Petitions containing several hundred names in support of Garfield School District Superintendent Jerold Judd were recently presented to the Board of Education.
The petitions included names of patrons at schools in Boulder, Escalante and Tropic as well as students at Escalante High School.Judd previously survived a narrow 3-2 vote by the board to retain his position, but members who favored firing him were vague in their reasons for wanting to discontinue the superintendent's employment.
In presenting the petitions, Jay Christensen, band teacher at Escalante High School, said a statement that was credited to teachers that implied all of them were opposed to the superintendent was "misleading." Views stated by leaders of the teachers' association didn't represent the views of all members, and many teachers support the superintendent, he added.
The board removed one agenda item at the last meeting that was entitled "process of impeachment," but members did not give the reason for putting it on the agenda or for removing it.
The last two board meetings have been lengthy ones, extending for nearly five hours. Most of the last one was spent in executive session while some 80 people waited for members to return to the regular board meeting. Board members didn't disclose what transpired.
It was at the previous meeting when the vote was taken and the split decision vote to retain Judd was taken.
A special meeting has been set for March 3 and the next regular board meeting will be March 16 at Bryce Valley High School in Tropic.