Glendale Unified Fires Its Superintendent

Winfred B. Roberson Jr., who became the first African American superintendent of Glendale Unified three years ago, is out of the job following a recent 3-2 vote by the school board.

Roberson was terminated without cause at the end of last month amid a series of challenges facing the district. These include declining enrollment, declining reserves, property disputes, and more.

“We did not take this decision lightly, but we are excited about the opportunities we’ll be able to provide to our students, our community and to our district,” said Board President Greg Krikorian. (Los Angeles Times) “We wish [Roberson] well in his future endeavors, but our No. 1 priority is the students, parents, community and our schools.”

Krikorian supported the termination, along with Armina Gharpetian and Shant Sahakian. Board Vice President Jennifer Freemon and member Nayiri Nahabedian voted not to let Roberson go.

Assistant Superintendent Kelly King is serving as interim superintendent while the district searches for a replacement. The Board has decided to use an outside recruiting firm to scope out its next permanent hire. But first, it must choose the firm. A total of seven recruiting companies will appear before the Board on Feb. 19 to make their pitch.

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