Director Letter

July 14, 2014

Dear Yuba River Charter School Board, Faculty, and Staff,

I sincerely hope in the future that you and I shall have more pleasant items to discuss, but it now is my sad duty to let you know of some troubling news that will impact our school.

For over a year, the Green Meadow Waldorf School in New York has contracted a well-respected investigative firm to conduct a thorough and outside look into allegations of sexual misconduct made by one of their former students against a former teacher.

That investigative firm’s work, at Green Meadow’s behest, broadened to include several years of the school’s past, and much work was done to assist the school in becoming transparent about its practices, policies, and school culture.

The investigative firm’s (and its professional, vetted credentials) report summary can be viewed at the following link:

http://www.gmws.org/uploaded/What’s_Happening_Now/Green_Meadow_Community_Letter_-_July_2014.pdf

There are some aspects of the report that bear no effect upon YRCS.  However, it was found by the investigative firm that Mr. Eugene Schwartz was discovered to have been in possession of child pornography and has been barred from the Green Meadow Waldorf School and Threefold Properties owned by the school.

The details contained in the summary of the report are disturbing, and legally, ethically, and morally necessitate an immediate severing of YRCS’ relationship with Mr. Eugene Schwartz.  Therefore, please know that Mr. Eugene Schwartz will no longer be part of any aspect of our school’s operations or offerings.

I will work with the admin staff, Mr. Ron Charles, and my own Waldorf professional contacts to ensure that mentoring for our teachers, parent education events, etc., will still take place.  Please note that any of you who have planned to take any summer courses with Mr. Eugene Schwartz are hereby directed not to do so. Thank you for your understanding with this matter.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to email me at yubariverschool.org.

Sincerely,

Charlene Haney,

YRCS School Director

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