BY EMILY MIBACH
Daily Post Staff Writer
Sequoia Union High School District Superintendent Mary Streshly, who had come under harsh criticism from the teachers union, has resigned, the school board announced today.
The board has been considering whether to renew her contract for about the last six weeks, according to the descriptions of closed-door meetings the board has posted.
She made $245,514 in 2018, according to the government salary website Transparent California. With benefits, her annual compensation came to $310,051.
Streshly’s resignation comes a month after the teacher’s union sent a letter to the school board saying they have “no confidence” in Streshly’s leadership.
Specifically, teachers felt that Streshly’s fall reopening plans lacked specifics about how teachers would be protected from COVID-19. More than 300 district teachers signed the no-confidence letter.
Streshly is leaving to “fulfill critical care responsibilities with her family,” according to a statement put out by district spokeswoman Ana Maria Pulido.
Streshly became superintendent in 2017 after the retirement of longtime superintendent Jim Liandes.
Upon Streshly’s departure, Associate Superintendent Crystal Leach will serve as interim superintendent, pending a selection of the new district leader.
This comes during a contested board race for one seat on the school board — for the area that covers Emerald Hills to Portola Valley. Running are incumbent Georgia Jack, former Las Lomitas trustee Rich Ginn and principal Shamar Edwards.
Also on the ballot are the board members for the seat that represents San Carlos — only incumbent Carrie DuBois is running — and for the seat that represents North Fair Oaks to East Palo Alto. In that race, Menlo Park resident Jacqui Cebrian has dropped out and endorsed her opponent, East Palo Alto resident Shawneece Stevenson.