H-SHANDON

Oct 16, 2013 8:43 PM by Connie Tran, KSBY News

Students and parents left with questions after Shandon Joint Unified School District superintendent is let go

The superintendent of the Shandon Joint Unified School District has been let go. Rodney Wallace was also the principal of Shandon High School. His sudden departure prompted a lot of calls to our newsroom from students and parents with questions. No one on the Shandon School Board would talk to KSBY News. One member even hung up the phone on reporter Connie Tran. The San Luis Obispo County Office of Education said the reason why his contract was bought out, will remain confidential. However, that answer is still not enough for some. "It is sad, like I lost a great friend because three people on the board don't like him, it's not fair," said student Jensen Contreras, who is a junior at the high school. She and some of her peers decided not to attend school on Wednesday. Instead they protested across the street from the Shandon High School campus to show their form of solidarity and support for the man they call, Mr. Wallace. Contreras said, "He is someone I can go to when I'm having problems in school, and I can go talk to him and ask him for advice." Contreras and others believe Wallace, who has worked for the district since 2009, was driven out because his policies did not align with the school board's, and that disagreement ended in his contract being bought out. "Why the push? Why do you want him out so bad? And they will not answer. And that's our whole reason in being there last night. We want answers. This is our community, these are our kids' school," said Kiki Anderson, the volleyball coach at Shandon High School. Anderson said she is good friends with Wallace, but Wallace has not shared the details about his departure with her. Mary Jarvis, the Assistant Superintendent for Business at SLO County Office of Education said, "I can tell you, that Mr. Wallace is a skilled educator and administrator, and he can and should continue his career in public education." Jarvis said an interim superintendent and principal could be in place by this Friday. The SLO County Office of Education also said that they wish Wallace well in his future endeavors and thank him for his service to the district.

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