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School Board Surprised by Grier’s Possible Departure

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Aired 8/20/09

San Diego Unified School Board members appeared surprised Thursday at the news Superintendent Terry Grier might be leaving the district.

SDUSD Board President Shelia Jackson talks to reporters about Superintendent Grier's possible departure.
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Above: SDUSD Board President Shelia Jackson talks to reporters about Superintendent Grier's possible departure.

— San Diego Unified School Board members appeared surprised Thursday at the news Superintendent Terry Grier might be leaving the district.

School board president Shelia Jackson told reporters she didn’t have many details about Grier’s possible departure. During a news conference she said the board has to meet with Grier to discuss the situation. He was in Houston today when he was named as the only finalist for the superintendent position of the nation’s seventh largest school district. But Jackson says some of Grier’s ideas may still be implemented if he leaves.

“Initiative are not just superintendent items. Initiatives are items that are good for the whole district. And initiatives that are good for our whole district will continue. This does not mean San Diego Unified District stops functioning,” she says.

Jackson would not comment on whether she believed the school board’s tense relationship with Grier pushed him out of the job. But board member John DeBeck says he believes that’s one of the main reasons Grier might choose to leave.

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