Visalia school board search for new superintendent as Oto announces resignation

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The Visalia Unified School District will begin the process to look for a superintendent after Dr. Todd Oto submitted his letter of resignation to the school board earlier this week. 

The School Board President John Crabtree is setting the record straight after rumors have been circulating that the board had fired their superintendent earlier this week but Crabtree said that is simply not true.   

The board voted 5-2 vote to accept the letter of resignation. 
Crabtree said some school board members felt it was time to bring in new ideas to the school district. 

” Some of them feel like we need some changes and it’s nothing that he had done. It’s just necessary for us to move on as the board feels we can continue building on what he has done,” Crabtree said. 

Oto has been working for the district for over 20 years working up the ranks as a principal and becoming the superintendent. 

Some parents told Your Central Valley, Oto was a rare educator who put teachers and students first 

Board member Lucia Vazquez was one of the two votes who didn’t accept Oto’s resignation letter. 

“I think it was important that the record reflected my opinion and my stance on the good work that Dr. Oto  has done and dedicated to the district in over the 35 years in different capacities.” 

Oto’s last day as superintendent will be on June 11. 

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