Travis School District staff asked for Playworks pact

By From page A3 | May 24, 2014

FAIRFIELD — The proposed $47, 900 contract with Playworks for recess programs came after the Travis School District contacted the Oakland-based nonprofit, school board members say.

Trustee Riitta DeAnda said parents had raised concerns about bullying and the contract, pulled May 13 by the school district staff from the board of trustees agenda, intended to address that issue.

Trustee John Dickerson said he spoke with Sue Brothers, director of curriculum for Travis, about the pact.

“She was looking in good faith for a project for the kids,” Dickerson said. “She found something she thought was a good idea.”

“She did a great job,” Dickerson said.

Brothers said the district is not moving forward with Playworks.

“We’re going to have to do something else with recess,” she said.

Dickerson said he spoke this week with Hector Salazar, senior account manager for Playworks, about the nonprofit.

“He was very professional,” Dickerson said. “The program seems very professional.”

“It may work in a lot of different school districts,” Dickerson said.

DeAnda said Travis School District trustees are interested in how consultants are used and whether Travis staff can undertake the work instead.

“It’s an issue all of us take seriously,” she said.

Two parents spoke May 13 against the Playworks contract and Dickerson before the meeting said a provision for $2,000-a-day additional consulting represented a “monstrous payday.”
Superintendent Kate Wren Gavlak had announced at the meeting that the contract, on the agenda’s consent calendar for routine items, was being pulled.
She said after the May 13 meeting that the matter was a dead issue and declined further comment.
Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

Ryan McCarthy


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