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Selma School Board Votes 3-2 to Fire Superintendent

The Selma school board voted Tuesday night to fire Superintendent Mark Sutton. That vote was 3-2.

The decision happened after school board president John Lorona called a special meeting. 

About 200 Selma residents gathered to support the superintendent. 

Lorona said he cannot discuss personnel issues, and the board voted in closed session. 

Thee district is responsible for paying 18 months of the superintendent’s contract, which is $264,000 and health insurance for 18 months. 

Residents who felt the action was unfounded booed as Lorona left the meeting.

For about two hours, concerned residents, teachers and students spoke in support of the superintendent before the board went into closed session.

His supporters included Selma Police Chief Greg Garner and the Mayor Scott Robertson.

Sutton had served in the Selma Unified School District for 16 years, with 7 of those years as superintendent.

This past fall, school board members renewed his contract through June of 2019. 

His termination means the district has to pay him money that concerned residents said could be going to schools. 

"The whole town is here wondering why we are going to fire a superintendent and give $250,000, and that’s not with a lawsuit against it," said Tony Dias, a Selma High School student. "I mean, that can pay for more chrome books that we don’t have."

"Mr. Sutton is an awesome superintendent. I work for him. I know the man. He cares about the students. he cares about the parents, the employees–look at the crowd here," said Sara Rodriguez, a retired school employee.

Upset residents said they would like to recall the board members who voted to fire the superintendent. 

There was a large amount of support for the superintendent at the meeting.

The meeting was held in a small room that seated 35 people. Lorona denied requests to move the meeting to a larger venue. More than 100 people stood outside while waiting to voice their support.

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