Superintendent Alan Brown said the board told him to reassign Gary Bishop.
came under fire Tuesday after more than 200 parents and educators rallied against the administration's plans to slash special education.The proposed reductions were part of $20.7 million in cuts being considered as part of a massive board plan to balance the budget and reduce the district's accumulated deficit. Board member Stephanie Caltagerone accused Bishop of orchestrating Tuesday's protest by scaring parents about the cuts.
will be paid his
base salary of $91,135 through June.His
replacement may be in place as early as Monday.
Parent Denise Dorcey said Bishop
had nothing to do with her
protest at Tuesday's session.
"We are, frankly, offended by the board, that they are suggesting parents don't have enough intelligence to step forward," Dorcey said."We're trying to protect our families."
As board members discussed cuts over the past few weeks, Brown told Bishop
to report on three scenarios from his
department's $30 million budget:
* $2 million in cuts; among the first proposals in early February.
* $5.2 million in cuts; detailed in a report given to board members last Friday, Brown said.
* $2.7 million in cuts; detailed in a report given to Brown on Monday.
warned that eliminating $5.2 million was not possible under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.Special education is regulated and districts can be sued if they do not fulfill legal obligations to students with special needs.
Early last week, Brown said he
for another list of the cuts that were realistic.
said Thursday that he
doesn't know if he
will fight his
reassignment. He came to the district in 1994 to head the department, which serves more than 4,000 students.
new job, Bishop
will oversee an expanded, federally funded after-school program in four elementary schools.
Brown said he
expects to hire a retired district employee.Because Brown is considering a retired person for what will be a three-month job, Brown can make the hire without board approval.
Brown said special education will continue to serve the needs of children.
"Hopefully, it'll just keep right on going.They're all professionals."