School board returns to closed session to discuss — Deasy?
LA School Report | October 14, 2014
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After 12 hours of open and closed meetings, the LA Unified school board still wasn’t through for the day.
At 10 pm tonight, the members retreated back into closed session, spurring speculation they were returning to the issue of Superintendent John Deasy‘s employment status.
With Deasy in South Korea on a cultural trip and due back at the end of the week, the members had before them the same options they have been wrestling with for weeks, as criticism of Deasy over a multitude of issues has intensified.
Their choices: do nothing; vote on his performance evaluation, which could lead to termination by June 2016; or fire him.
Deasy has the option of negotiating a settlement package to leave — the board has authorized lawyers to start the process. But board members have said nothing has been finalized, and Deasy has consistently refused to discuss his employment status.
If the board does make a decision on Deasy, the members are obligated to report their action publicly at the conclusion of the closed meeting. If they merely go home, that is a sure sign they reached no conclusion and took no action.