Opponents of a proposal to close several Plumas County schools launched a formal campaign Friday to remove Glenn Harris from his office as Plumas County superintendent of schools.
David Keller of Quincy submitted a notice of intent to recall Harris to the county clerk's office, initiating a process that could result in a special election.
The recall petition is the latest action in an uproar over school closures that has roiled Plumas County since early January, when Harris released a recommendation to close Greenville High School, Taylorsville Elementary School and one of two elementary schools in Quincy.
The recall proponents, who notified Harris at a school board meeting Thursday night, accuse him of "gross mismanagement."
Their petition also claims he has created "an environment of fear and intimidation" among administrators, teachers and staff, and been "disrespectful of community members' time and work."
Two school board members were also notified of separate drives to oust them. Brad Baker, representing the Quincy area, and Sonja Anderson, of Chester, have failed to "exercise necessary oversight and management of the district superintendent," the recall petition states.
Harris is both county superintendent of schools an elected position and superintendent of the Plumas Unified School District, a position appointed by the school board.
Ouster proponents must publish their intent to recall before they can start collecting the signatures required to place the issue on a ballot.
The Harris recall effort requires 2,563 signatures of registered Plumas County voters, said Kathy Williams, Plumas County clerk.
The petitions to recall Baker and Anderson need 2,491 signatures, she said.