Evergreen School Board terminates contract of Superintendent Mike Merlino

Mike Merlino
Mike Merlino

All five board members felt there was enough evidence in the investigation to terminate the superintendent

After receiving preliminary information from an investigation into the professional conduct of Superintendent Mike Merlino, the Evergreen School Board of Directors voted 4-1 to terminate him using the “no cause” provision of his contract during a special Board meeting, today, Thu., Dec. 16.

In voting “yea,” Board members Julie Bocanegra, Victoria Bradford, Ginny Gronwoldt and Rob Perkins all acknowledged that there was enough evidence in the investigation to terminate “for cause” but that could ultimately cost the district more through legal expenses, as well as continuing to pay Merlino’s administrative leave costs, until there was a settlement. Terminating for “no cause” and paying Merlino one year of salary, also prevented a lengthy litigation, and put an immediate “hard stop” on the human cost, allowing the district and its employees to move forward to best serve students. 

In voting “nay,” Board member Rachael Rogers said she fully supported Merlino’s immediate termination, but would have rather terminated him “for cause” in light of Merlino’s egregious behavior uncovered during the preliminary investigation. 

The Board is now moving forward to secure an interim superintendent who will continue to move the educational priorities of the district forward.

Information provided by Evergreen School District.

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Gary Wilson
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Gary Wilson
1 month ago

You did not mention he gets a years salary $305,000 for nothing.

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1 month ago
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That needs to be clarified by the School Board Members. They should have been upfront about *why* the Superintendent was provided that salary.
After all, we, the taxpayers, pay all these administrators via “our taxes.”
Perhaps, if the superintendent wanted this to go to Court, it would have cost taxpayers more than the salary they gave him.

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1 month ago

Some members of our family were school administrators. The political infighting that goes on, especially between administrators AND school board members needs to be seriously reformed.
This news sounds more “political” than anything else. A group of administrative staff that didn’t like some of the things this Superintendent did, supposedly. Yet he was there for 21 years. We are more than suspicious.

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