Petition Calls for Resignation of Santa Clara Unified School Board Members

Thursday night's school board meeting lasted into Friday morning, ending at 1 a.m.

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    Turmoil inside the Santa Clara Unified School District continues. Monte Francis reports. (Published Thursday, June 13, 2013)

    Turmoil inside the Santa Clara Unified School District continues.

    A petition calling for school board members to resign was presented to the board of education Thursday night.

    The petition, signed by more than 2,000 people, shows a vote of no confidence to four of the seven school board members:

    • Ina Bendis
    • Chris Stampolis
    • Michelle Ryan
    • Board President Christine Koltermann

    One of the board members asked to resign claims he and the other board members were elected to make changes in the district, such as improving student proficiency.

    Before the parents could present the petition, they had to wait hours as board members argued over the agenda and accused one another of bullying.

    They packed the board room and spilled out into the hallway for a meeting that lasted seven hours.

    The petition claims the board uses intimidation and micro-managing which had led more than a dozen principals and other administrators to leave the district.

    "It is unbelievably bad. You only have to sit in one meeting to see these four board members are just outrageous," parent Peta Roberts said.

    As the meeting was closed to a call at 1 a.m. Friday, no action was taken on the petition.

    Administrators who previously spoke to NBC Bay Area described a "toxic" culture at the district.

    Some of them are leaving the district. 

    Stephanie Chuang reports on that part of the story below:


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