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Pleasanton school board fires Superintendent Rick Rubino

Original post made on Jan 9, 2017

Less than three weeks after being placed on paid administrative leave and barely six months into his tenure, Rick Rubino has been removed from the position of Pleasanton school district superintendent, effective immediately.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, January 9, 2017, 6:39 AM

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Posted by Hopeless
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 9, 2017 at 8:47 am

No one will be able to be recruited to the PUSD with all of its inexperienced and underqualified principals and union-backed teachers that don't get fired when they wander around town leaving campus and don't teach. Much of the inability to hire talented individuals was brought on by the scorched earth tactics Parvin Ahmadi used to humiliate and destroy the previous principal at Walnut Grove.

In addition, no decent Superintendent will ever want to come to Pleasanton given that Odie Douglas has a newly signed contract extension addendum approved by the Board and signed 2 days before Rubino started guaranteeing Odie Douglas will remain in his position until June 30, 2019. Yes, that's right folks - - - 2019. The addendum can be found here Web Link

Obviously, the Board with its unchecked oversight of Ahmadi, failed at its job. And they are the ones that approved Douglas's contract until 2019. It would be best for PUSD to merge with the Livermore Valley district and have the Livermore Valley management take over. Or have the State take over the PUSD.


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Posted by ????
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 9, 2017 at 9:23 am

If in fact the superintendent was let go without cause as Kathleen as stated, that just cost the district $256,000 as his contract states he's entitled to a year of compensation. Was this done as agreement he wouldn't pursue legal action against the district?


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jan 9, 2017 at 11:26 am

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

Anticipated litigation was listed, but I think for two cases. If this was a grievance of some kind, the other person and the superintendent could have filed separate suits. Whatever was going on, a superintendent would not negotiate to leave if they were not culpable. There is little likelihood he bounces back from this dismissal. All my opinion.

This will cost more than salary, there are all the benefits and overhead costs as well.

I think the board members, except Steve Maher, should apologize to the community, tell us how we will pay this expense (will we have to borrow from another fund . . . again), and explain what they will do next. And as I said before, we need to support the expense of finding a different firm for this search. Also my opinion.


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Posted by Kate
a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Jan 9, 2017 at 11:58 am

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I agree with Kathleen that the Board that approved Rubinos contract should be completely transparent with costs. As taxpayers, are we entitled to demand this?


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Posted by Maritess Simmons
a resident of Pheasant Ridge
on Jan 10, 2017 at 9:20 am

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"Whatever was going on, a superintendent would not negotiate to leave if they were not culpable." Kathleen, do you know this as fact or is this your opinion? It's also possible that the board and/or Rick Rubino decided to, as was stated publicly, avoid the DISTRACTION of an investigation. The investigation was launched but not complete.


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Posted by Pleasanton Resident
a resident of Valley View Elementary School
on Jan 10, 2017 at 11:04 am

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And we wonder why our schools supposedly always need more money and more bond measures are passed when one person makes $256,000 plus an expensive benefit package.

How much is a Superintendent really worth and why are we paying this kind of severance package?


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jan 10, 2017 at 11:04 am

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My post says it's my opinion. You don't leave just because you've been accused. If you know you are innocent, you wait for the investigation to Clear your name. His ability to land another job with this vague cloud over his head are limited at best. "Distraction" is just an agreed harmonious term to try and save face for both sides. We just bought him into retirement. Still my opinion.


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