintendent, and two of her attorneys; Jacob Rukeyser, CTA attorney; Caryn Coss of the CTA; Christine Cook, teacher and bargaining chairperson for ADUSD Teachers’ Association; and Jennifer Paine, teacher and president for ADUSD Teachers’ Association.

This is standard PERB procedure, and occurs in every PERB case.

After more than 8 hours of mediation on Nov. 5, we are still in mediation. As of yet a settlement has not occurred nor has a trial date been set.

I realize we are a small district but that should not affect the importance of this issue.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Christine Cook,
ADUSD teacher and bargaining chairperson


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