SBUSD Superintendent Will Not Extend Contract
Cary Matsuoka (Photo: SBUSD)
Update by edhat staff
Santa Barbara Unified School District (SBUSD) Superintendent Cary Matsuoka will not extend his contract after it ends June 30, 2021.
Newsmakers with Jerry Roberts first broke the story early Wednesday evening stating it's unclear "whether [Matsuoka] wants to serve out the remaining 20 months of the contract as a lame duck, remaining in his post until June 2021."
Santa Barbara Unified School Board President Wendy Sims-Moten released the following statement:
"Superintendent Matsuoka’s contract is in place through June 30, 2021. He has not asked for an extension to his contract, and he has informed us that he will not seek one as connected to his evaluation process. The Board will not be voting on his contract since it is valid through June 2021 and he has not asked for an extension.”
“With regards to the superintendent’s evaluation process: at the October 22, 2019 board meeting, the Board will complete the evaluation process in closed session. There is no voting involved with an evaluation process, nor reporting out of about the evaluation outcome, as it is a personnel matter.”
School Board Holds Special Meeting Ahead of Superintendent Vote
By edhat staff
The Santa Barbara Unified School District Board held a special meeting on Tuesday ahead of a vote on whether to extend Superintendent Cary Matsuoka's contract.
The public was given just 24 hours notice of the meeting on Monday, which has been criticized by parents as an effort to prevent comments from the public.
Nine public commenters showed up at the meeting and urged the Board not to extend Matsuoka's contract due to "fiscal irresponsibility and poor test scores," reports The Independent.
Matsuoka was hired in 2016 under a three-year contract making over $330,000 a year. His tenure has been plagued with several controversies including the demotion of San Marcos High School Principal Ed Behrens in 2018, a potential lawsuit by conservative "watchdog group" Fair Education over the district's contract with Just Communities, and allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct at Santa Barbara High School's MAD Academy that have yet to be fully explained.
A petition organized by members of the Fair Education group has garnered over 850 signatures opposing any extension of Matsuoka's employment contract. The petition cites poor academic performance; unacceptable school facilities; reckless financial oversight and budgeting; inadequate community outreach, communication, and responsiveness; and irresponsible management style.
The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 22 to vote on whether to extend Matsuoka's contract.