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May 28, 2014 2:10 AM by Rebecca Taylor

Last meeting for recalled Sunnyside board members

TUCSON - Two Sunnyside Unified District School board members attended their final meeting Tuesday night, after voters recalled them last week. Among the issues they're tackling, is whether the superintendent will stay.

Minus a couple minor verbal jabs, the meeting ran smoothly. Superintendent Dr. Manuel Isquierdo went on the record saying he doesn't want his contract bought out, despite saying the opposite four weeks ago.

"I'm prepared to work with the new board, if the new board wants me. If they don't, respectfully they'll have to buy me out. Or we'll go through the legal process, because that's how you do it," said Dr. Isquierdo.

A contract buyout would cost the district upwards of $500,000. The board went into executive session around 9 p.m. Tuesday night to discuss personnel matters and didn't finish until around midnight.

In an email, district spokeswoman Mary Veres said the board determined Dr. Isquierdo met 86 percent of his performance goals. Veres said any action on the superintendent's contract would be up to the next board, which could happen as soon as June 10.

Earlier in the meeting, board member Buck Crouch offered a public apology toward SUSD staff and students for comments he made blasting Dr. Isquierdo on graduation rates.
Crouch made clear the apology wasn't directed at Dr. Isquierdo but to the community.

News 4 Tucson will pass along any updates on Dr. Isquierdo's contract, as it becomes available.

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