Superintendent Lindo placed on leave amid demolition of Emery Secondary School

Published On January 8, 2014 | By Rob Arias | Education, News & Commentary, Politics

As first reported by The Tattler and since confirmed by the Oakland Tribune, embattled EUSD Superintendent Debbra Lindo, whom announced her retirement in October, has been placed “on leave” and effectively being forced out. She was slated to step down in June to give the city enough time to find her replacement but the situation may have escalated. Former Emery Superintendent and State of California Department of Education Trustee John Quinn has stepped in as interim Superintendent. The School District has not made an official statement. As Emery Secondary School is bulldozed to make way for the much ballyhooed, consolidated K-12 Center for Community life, one has to wonder if this is metaphoric of the direction of the EUSD … or if it will more optimistically “Rise from the rubble”?

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Emeryville school superintendent on unexplained leave

By Matt O’Brien
Oakland Tribune

School board members told confused Emeryville parents last week that the superintendent is on leave and the board has brought back a former administrator to guide the tiny, two-school district over the coming months.

The superintendent, Debbra Lindo, announced in late October that she would be retiring, but not until June 30 — allowing eight months for the Emery Unified School District to search for her replacement.

That schedule suddenly changed after elected school board members held an unusual series of closed-session meetings that began on the Saturday morning before Christmas and continued through Thursday night last week. School officials have refused to explain why Lindo is gone, citing the confidentiality of personnel discussions, but announced that John Quinn, who led the district a decade ago, has been hired as an “administrative adviser” until a new superintendent is selected.

The secrecy surrounding Lindo’s departure has angered some parents who demanded more information at a public meeting last week. | Read More on InsideBayArea.com →

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is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who moved to Emeryville in 2003. A new parent in the community, he can often be seen walking his French Bulldog rescue "Fiona" around his Park Avenue District neighborhood, traversing the greenway on his bike or enjoying his favorite Emeryville small businesses. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.

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