In a message notifying staff and parents about his removal, Ms. Hernandez-Goff said vaguely that Mr. Gaviglio was being reassigned to work on "important instructional projects" at the district's curriculum and instruction department, a decision she made "after careful consideration of both the school needs at Belle Haven and the demands" of the department. She appointed Maria Sevilla, who had been filling in for Mr. Gaviglio while he was on parental leave, as principal for the remainder of the school year.
Mr. Gaviglio — a former school board member who successfully ran on a reform slate in the early 2000s — believes that the superintendent's reasons for his removal are unfounded and retaliatory, a response to what he describes as his whistleblowing.
In a statement provided to the Weekly by the district's public relations firm, Ms. Hernandez-Goff said that Mr. Gaviglio was moved to the district to help with a "routine" federal program audit. The Federal Program Monitoring is described on the California Department of Education's website as an "overall determination of whether the local educational agency (LEA) is meeting statutory program and fiscal requirements for categorical programs," including proper use of Title I funds. Mr. Gaviglio received training in August on the compliance review, which will affect all sites but "focus heavily" on Belle Haven and Costa
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