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July 16, 2013
San Juan considers acting leader before school year begins

San Juan Unified School District trustees will hold a special meeting Wednesday to consider naming an acting superintendent while their current leader is on paid leave.

The district has placed Superintendent Glynn Thompson on leave while it investigates employee complaints that he created a hostile work environment for some female administrators. Nine former and current San Juan employees filed complaints with the Fair Employment and Housing Commission.

Trent Allen, district spokesman, said in an email today that he anticipates the board will name an acting superintendent "to ensure a smooth start to the rapidly approaching school year should the ongoing investigation not conclude prior to that time."

The first day of classes for the district is less than a month away - Aug. 15.

District trustees in May authorized a contract with the Sacramento firm Van Dermyden Allison Law Corp. to investigate the allegations against Thompson at a cost of up to $35,000.

The firm is to investigate allegations of gender/race discrimination, harassment and a hostile work environment and complete the work no later than Nov. 7.

Allen said the superintendent's cabinet has continued to meet and discuss district issues while Kent Kern, assistant superintendent for operations and school support services, is handling day-to-day responsibilities.

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About Report Card

Loretta KalbLoretta Kalb started her reporting career at The Sacramento Union, moved to KOVR-13 as a television reporter, editor and producer, headed to The Associated Press in San Francisco and eventually returned to Sacramento and joined The Sacramento Bee. Throughout her career, she has covered the state Legislature, courts, local government and, now, education. She is a Chico native and an Elk Grove resident.

Diana LambertDiana Lambert began her journalism career as a proofreader at the Lodi News-Sentinel. She is now a senior writer at The Sacramento Bee covering K-12 education and California State University, Sacramento. Previously she was The Bee’s Elk Grove bureau chief. Lambert was raised in a military family and lived at bases around the globe. She attended four high schools, graduating from Tokay High in Lodi and then Sacramento State University. She lives in Elk Grove.

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