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Napa Valley College on Martenson Ethics Issue

Board of Trustees Reaffirms Violations of Trustee Martenson

Napa, CA— 10/15/2018 11:00am — In response to community requests for further information regarding a Napa Valley Register article published Sunday October 14, 2018  the District has issued the following statement:

On Monday October 8, 2018, the Napa Valley College Board of Trustees held a special meeting and took action reaffirming and further clarifying its actions at the April 12, 2018 Board meeting on ethics policy violations by Trustee Amy Martenson (District 2).

The October 8, 2018 meeting was held in response to Martenson's objections about an email that the Board of Trustees directed the college president to send to all staff at the college. The Board of Trustees took action in that October 8, 2018 closed session to issue a formal statement, which was unanimously adopted by the trustees at the meeting.

Excerpts from that Board of Trustee's public statement (the full statement can be found at www.napavalley.edu on the Board of Trustees webpage) include the following:

"The Board has carefully reviewed the President's email and determined that it is truthful and factually accurate. President Kraft correctly summarized the history of the Board's handling of an ethics violation by Trustee Martenson. It therefore considers Trustee Martenson's claim of defamation to be without merit. "

"Trustee Martenson bases her assertion of defamation on a mischaracterization of the Board's decision not to single her out in its April 2018 motion addressing the ethics violation under review. The Board, in its April 2018 deliberations on the motion, including the comments of each voting trustee, made clear that it was the view of all trustees except Trustee Martenson that she committed a serious violation of the Board's code of ethics."

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For more Information: Carollee Cattolica, Dir. Office of Institutional Advancement 707- 256-7261