Poway Unified Fires Superintendent

The Poway Unified Board of Education has terminated Superintendent Marian Kim Phelps after an investigation into alleged harassment and bullying of PUSD students. Tuesday’s vote was unanimous. 

"Based on her conduct, as revealed to the Board through the investigation, the Board has lost all confidence and trust in Dr. Phelps’ ability to continue to serve as Superintendent,” said PUSD Board President Michelle O'Connor-Ratcliff.

O'Connor-Ratcliff said the review “brought to light previously unknown evidence from witnesses with direct first-hand knowledge, that contradicted Dr. Phelps’ statements and assertions to the Board, District staff, and the public."

The investigation was prompted by a lawsuit filed by a Del Norte High School softball player last year. The student accused Phelps of launching a campaign of retribution against her and other students because Phelps felt they failed to clap for her daughter at a softball banquet. 

Phelps “made threats aimed at the entire senior softball group that either they admit that they orchestrated a conspiracy to not clap for [her daughter] at the softball banquet or that [Phelps] would ensure that none of the senior softball players would be allowed to walk at graduation,” the lawsuit said.

The plaintiff claimed Phelps also barred her from participating in any extracurricular activities as punishment.

Phelps was placed on leave earlier this year pending the results of the investigation. Interim Superintendent Greg Mizel will continue serving until the district secures a permanent replacement.

Phelps continues to deny the allegations against her. 



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