TVUSD criticized for superintendent selection process as district shifts attention to pandemic

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Kim Evans (left), a counselor at Erle Stanley Gardner Middle School, and Edgar Diaz (right), a teacher at Gardner, converse while observing social distancing rules at Temecula Valley Unified's school board meeting on March 17.
It might be difficult to believe, but it’s been just weeks since the Temecula Valley Unified School District governing board announced it had made its decision on a replacement for longtime district superintendent Tim Ritter. During closed session March 3, Ritter formally announced to the board his intention to retire after the end of the school year. The announcement came following several closed session discussions on the topic since the end of January. In the same closed session, the board immediately moved to choose a familiar face,  deputy superintendent Jodi McClay, to take Ritter’s position as superintendent. Members of TVUSD’s teacher’s union, though, expressed that while they may value McClay’s familiarity, they considered it very troubling that the district ha
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