Alvord Unified School Board Ousts its Superintendent

Last week, the Alvord Unified School Board voted 3-2 to terminate Superintendent Ysidro Salazar, buying out his contract.

In a joint statement, the Superintendent and the Board announced Salazar would be leaving the district December 31.

“It has been an honor and privilege to serve this great community and work with the great staff to embed a commitment to collaboration, continuously striving for excellence, and equity for all students,” said Salazar. Sadly, it’s well-known in my profession that there comes a time when the right thing to do is recognize what you’ve achieved and realize that the district would be best served with new leadership poised to take it to the next level.”

Board of Education members lauded the superintendent for his ability to build a strong culture of collaboration focused on shared goals both within the district and between the district, the city of Riverside and the community.

School Board member Robert Schwandt described Salazar’s leadership as visionary and innovative, adding, “Dr. Salazar has been adamant about his responsibility for delivering the highest quality learning experience possible for students and equally passionate about the importance of equity and literacy for all students.”

According to Board President Art Kaspereen, “The School Board intends to immediately appoint a qualified interim superintendent and commence a comprehensive search process for a timely and qualified replacement for Dr. Salazar.”

No explanation was given for his termination.