The recent storm of controversy over the sexual abuse of former Moraga School District students made for an, at times, emotional meeting of the district's Governing Board, Tuesday.
Visceral comments punctuated the opening of the Board's first meeting since media reports revealed that past district staff members illegally failed to report instances of abuse.
In response to the District's failures, board members voted 4-0, with Board Member Dennis Kelleher absent, to establish a Board Committee for Student Safety charged with "reviewing the District's current policies, practices and training regarding child abuse and mandated reporting..." The committee is scheduled to present findings and recommendations to the Board on August 21, for potential adoption before the start of the new school year.
The committee will be made up of one board member, the superintendent, a representative from the Contra Costa County Child Abuse Prevention Council or Contra Costa County Department of Children and Family Services, a certificated and classified representative from each school, as well as a parent and administrator from each school.
Public speakers responding to the proposed committee insisted that an independent investigation be conducted into the previous failures to report the instances of abuse. An investigative element was not included in the meeting's agenda analysis of the committee's establishment. District Superintendent Bruce Burns did not directly respond to calls for an independent investigation, however, he indicated that the committee would, in fact, be asked to look back as part of its review of policies and procedures.