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An Important Update from the CUSD Board of Education
Posted 12/9/22

December 9, 2022


To All Members of the CUSD Community,


Board members are entrusted to represent the community that they serve.  It is a deeply humbling honor to be chosen by your neighbors, parents, and the community to represent your voices in service to our students.  Ethics, integrity, honesty, and sound judgment should be your unwavering expectations of our work and conduct, always. As a Board, we strive to act as a high-functioning team, with shared goals and vision for our district. 

To this point, the majority of the Board met today with legal counsel and Superintendent Elsasser to review the allegations concerning the private party that our high school choir students were invited to perform at last weekend.  Because the party took place at Trustee Llanusa’s home, he was not present for this Closed Session meeting.  While we cannot legally share details from the Board’s discussions with counsel, we may share these important sentiments and truths.

In today’s meeting, the Board majority reaffirmed its commitment to continue the important work of our District with dignity and professionalism.  We are appalled by the allegations, which are understandably causing distraction, disruption and pain, as expressed in community members’ messages to the Board and Superintendent.  Please know that we receive and read your messages, and we take your concerns very seriously. 

Though the board cannot require Mr. Llanusa’s resignation, we encourage him to do so in order to begin the process of healing and returning our focus to students and their well-being.  

We believe our dedicated professionals who work in CUSD schools, teaching, supporting, and nurturing our students deserve for us to stay focused. The families and caregivers who trust their children to us deserve our full attention to their students’ needs.  Our students, the heart of our work, inspire us to do all that we can to support their learning.

Thank you for trusting us to keep the organization focused on service to students as the Board and our community navigate its way through this terribly unfortunate situation. 




Kathy Archer, Vice President, Board of Education

Bob Fass, Clerk, Board of Education

Kathryn Dunn, Member, Board of Education

Richard O’Neill, Member, Board of Education