Dr. Cecilia English, the Superintendent of the Morongo Unified School District, has been placed on paid administrative leave. That was the full statement given to z107.7 by a school board member, following a special meeting of the Board of Education that was noticed as a closed session performance evaluation of the Superintendent. That meeting began on Thursday, and continued on Saturday.
Dr. English became the Superintendent of the local district a year ago, when her employment contract was approved by a 3-2 vote of the Board. She became the focus of school employee protests during union contract negotiations earlier this year. Protests resumed at a recent Board meeting, when the Board considered raising her salary, and those of the three Assistant Superintendents, by a percentage matching that achieved by the two school employee unions, retroactive to last July. The raises for the assistant sup’s were approved, but the one for Dr. English was denied, by a 4-1 vote of the Board.
The Board of Education will meet in a regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday of this week. No item on the action agenda relates to the Superintendent, and business will proceed without her presence.