San Juan Unified Superintendent Glynn Thompson will be placed on administrative leave while an investigation goes forward about whether he created a hostile work environment for some female administrators, trustees announced tonight.
The action came after a closed board session and less than a week following a board decision to investigate nine complaints filed with the Fair Employment and Housing Commission by former and current district employees.
Thompson was not at the meeting, and district spokesman Trent Allen said he had worked at home in recent days. The paid leave takes effect Wednesday.
Trustee Pam Costa, in reporting the 4-0 decision, said the board took the action to protect the district, the superintendent the complainants and the process.
The district last week announced agreement with the Sacramento firm, Van Dermyden Allison Law Corp., which conducts workplace investigations, to conduct the work at a cost of up to $35,000.
The agreement says the firm will investigate complaints alleging gender/race discrimination, harassment and hostile work environment.