The court case involving a Lodi Unified School District administrator who was reassigned two years ago is heading to trial.
Former curriculum coordinator Anne Cecchetti filed a grievance against the district in June 2009, claiming that race, gender and age were factors in choosing which positions were cut to save money during budget reductions.
That year, the curriculum and instruction department in which she worked was all but eliminated in an effort by Superintendent Cathy Nichols-Washer to reorganize the district office. Cecchetti was one of six curriculum coordinators.
At the time, she claimed she was removed from her position because former attempts were unsuccessful.
“The statement regarding people talking about me in personnel and how the district tried to get rid of me before is evidence that there has been and still is a malicious effort to deprive me of my livelihood,” she wrote in the complaint.
In a separate 30-page letter sent to fellow administrators at the time, Cecchetti wrote that the reorganization process was arbitrary and capricious. She had previously publicly questioned the process used to choose which positions were axed, and called it non-transparent.
In April 2010, the longtime district employee filed in court a complaint against Lodi Unified for alleged wrongful termination. Earlier this month, a jury trial was set for February, according to court records.
Cecchetti, who could not be reached for comment, is still employed by the district. She will teach sixth grade at Westwood School when classes resume Aug. 1, the personnel department confirmed.
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