Three weeks after placing the Ravenswood City School District's controversial superintendent on paid administrative leave, the Board of Education quietly — and unanimously — accepted her resignation in a special closed-session meeting on Tuesday night.
Board President Tamara Sobomehin confirmed Wednesday that the board approved a separation agreement with Superintendent Gloria Hernandez-Goff. Her employment will be terminated effective March 31. The district did not immediately make the separation agreement available.
District staff were notified via email on Tuesday night.
Hired in 2013, Hernandez-Goff will be leaving before the end of her current two-year contract, which the board renewed amidst community protest last April. She could not be immediately reached for comment.
Hernandez-Goff was a divisive figure in the K-8 district, with strong allies who defended her efforts to turn around the district and fervent critics who accused her of financial mismanagement, nepotism and retaliation.
The board's decision to place her on paid leave reflected that division. The board's newest trustees, Sobomehin and Vice President Stephanie Fitch, along with Marielena Gaona-Mendoza, voted in support, while Ana Pulido and Sharifa Wilson cast the "no" votes.
Under her contract, Hernandez-Goff and the district could terminate the employment agreement by written mutual consent.
Alternatively, the board could terminate her for cause, defined in the contract as failure to perform her duties as superintendent or legal violations. Without cause, the board is contractually required to provide her with 120 days' notice and pay her severance, which would be regular salary Hernandez-Goff would have earned until terminated. Her base salary is $192,814.
Sobomehin declined to answer any further questions about the nature of the settlement agreement.
Gina Sudaria, the district's director of student services and a longtime employee, has been serving as acting superintendent in Hernandez-Goff's absence.