No reason given for action involving Chuck Hagstrom, head of business office for 16 years

Taft Union High School District Business Manager Chuck Hagstrom has been placed on leave

Superintendent Blanca Cavazos confirmed Wednesday that Hagstrom, business manager at TUHS for the past 16 years, is on administrative leave.

No reason for the action was immediately available.

"All I can tell you is he has been placed on leave," Cavazos said.

She said it was an action taken by the administration, not the Board of Trustees.

Hagstrom said he couldn't comment on the matter other than to confirm that he was placed on paid administrative leave.

He was apparently notified of the action on Tuesday and the TUHS Board of Trustees held a special meeting on Wednesday to approve a request from Cavazos to contract through the Kern County Superintendent of Schools office to hire Joost DeMoes as Interim Business Manager.

The KCSOS website lists DeMoes as administrator for instructional services.

The vote to approve Cavazos' request was 3-0 with Board President John Kopp and board members Rick Twisselman and Paul Linder all voting in favor.

Julie Ortlieb and Wendy Berry were absent.

The actions come just over a week after a special board meeting involving confidential matters.

Two items discussed in closed session at the Dec. 22 meeting were listed on the agenda as "public employee discipline/dismissal/release," common language for many personnel issues, and a public employee complaint.
The employee is was an information item, according to the agenda.

While no specifics were released on the employee complaint, the agenda said the board did act.

"The Board took action in closed session by unanimous vote to accept the findings of the investigation on the complaints filed on August 29, 2017 and November 7, 2017, and to authorize the Board President to issue findings letters to the complainant and respondent accordingly," according to the TUHS Board website.

Cavazos would not say if those items were related to Hagstrom being placed on leave.
"I can't speak to that. All personnel matters are confidential," she said.