San Ysidro Interim Superintendent George Cameron Resigns

San Ysdiro’s Interim Superintendent Dr. George Cameron has resigned from his position, according to Antonio Martinez, the school district’s board president.

Cameron cited personal reasons for leaving as he submitted his resignation at a special board meeting Saturday, and the news was announced to staff Monday.

The school board plans to fill the position with another interim superintendent as soon as possible. In February, the board will conduct a formal search for the district’s next leader, Martinez told NBC 7.

They hope to have a new, permanent superintendent hired and in place by the next school year, which starts in July 2015.

The position of the San Ysidro School District superintendent has been in flux since the district became embroiled in a pay-to-play scandal involving contractors and school construction projects.

The last permanent superintendent, Manuel Paul, resigned in April 2013 after he admitted to accepting $2,500 in parking lot case from a contractor wanting to work with the district. He pleaded guilty in August 2014 to a misdemeanor charge of deprivation of benefits for political contributions.

Following Paul’s tenure, Gloria Madera was installed as interim superintendent. She abruptly tendered her resignation in March 2014 when the district received a negative certificate, meaning it was not able to meet its financial obligations.

Cameron took the position soon after that. He led the district through contentious contract negotiations with the teacher’s union in October. San Ysidro teachers went on strike for three days during that period of time.

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