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Centinela Valley High School District Superintendent Fired

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The President of the Centinela Valley Union High School District, Hugo Rojas II, comes out of a closed-door session and announces that the process of terminating School Superintendent Jose Fernandez will begin. He says, “this motion was voted on and passed 5-zero regarding ‘termination for cause.”

Fernandez has been under investigation within the district, by the FBI and DA's office for his enormous $663,000 Salary/Perks for 2013. It was also previously revealed that he took a loan from the district for almost a million dollars to buy a house.

With that kind of salary termination "for cause" is an important term here. "For cause" could result in no severerance pay. Without "cause" Fernandez could get a half-a-million-dollars in severance pay

On the advice of counsel the board wouldn’t talk about cause.

The meeting was poorly attended which was noticeable because this has been such a big issue.

Caesar Perez, who is a school counselor, told me “unfortunately our community is not well involved in these kind of events and that’s what the result was.” Others blamed summer vacations.

With regard to the vote, Nina Lofton thought Fernandez wasn’t to blame for his fat contract. She says, “I think he got it honestly because it was approved, however, I don’t think it’s fair what he did but it honest they approved it.”

George Buzetti told the board "“Thank you very much for taking the action you did and should have taken a long time ago.”

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