Attorney: Board is now moving forward ‘optimistically’
Del Mar trustees still won’t comment on McClain’s dismissal
After former Del Mar Union School District Superintendent Sharon McClain’s ouster on March 31, many parents are left wondering if more specific reasons for her dismissal could be revealed. The short answer is “no.”
“Unfortunately, the board cannot comment at this point because it is a personnel matter,” said Jeanne Blumenfeld, attorney with Stutz Artiano Shinoff & Holtz, the firm that represents the district.
While the board can’t talk, Blumenfeld said that McClain has a right to discuss employment matters. She said McClain’s claims that she was not given prior notice regarding her dismissal were not true.
The board had notified McClain in September 2009 that she needed to make several improvements in her performance, the school district’s attorney Dan Shinoff, also of Stutz Artiano Shinoff & Holtz, said at the March 31 meeting.
At the same meeting, board trustee Doug Perkins said the board had agonized over the decision to fire McClain for more than six months, but said he believed the decision was in the best interest of the district.
“The board is now moving forward very optimistically and hopes to be able to put this behind them,” Blumenfeld said.