District counsel pleased court ruled no specific cause needed to fire Carter, even though plenty of causes were specified
Mar 19, 2010 Filed in: Kossy, Phillip
Phillip Kossy, The Orange County Register Capistrano Unified's attorney, Phillip Kossy, said he was pleased with the judge's decision, "The court's ruling validates that the Board of Trustees was legally able to terminate Mr. Carter and did not need to have any specified good cause, even though it specified many good causes for it," Kossy said. Carter hung up on a reporter seeking comment Friday and did not immediately return a subsequent phone call.
Mar 19, 2010 Filed in: Perk, Steven
Superior Court Judge Steven Perk, The Orange County Register Superior Court Judge Steven Perk in Santa Ana said Friday that Carter had "no facts" to support the argument that he was wrongfully terminated under state labor laws, and no right to have been notified of performance-related issues before he was fired. "Paragraph 10 (of Carter's employment contract) does not state termination would occur only after notice of complaints or criticism of performance, and does not provide any pre-discipline rights," Perk said in a tentative ruling he made final Friday. "Plaintiff was an at-will employee."
Capistrano Dispatch editor agrees that CUSD should address essential, safety and classroom needs before pools and stadiums
Nov 09, 2007 Filed in: Volzke, Jonathan
Jonathan Volzke, The Capistrano Dispatch "Old portables, too few bathrooms, toilets that don’t work properly. Capistrano Unified, fix your plumbing before you move on to your yard. I’ve been impressed with interim Superintendent Carter Woodrow thus far and agree with his philosophy of planning the plan, then executing the plan. Well, when you look to the district for a comprehensive facilities construction and maintenance plan, it’s still being formulated. That plan needs to be in place before more dollars are spent on non-essential, non-safety, non-classroom items."
Volzke is the editor of the The Capistrano Dispatch.
Sep 01, 2007 Filed in: Bryson, Anna
Anna Bryson, Trabuco Canyon News “We are all enthusiastic about this decision. He [Woodrow Carter] is the right person to be Capistrano Unified’s interim superintendent.”
Bryson is one of the ABC reform trustees.
Board vice president says Carter made necessary changes at FSUSD, and is disappointed that he is leaving the district
Aug 19, 2007 Filed in: Griffin, Anne
Anne Griffin, TheReporter.com "Apparently, he [Carter] has accepted a position with the Capistrano Unified School District...he did a number of things in the district, as far as making changes that needed to be made. I am disappointed he is not going to be with us; we offered him a three-year contract, but apparently, he felt it wasn't a good fit."
Griffin explained that the FSUSD trustees voted in the spring to extend Carter's contract to 2010. Griffin is vice president of the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District.
Aug 19, 2007 Filed in: Falati, Gary
Gary Falati, TheReporter.com "It's definitely our loss. He [Carter] was hired as a change agent, and he made major changes in our district... He's done a great job for our district, and I'm saddened by his leaving us."
Carter started out as a superintendent for Bourbon County Schools and served as interim superintendent and state administrator for Floyd County Schools, both in Kentucky, before being hired as a deputy superintendent for the Oakland Unified School District in 2003, which at the time was facing a multi-million dollar deficit. The Fairfield-Suisun trustees voted to hire Carter in March of 2005. Falati said that the changes were necessitated by thousands of students that had fallen behind in math, English, or science. Falati is the Governing Board President of Fairfield-Suisun USD.
Aug 19, 2007 Filed in: Superintendent
Sheila Benecke, TheReporter.com "We are pleased to be announcing Carter's appointment this evening. He is a man of impressive credentials. All of the board members are looking forward to working with him."
CUSD Board President Sheila Benecke made these remarks in an official CUSD statement.