Fontana Schools Chief Resigns After Closed-Door Session
Fontana Unified Superintendent Randal S. Bassett has agreed to resign for purposes of retirement, effective Aug. 1.
The 4-1 vote to accept Bassett’s resignation agreement took place Wednesday, July 20 after a closed-session meeting. Mary Sandoval voted no.
Bassett was appointed Dec. 2016, but has worked for the district for over 20 years. He is credited with introducing innovative STEM programming. In 2021, he was named Superintendent of the Year by the UC Davis C-STEM Center.
His tenure has also been marked by controversy. There is an ongoing administrative investigation into allegations that Fontana School Police Detective David Wibert has been shielded from discipline and allowed to mistreat students with impunity.
Monica Mankiewicz, Associate Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, will serve as acting superintendent following Bassett’s departure. His retirement package includes 11 months’ salary and benefits, as well as medical benefits for eight years.
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