Nevada County Superior Court Judge Sean Dowling this week ruled against The Union in a complaint seeking the disclosure of documents pertaining to the termination of former Nevada Joint Union High School District Superintendent Marianne Cartan.
In December 2010, the board voted 5-0 to hire Cartan as interim superintendent, after a candidate whom the district had identified through a contracted search firm to replace former Superintendent Ralf Swenson was offered the position but withdrew.
Cartan had previously worked as a counselor and assistant principal at Nevada Union High School, and worked for 15 years as an administrator with the 49er Regional Occupational Program, a career-skills education program.
Several who spoke at that meeting against the transfer suggested Cartan
was behind the move and opposed her
being hired on a permanent basis, saying the district had should have conducted another search for a superintendent.
Mark Heauser, then board president, said "We are looking for more stability," as a key reason he
joined a 5-0 vote to hire Cartan
, a local resident, as permanent superintendent with a two-year contract.
Other board members showed support for her
despite criticism over the reassignment of administrators, which board members said was not a unilateral decision made by Cartan
Two months after Cartan was named permanent superintendent, the district learned that Nevada Union High School did not receive full accreditation from the Western Association of Schools & Colleges for the first time in its history.
Preparations for accreditation typically begin up to 18 months prior to the WASC
visiting committee making a trip to campus, Cartan
said at the time.
The committee visited NU on Feb. 28, 2011, less than two full months after Cartan was hired as interim superintendent.
Board members suggested the change in administration would help remedy the school's standing, with some members voicing frustration that WASC
had outlined 14 recommendations during its midterm progress report in the 2007-08 school year, but just four had been addressed by the school.
Six months later, in December 2011, Cartan
received an automatic one-year extension, a condition of her
contract following a positive review of her
performance by the board which voiced unanimous support.
In December 2012, according to board minutes, the board again voted 5-0 to extend Cartan's contract through June 30, 2015.
Less than three months later, the board voted 3-2 to terminate her
made $135,000 annually, but according to the contract, the district must pay the remainder of her
unexpired term or up to 12 months following the date of termination, which would be March 2014.