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As San Juan inquiry drags on, board hires second replacement

Glynn Thompson
Glynn Thompson jvillegas@sacbee.com

The San Juan Unified School District board has named a second interim leader to run the district while existing Superintendent Glynn Thompson remains on paid leave amid complaints that he created a hostile work environment.

Kent Kern, the district’s assistant superintendent for operations and school support services, will serve as acting superintendent from Dec. 1 until Jan. 31, district spokesman Trent Allen said Wednesday.

Thompson has been on paid administrative leave since mid-May as district consultants examine whether he created a hostile work environment for some administrators.

The school board hired the Sacramento firm of Van Dermyden Maddux Law Corp. in early May to investigate Thompson. But the inquiry has dragged on as more San Juan administrators filed claims with the state Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

The law firm’s findings, which were to go to the district board this month, have been delayed. Thompson’s salary and car allowance since May top $100,000.

In July, the district hired General Davie Jr., a former San Juan superintendent, to run the district while the investigation proceeded. But Davie, a retired annuitant, is limited to 46 days’ compensation. Allen said those days – paid at $850 each – are about to run out.

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