LANCASTER — Thursday’s agenda for Antelope Valley Union High School District’s governing Board meeting is noteworthy not for what is on the agenda, but for what is not.
Student trustee Noah Sveiven emailed Board President Robert “Bob” Davis an agenda request to include a motion of no confidence in the presiding officer, which is Davis.
Sveiven sent the email on April 29.
That was plenty of time to meet guidelines under Board Bylaw 9322, which states, “A Board member or member of the public may request that a matter within the jurisdiction of the Board be placed on the agenda of a regular meeting. The request shall be in writing and be submitted to the Superintendent or designee with supporting documents and information, if any, at least eight school days before the scheduled meeting date.”
Sveiven followed up his email with a second email on April 30 with the wording of the proposed motion:
“Motion to (1) Vacate the Office of the President, (2) Install the Most Senior Board Member as Interim President, and (3) Subsequently Hold an Election for the Office of the President at the Next Regular Meeting.”
Davis responded in an April 30 email that Sveiven’s request had been “Received and Under Review.”
“Whether he should be presiding officer is the business of the Board itself. And I think he has demonstrated, routinely, throughout his time as presiding officer thus far, that he is unfair, that he doesn’t understand the rules, and if he does understand them he doesn’t follow them,” Sveiven said when asked why he requested the item.
Sveiven added Davis put an item on the closed session portion of the April 11 agenda that should have been discussed in open session.
The item was for the Board to consider authorization of legal services by Harris & Associates to review and analyze the employment agreements between the District and Superintendent David Vierra and General Counsel Bridget Cook.
“Davis is unwilling to abide the rules of the Board, yet he is charged with the role of leading its meetings and creating its agendas — tasks that require fairness and competence: two qualities his actions prove he doesn’t choose to use. Davis himself provides the strongest evidence for why he shouldn’t lead,” Sveiven wrote via text message when asked his response in regard to his agenda request being denied.
Davis also did not honor requests from trustee John Rush to add items to future Board agendas.
Rush requested at the March 14 meeting that the 2% ongoing pay raise and 2.5% one-time salary bonus for employees that include District administrators as well as school site principals and their executive secretaries, and security directors, be placed on the Board’s next agenda, which would have been the April 11 agenda.
Davis, Vice President Victoria Ruffin and Clerk Amanda Parrell denied the employees pay raises at the Feb. 28 meeting, The item has not returned to the agenda.
Rush has also asked that the Board revisit an illegal contract Davis, Ruffin and Parrell approved at the Jan. 24 meeting.
The contract was illegal because it would use public funds for personal websites for Davis, Ruffin and Parrell.
Davis pulled a revised agreement with D’Vacor from the Feb. 28 agenda at the start of the meeting, citing an unspecified “legal matter.”
D’Vacor’s Rose Lyles, a Ruffin associate, pulled her contract with the District on April 11, saying in an email that her company was no longer a good fit for the District.
The AV Union High School District Board will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at Littlerock High School, 10833 East Ave. R.