Embattled SAUSD Superintendent Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana recently lost the support of the Santa Ana Educators’ Association, the union that represents our teachers. Sources said the School Board was about to call her on the mat. She has apparently decided to run for the hills, as the SAUSD announced her retirement in a press release distributed last night. (See it below). Kudos to SAEA President Susan Mercer – she won this war.
I was hoping she would make a difference but instead she weakened school discipline, hurt our fundamental schools, made a mess of food service, hired too many consultants, and failed to crack the SAUSD’s entrenched bureaucracy. Adios Thelma. Enjoy your huge pension… We can but hope that the next Superintendent will be an improvement.
Here is the SAUSD’s press release, which as you might expect is quite sugarcoated: Continue reading