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Holtville school chief expected to be released from his duties tonight

May 15, 2001|By DORA DEPAOLI, Staff Writer

HOLTVILLE — After less than two years as superintendent of the Holtville Unified School District, Carlos Vega, 52, is expected to be leaving his job following tonight's special board meeting.

The meeting will be in the district office at 6 p.m. After the flag salute and public comments to the board, the trustees will go into executive session to discuss three agenda items: a) the separation agreement and general release of the superintendent, b) the appointment of an acting superintendent, and, c) discussion of negotiations with the district's two bargaining units.

Following the closed-session portion of the meeting, the board is slated to vote on the release of the superintendent and the appointment of an acting superintendent. No action is expected to take place in regard to salary negotiations.

County Superintendent of Schools John Anderson will give a presentation in regard to conducting a search for a new superintendent.

Vega was hired in July 1999 to replace Robert Duran, who left the district to go into a family business in Hatch, N.M. Vega had been the principal of Holtville High School for a year when he was named superintendent. He was given a two-year contract by the district as superintendent with an annual salary of $80,000. Since that time Vega's contract was extended to June 2002.

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District officials declined to comment on speculation the district will be buying out the remainder of Vega's contract. They also declined to comment on the reason for the dismissal.

The five-school district was plunged into a divisive recall movement of three trustees in 1998. The following year the recall petitions were disallowed by visiting Superior Court Judge Milton Milkes.

When contacted this morning, Vega said, "This community needs to move forward and the way to do that is through its educational system. There is an excellent management team that should accomplish this goal. They have these traits in common: they are intelligent, hard-working team players and basically very unselfish egos.

"If allowed to continue their tasks they should accomplish the goals I started to achieve," he said.

Of the action to be taken at tonight's meeting, Holtville school board member George Morris said the board "has worked very hard to lessen the negative impact to the district."

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