Will Sanger Unified School District’s Superintendent Mathew Navo step down from his position?
There is a possibility he might and school board members are set to meet with Navo Friday night during a special meeting to talk about his contract.
There is lots of speculation as to why Navo wants out of his contract but no explanation has been released from the district and the Superintendent himself.
This all started during the last school board meeting where there was a passionate discussion with the Sanger Unified Teacher’s Association about contract negotiations.
After that discussion the Superintendent announced he wanted to look into ending his contract early.
“It caught us all by surprise I think,” said Alyssa Nasalroad, Parent.
Nasalroad has four kids in the district, she says they all love Mr. Navo.
“Mr. Navo is highly respected by parents, teachers and staff members,” said Nasalroad.
Mr. Navo has been with the district for more than 15 years and spent the last five as Superintendent.
“If we lose him, we are in trouble,” said Dee Holiday, Community Member.
Longtime Resident Dee Holiday said she’s seen Navo grow in the community. She said he was instrumental in helping Sanger bring up test scores and bringing the district together.
“People get along, the ethnic groups get along, and all the kids love him,” said Holiday.
Navo’s contract was extended to 2020 but now it’s unsure if he will stay. The district is currently in contract negotiations and Nasalroad–daughter of former Superintendent Marc Johnson–said things got ugly.
“Negotiations can get difficult and there sometimes when people step out of line,” said Nasalroad.
The Sanger Unified Teacher’s Association Vice President Stephanie Weathers said she doesn’t think negotiations has anything to do with Navo wanting to step down. She said everyone in her organization respects him and enjoys working with him.
“I’m not sure why he wants an early release from his contract. I know at the meeting he seemed to get emotional but no on knew until he announced that then everyone was surprised,” said Weathers.
Nasalroad hopes the kids are put first.
“I would love to see him maintain his position at least until the end of the year to provide some continuity for the kids,” said Nasalroad.
A special meeting is being held Friday at 6pm to discuss Navo’s contract.