Visalia Students and Teachers Voice Anger over Superintendent’s Resignation

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VISALIA, Calif. — Students and former board members voiced their concerns at Tuesday night’s school board meeting.

This after Visalia’s superintendent Dr. Todd Oto announced his resignation last week. The school board voted 5 to 2 to accept his letter but many feel this was a mistake.

“He had an open door policy to talk to him about whatever and wherever, everyone loved him,” said Jordan Haas, senior. 

Jordan Haas is a senior and said the news came as a shock to him and his classmates and he feels because Oto was so beloved, there must be more to the story. 

“This kind of investigation reminded me of the Russian Police and they would investigate people behind their backs and if they found any dirt they would assassinate them and this is the same witch hunt as that,” said Jordan Haas.

President of the Board, John Crabtree said it is not true. He added some board members believe changes need to be made and it was nothing that oto had done.

“I just think it is a crying shame.”

Donna Martin is a former Visalia Unified Board member and worked closely with Dr. Oto for many years. She said the board is overstepping.

“I just want the board to know that they are making a mistake and that they shouldn’t try and be the superintendent, they should be the board members,” said Martin. 

Oto has worked for the school for more than 20 years. The has said the fact that he is leaving will leave a hole in the district..

Oto’s last day will be on June 11th.

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