SAN JOSE — Ending months of uncertainty, a split Alum Rock Union school board Thursday night awarded Superintendent Hilaria Bauer the job security she sought, by extending her contract through June 2020.
The swing vote was trustee Khanh Tran, who said that he was not swayed by the unprecedented broad support for Bauer voiced in recent months by parents, students, teachers, administrators and the broader community. “My decision is based on my own observations over the years,” Tran said, before leaving the board meeting immediately after the vote.
“It is very, very heartwarming to see the community come together — teachers, nonprofits, parents — that speaks volumes to what the superintendent has been able to establish,” said trustee Andres Quintero, who voted with Tran and trustee Karen Martinez for the contract extension. Trustee Dolores Marquez dissented, and board President Esau Herrera abstained, both objecting that the vote came before the board completed its annual evaluation of Bauer.
The community organization Somos Mayfair supported Bauer’s contract. “Many of our families have a strong fear of instability,” said Victor Vasquez, a program manager at Somos, in praising Bauer’s leadership and in urging the board to support continuity in district leadership.
“We are finally in spot where departments are led by capable, qualified and competent leaders,” said Jocelyn Merz, head of the teachers union, which also supported Bauer’s contract.
In a letter read to trustees, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo wrote, “in the last 2½ years the city has invested millions of dollars to support chidlren and families in Alum Rock,” made possible by Bauer.
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