San Juan names fill-ins during school chief probe

Published: Thursday, May. 16, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Thursday, May. 16, 2013 - 8:01 am

The San Juan Unified School District tapped two top officials to run the district while Superintendent Glynn Thompson is on paid leave pending an investigation of employee complaints.

Thompson's duties will be split between Roger Stock, San Juan chief academic officer, and Kent Kern, assistant superintendent for operations and school support services, according to a district announcement.

The Rocklin Unified School District board is considering whether to choose Stock as its next superintendent, but that would not be effective until July 1.

Stock would replace Rocklin Superintendent Kevin Brown, who is retiring after more than a decade in the post, according to Tom DeLapp, Rocklin school district spokesman.

In the San Juan district, trustees Tuesday night placed Thompson on leave effective Wednesday while a Sacramento law firm evaluates 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.

The district hired the Sacramento firm Van Dermyden Allison Law Corp. to do the work at a cost of up to $35,000. The firm has expertise in conducting workplace investigations.

The agreement says the firm will investigate complaints "alleging gender/race discrimination, harassment and hostile work environment."

The firm has until Nov. 7 to complete the job. But San Juan Board President Larry Masuoka said Wednesday he hopes the investigation will conclude in significantly less time.

Call The Bee's Loretta Kalb, (916) 321-1073. Follow her on Twitter @LorettaSacBee. Read her Report Card blog at http://blogs.sacbee.com/report-card/.

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