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11/1/2013 6:00:00 AM
'Vote of No Confidence' against college vice president
Palo Verde Community College (PVC) District Classified School Employees Association (CSEA) took a “Vote of No Confidence” Oct. 8 against Interim Vice President of Student Services and Instruction Sharon “Sheri” Jones, which the CSEA reported the same night during the regular Board of Trustees meeting.
Palo Verde Community College (PVC) District Classified School Employees Association (CSEA) took a “Vote of No Confidence” Oct. 8 against Interim Vice President of Student Services and Instruction Sharon “Sheri” Jones, which the CSEA reported the same night during the regular Board of Trustees meeting.

Jaclyn Randall
Associate Editor

BLYTHE - Palo Verde Community College (PVC) District Classified School Employees Association (CSEA) took a "Vote of No Confidence" Oct. 8 against Interim Vice President of Student Services and Instruction Sharon "Sheri" Jones, which the CSEA reported the same night during the regular Board of Trustees meeting.

In the statement that CSEA Chapter 180 President Rich Soto read to the board, the association said the group lacks confidence that Jones will treat them "fairly, with professionalism, respect and honesty" that they deserve. CSEA also said problems have existed since the first day Jones became administrator and have gotten worse over the past six months.

Jones has been in the interim job since Oct. 15, 2012. Prior to that academic school year, Jones spent four years in a PVC classroom as a psychology and alcohol and drug studies instructor.

Soto also read from the statement that CSEA is working in a hostile environment and under the fear that members could lose their jobs or face retaliation.

"We have witnessed the emotional turmoil and distress of our co-workers currently under threat of losing their jobs through termination or forced resignation," read Soto.

CSEA alleges two employees, Rorie Nelson and Suzy Woods, have experienced such treatment, and included that "multiple classified employees" are considering leaving their jobs at the college.

"The morale within the classified staff has declined to an all-time low where the majority dread coming to work," read Soto.

The statement says CSEA members "attempted to share their concerns through employee leaders and union representatives" with President Dr. CEO Don Wallace without any action taken.

The "Statement from the Support Staff of Palo Verde Community College District" read at the Oct. 8 meeting was the first time since the Jan. 22, 2013 regular Board of Trustees meeting that the board heard publicly from CSEA Chapter 180. At that meeting, CSEA Labor Relations Representative Dale Wissman told the Board of Trustees that the current administration was doing a "wonderful job". Jones was part of that administration; Wallace began at the college in July.

In an email, Wallace responded to CSEA's allegations, saying, "We have twice asked CSEA to provide more information regarding the assertions contained in the vote of no confidence."

Wallace says the CSEA has not responded to requests made on Oct. 15 and 25 by administration for more information.

According to Wallace, no CSEA employees report directly to Jones and the vote taken by CSEA has not affected Jones' interim vice president position.

The college currently is searching for a permanent vice president.

The CSEA employees voted 26-0 in favor of "no confidence" against Jones. Twenty-six out of the 35 current CSEA Chapter 180 members were at the union meeting and placed a vote.

The next Palo Verde Community College Board of Trustees meeting is Nov. 12 at 5 p.m. in the college assembly room, CL101, One College Dr. in Blythe.




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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Article comment by: Say What!

go figure!

Posted: Sunday, December 15, 2013
Article comment by: resigned the new contract

New contract with a raise.
Last night at the board meeting. Class is PVC


Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Article comment by: Fight the Fight

Too many years of nobody watching the store. The 32 million dollar piggy bank is starting to run dry and we have no way to start paying it back. This horse has left the stable. There is no money to hire the right people.

Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Article comment by: Bob Weete

We have all the "stuff" going on at the hospital, we have more "stuff" happening at the city council and police departments. Now, it would appear that some additional "stuff" is going on at the college. All "hush-hush" of course. It would seem that this community-ALL of us-must get to work on looking into what is happening in these areas, and the Unified School District, while we are at it. The problem is that in every "issue" there are two sides, and this town better put its collective heads and hearts together and clean some houses. And we must do this by paying more attention to each and every area. Quite a job. It all sounds to me like it is centering largely around power and greed. Communication is very ill in Blythe, and when that happens, those whose egos are way out of whack can come in and with some political wrangling, can satisfy their need to dictate, and an entire community suffers. And that means good people leave and the rotten ones win all the chips. Stay and fight for what is actually right - if we still even can recognize it. Come on, Blythe, let's communicate openly and save our town and our country, because this kind of thing is going on around the country.

Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Article comment by: Richard Smith

@The Community
I am very shocked. I just learned that the employee who had the guts to have her hearing heard in open meeting was FIRED. As a community we just sit here and do nothing. It's very unsettling, and then to find out that she is currently the only breadwinner of her family, is atrocious. How can we sit here and do nothing. This president did not even provide board members with evidence that the employee submitted wherein she defended herself. I am shocked that they were allowed to go in with the Board of Trustees (Don Wallace and Sheri Jones) when that is a clear conflict of interest. If they are both suggesting that she be terminated with no grounds they should not be part of the voting party. What has happened and the only ones to suffer are the students. I cannot believe that the school and community I love has been reduced to this. The last thing Millie Rodriguez, President of the Board of Trustees said was that "No action was taken or to be reported at this time." No wonder everyone who worked there has either quit or moved to a different college. It's become a prison of it's own. How are the students going to enjoy the experience and gain the knowledge of a higher education when it's leaders elected that are greedy and only seem to care for themselves.


Posted: Friday, November 22, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

@....It's all So sad. So, what you are saying is that you are a prisoner, of bad teaching? If so, then do your self a favor and leave. If it is so bad for you, then you are not getting your money's worth. If you can't learn, then you are doing yourself a dis-service.

So sad. If everyone thought like you then no one would come out ahead. If things are really that bad then save your money. Not saying all teachers are good, nor am I saying that they are all bad.

Do you think these administrators care about you or any teachers problems. They don't, they only care about # 1. Themselves, and no one-else. So until they fix the top echelons problems, you are stuck, in your prison, if you so choose to remain there.


Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2013
Article comment by: Mr. Buyas

almost all of my classmates are inmates. I am not an inmate. If you knew how education works you do learn from and study with your classmates. Here at Palo Verde College we don't get to have that advantage and it creates a sub par educational experience compared to most higher education. That my friend is why my friends left and tease me about still being here.

Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2013
Article comment by: @ sad Student

You don't know how long this and past admin for the last 10 years have bullied and intimidated the employees with threats and coercion. They take everything for their retirements and leave us with the bill to pay. You students are lucky a college is still here. We took lots of pay cuts to pay for administrations greed.

Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2013
Article comment by: NEED HELP UNDERSTANDING

I am a life-long member of the community and am saddened to hear about the state of our college. I am having trouble understanding what is going on. Is this about cutbacks or someone not doing their jobs? I am particularly concerned about Ms. Nelson and Ms. Woods, did they do something wrong?

Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

@....It's all So sad. So what the heck is this? " I don't want to be reminded of my "inmate" education by teachers" So are you being held in captivity in the classroom? " I'm embarrassed to be getting my education here but I can't leave like the rest of my friends have". This is what gets me. If you are paying for your college courses then you sure as heck can leave.

But if you are an Inmate at the local prison then please leave, since you are using taxpayer's money, and then you have the audacity to complain about your free education. But come to think about it, if you were an inmate, why are you on the computer?

So this is just a lie. You are just stirring the pot to help these administrators. And to lay blame on the teachers.


Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2013
Article comment by: @ its all so sad

Thank you for stating your point here from a STUDENTS view. It really sounds like the employees care more about themselves then they do about the students and the community they work FOR. dragging everyone through the mess is not healthy. Let the process follow through and if the process isn't followed then the board should make a change. If the lawful process is followed then let it be and the ruling is the ruling. And for heavans sake, give our community and the students the service they are due all of you so called public servants. If you don't think you are a public servant then you should resign because you are not doing your jobs. Period!

Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2013
Article comment by: It's all So sad

A group of well educated professionals acting so childish and unprofessional. I go to class and leave the campus as fast as I can. I'm embarrassed to be getting my education here but I can't leave like the rest of my friends have. Please get it together . I'm getting tired of being teased about my education. I don't want to be reminded of my "inmate" education by teachers that bring their internal problems to the classroom. I don't think I want to be here.

Posted: Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Article comment by: Jones Hammy

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Posted: Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Article comment by: @ LITTLE PEOPLE OF PVC Gotcha`

That is no threat to jones hamiltion and wallace its just facts what comes around goes around..Just stand back and watch..

Posted: Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Article comment by: Amy Rose

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