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Sequoia district names interim supe, pays $299K to former district head

Original post made on Dec 21, 2022

The Sequoia Union High School District's Crystal Leach is serving as superintendent after Darnise Williams resigned last week.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, December 21, 2022, 11:51 AM

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Posted by Soccer mom
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Dec 21, 2022 at 3:25 pm

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Did she resign or was she terminated? It seems from the article that if she was terminated, she was due the $299K as severance. But if she resigned, why does she get the severance?

The school board absolutely needs to be more transparent to the community. And they have only made it more difficult to find another superintendent willing to work under these conditions.


Posted by Parent
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Dec 21, 2022 at 5:58 pm

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From the article: "Many questioned the board’s assertion that the decision was a “mutual agreement,” alleging that the trustees had forced out the district’s first Black female superintendent. "

And according the contract the superintendent signed, with a clear mind and under no duress:

"and states explicitly that the resignation is “a voluntary act, and that there was no coercion by the district.”

Therefore and in summary, because the superintendent signed the contract, her resignation is a "voluntary act" per the contractual agreement she signed with her own hand. Can this be any clearer?


Posted by Retired Local Teacher
a resident of another community
on Jan 1, 2023 at 8:58 am

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Nothing beats a contract where the truth gets buried. So much for accountability. Makes one wonder what else goes on outside of the public eye. Trustees? Really? Taxpayers beware.


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