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San Juan school district superintendent accused of harassment, discrimination

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San Juan Unified School District Superintendent Glynn Thompson

The San Juan Unified School District will announce the fate of Superintendent Glynn Thompson at a press conference Thursday morning.

Thompson was placed on paid administrative in May after female administrators began filing formal complaints of harassment, retaliation and discrimination against him.

"I hope that Mr. Thompson is no longer the superintendent of San Juan Unified School District. He needs to be gone," former Skycrest Elementary School Principal Mary Ann Pivetti said.

Pivetti is one of 16 women who filed complaints against Thompson with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing. In her complaint, Pivett said she was, "a target of retaliation, harassment and intimidation," after she spoke with Thompson about how he was treating other female administrators. As a union leader, it was Pivetti's job to have those conversations with Thompson.

"I was suddenly targeted for all kinds of things," Pivett said. "I got written up, because I didn't have my notes on the proper form where other people didn't even know about the forms."

Through a Public Records Act request, News10 obtained copies of several complaints lodged against Thompson with the state. One former administrator said Thompson repeatedly asked her, "how old I was and when I planned to retire."

The school board will meet at 7 a.m. and decide whether to keep Thompson or end his three-year contract early.

"Board members have indicated they hoped to have some action and determination before we went home for winter break and that starts Friday for our district," SJUSD Spokesman Trent Allen said.

Allen said parents should not worry that lawsuits will take money from classrooms because the San Juan Unified School District is insured.

"So they would most likely be the ones who would take care of any settlements or judgments that would most likely come from those, so it would not come from district funds," Allen explained.

By Thom Jensen, @TJensenNews10

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