Ex-Coachella Valley Superintendent Walks Away With Nearly $300,000

Dr. Maria Gandera, who abruptly resigned as superintendent of the Coachella Valley Unified School District earlier this month, will receive nearly $300,000 as part of a severance agreement, KESQ reports. 

The news station obtained a copy of the agreement. Gandera gets $259,000 severance plus a lump-sum payout for unused vacation totaling $40,485. Gandera’s medical insurance will also be covered for another year or until she finds a new employer.

The controversies that have plagued CVUSD did not stop with Gandera’s resignation. Even the search for her interim replacement was soon complicated. As Cal School News noted, Dr. Steve Kennedy was initially named to the acting position. Then the Board of Education reversed course and appointed Juan Lopez to the job. It’s not clear why the Board changed its mind.



Tuesday, April 6, 2021 - 06:59

The school advocacy group, Great Public Schools Now, released a report last week detailing the pandemic’s impact on students in the state’s largest school district, LA Unified.