Lagunitas stays course on Bourgea

05/01/2014

The Lagunitas School District board of trustees voted 4-1 in closed session on Thursday not to rescind the resignation of middle school teacher Yosha Bourgea. Trustee Richard Sloan, who also cast the sole vote against the recent closure of the Waldorf program, was the only dissenter. Mr. Bourgea, who started teaching in the district last fall, resigned this spring after the administration said the board might not renew his contract. But he recently asked the board to rescind his resignation after receiving an outpouring of support from parents, a number of whom also spoke at Thursday’s meeting. “I know you can’t divulge certain information…[but] if this keeps happening…I just see the school kind of imploding,” parent Ashley Fullerton said in reference to a similar incident involving another praised teacher, Bill Kobabe, whose contract was not renewed a few years ago. “I’m really sad because Yosha is an incredible teacher. To have a great male teacher in middle school is really important.” Middle school parent and Waldorf teacher Margo Kindermann told the board she started working at Lagunitas after Mr. Kobabe’s contract was not renewed; she described how difficult the loss was for the community. She said her son had cried when he learned Mr. Bourgea was leaving, and asked the board to consider ways to allow for more community input on probationary teachers; trustee Denise Santa Cruz Bohman said the board would discuss the issue of such involvement in the near future.