Board rescinds interim superintendent’s resignation

Less than two months after Tina Douglas’ resignation as interim superintendent, the SDUHSD Board of Trustees unanimously rescinded their acceptance of her resignation after requesting she re-commit to her original term through June 30.

Following a closed session at the Jan. 10 special board meeting, Board President Rimga Viskanta announced the re-appointment, thanking Douglas for “her commitment to the district.”

This action came just three weeks before Douglas’ resignation would have been effective.

Douglas’s Nov. 18 resignation came after a motion to appoint Executive Director of Planning Services John Addleman as the associate superintendent of Business Services failed to pass. Addleman had been filling in for Douglas, who previously held the business services role, since May without compensation – something Douglas said would not be “fair” to continue. The day after the motion failed, Douglas resigned, planning to return full-time to business services. 

Now that Douglas has returned as interim superintendent, neither she nor the board has said whether they will try again to appoint a replacement for her in business services. 

“We are committed to providing the support Ms. Douglas and the District need to get through the transition period until a permanent Superintendent is hired,” Viskanta said.

According to Viskanta, the board’s support for Douglas would be “more clear” after the Jan. 31 meeting, but she declined to specify what resources they plan to provide.

Douglas did not respond to requests for comment.

With the reaffirmed deadline of June 30 to find a new superintendent, the board began its search by looking for a consultant firm. The consultant search closed Jan. 20, and a selection will be made at a future meeting, Jacobs said.

“I’m pretty optimistic about [the superintendent search,]” TPHS Student Board Representative Julia Liu (12) said. Liu hopes for “someone who looks over the entirety of the district, celebrates our diversity [and] our students.”

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