San Juan Unified School District Superintendent Retiring Amid Sex Discrimination Allegations
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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – He spent months on paid administrative leave after being accused of sex discrimination. Now the superintendent of the San Juan Unified School District is retiring.
The district covers dozens of schools all over Sacramento County, including Carmichael, Citrus Heights, Fair Oaks, and Rancho Cordova.
Even though the picture of Glynn Thompson, the superintendent of the San Juan Unified School District, is still up, those who are filing a law suit believe he’s been let off the hook.
After a closed-door session, the San Juan Unified School Board made the controversial announcement about Superintendent Glynn Thompson, who’s accused of sex discrimination and unfair retaliation.
“He will remain on administrative leave until that date,” said the district clerk.
He’s receiving early retirement and not termination.
“I’m appalled,” said Christine Ohlinger, a retired principal.
Ohlinger is one of almost a dozen women suing the school district, claiming Thompson created a hostile working environment.
“They had a lot of evidence,” she said.
The evidence appears to be stacked against him. We dug deeper and found documents showing independent investigators interviewed dozens of witnesses and found that out of 45 allegations, more than a third were true.
“The most troubling was the fact that it had occurred,” said Lucinda Luttgen, a San Juan Unified School District board member.
But despite the damaging evidence, the board is granting Thompson his retirement request, calling it more cost effective than fighting for his termination through litigation.
But it’s still costly. Since Thompson’s paid leave started in May, the district has doled out $158,000 in salary and benefits for him to sit at home and another $200,000 in attorney fees — not to mention the pending lawsuit amount.
“I’m very frustrated,” said former San Juan Principal Mary Ann Pivett.
Some believe Thompson got off easy.
“There’s reason for termination. I believe they needed to go forward with that,” said Pivetti.
Thompson’s final day as superintendent is January 16. According to a district spokesperson, his salary and benefits has yet to be determined.