Hagstrom now on unpaid leave, DeMoes hired on 3-month contract

Taft Union High School District Business Manager Chuck Hagstrom, who has been placed on paid administrative leave since Jan. 2, is now on unpaid leave and is the subject of a layoff.

Hagstrom said he is unsure of his status at the school other than he has a hearing scheduled for the fall.
Monday night the Taft Union High School Board of Trustees voted after a closed session discussion to lay off the chief business official/business manager "for lack of work and/or lack of funds."

The Board also unanimously approved action against an unspecified employee to "adopt the Amended Statement of Charges and Notice of Recommendation for Dismissal; and Imposition of Suspension Without Pay, effective June 12, 2018, and directed the Superintendent to serve necessary documents upon the employee to proceed with the dismissal," according to the TUHS Board agenda

The employee was not named.

The vote was 4-0 with  Wendy Berry, John Kopp, Paul Linder, and Julie Ortlieb voting in favor of it.

Rick Twisselman did not attend the meeting

Hagstrom said he was being placed on unpaid leave pending a hearing in October but had received nothing else in writing form the District.

Hagstrom was placed on paid administrative leave by Superintendent Blanca Cavazos on Jan. 2 for unspecified reasons and DeMoes was hired on an interim basis the next day.

In addition, the Board voted to approve a three-month contract with interim Business Manager Joost DeMoes to continue to work on the TUHSD budget.

There is also a provision for a three-month extension.

Demoes' job title will change from interim business manager to assistant superintendent-business services.

That's only an interim role, according to an internal TUHS email.

"We are seeking to extend Joost's time with us in a part-time capacity for the next 3 months (with the possibility of 3 month extensions if necessary) so that we can get further into a new budget year without losing his expertise, Human resources Director Lori Blodorn advised TUHSD faculty and classified representatives in an email last week.  "Due to Joost's future plans, we will need to do that by contracting with him directly instead of through KCSOS as we did for the first 6 months."

DeMoes is being hired in a certificated position for pension purposes, Blodorn added, and in the future, the TUHSD chief business officer will be classified.

There are no plans for a full-time assistant superintendent position, Blodorn wrote.