An official complaint of harassment against TUSD board member Rachael Sedgwick has been filed by Mary Alice Wallace, the Director of the Governing Board Office.
There are only three TUSD employees that report directly to the Governing Board, and Wallace is one of them, filing her complaint with another of three, Todd Jaeger.
Jaegar leaves at the end of next month to become the superintendent of Amphi school district.
Wallace has 5 bosses, all the members of the Governing Board, and thus it alarmed many people that she was donating hundreds of dollars in last year’s school district race to Kristel Foster. Cam Juarez lost his seat and thus the majority of the board shifted with Kristel now in the minority and with Wallace betting on the losing team.
It is our opinion that Wallace should have stayed out of politics and betting against your bosses with your own personal money. It was a gamble for sure; if Cam would have won re-election then Wallace would have gambled strategically. Since this was not the case, with Mary Alice Wallace betting against her current bosses, along with other allegations of her working against the previous minority board members before the new majority was seated… well it appears that Wallace took a gamble and lost.
She’s lucky to still be around since she works for the new board. Former superintendent HT Sanchez is gone, Jaeger is about to be gone, and it’s a miracle that Wallace is still around. She is the only one that will remain after June 30th… or will she?
Despite the past, this does not mean Wallace should be harassed or bullied in any way. If that is the case, then the new board majority become like the “mean girls” we still have to watch in disgust at every board meeting with their petty tactics and whining. It takes a lot of courage to speak out against your superiors if you are being mistreated. Sanchez complained but ended up resigning in disgrace.
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Many qualified people have left TUSD in the past few years because of harassment. Remember the MAS issue and the teachers that are no longer with TUSD or the many whistleblowers who were fired?
Well, now Wallace is fighting back, filing an official complaint with TUSD’s attorney that she is indeed being harassed by TUSD board member Rachael Sedgwick. We post that complaint here for the reader to decide on their own.
DATE: May 15, 2017
TO: Todd Jaeger, General Counsel
FROM: Mary Alice Wallace, Director of Staff Services to the Governing Board
SUBJECT: Complaint of Harassment by a Board Member
For the record I wish to register a complaint of harassment by Board Member Rachael Sedgwick. From the beginning of her term on the Board, she has made unfounded accusations, threats, attempts to intimidate, and created a hostile work environment for me. I believe she intended to have me terminated from the time she was elected since her behavior toward me has been demeaning, accusatory and an attack on my performance although I have attempted to establish a professional relationship. I don’t believe I have done anything to engender such behavior toward me. I have had exemplary evaluations every year I have been the Director of Staff Services, done by many different Board members.
I regret having to file such a complaint, but her behavior has caused stress for me and Board Staff since there is uncertainty of how Ms. Sedgwick will behave at any time.
Documentation can be provided to substantiate this claim.
Please acknowledge that this complaint has been received.
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