SAN MARCOS – The San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD) announced at Tuesday’s board meeting that Superintendent Dr. Carmen García has resigned effective immediately.
Assistant Superintendent Tiffany Campbell will step in as the acting superintendent of the district.
García was not present at the board meeting, but the district posted a farewell message from the former superintendent on its website.
In the letter, García thanks the board for the “amicable separation” and “for the opportunity to work together these past two years with phenomenal students, teachers, parents, staff, administrators, and the community at large.”
García goes on to thank teachers, students, administrators, the district and the community as a whole for their service and dedication to the district. She concludes with a note to the SMUSD Community:
“As our world continues to shift with the twists and turns brought forth by a global pandemic, our students rely upon the ongoing courageous conversations and support that will provide the best education for all SMUSD scholars. Thank you for your dedication in moving forward with this endeavor in order to create an equity-based system that supports all students, from all backgrounds with multidimensional needs, so that, one day, “all means all” rings true everywhere.”
García was appointed by the board in Oct. of 2018. She came to San Marcos from San Diego Unified School District where she served as a lead principal at San Diego High School.
It is unclear why García made the sudden decision to step down, however, numerous parents and families of the district have expressed their disappointment during board meetings and on social media platforms about the district’s approach to the reopening of schools amid COVID-19 concerns.
The district’s reopening plan failed to garner enough votes at its July 21 board meeting. The board plans to hold a second vote Tuesday evening, though the district already started classes virtually on Aug. 18.
“Many parents have been actively participating in the monthly board meetings since last November. That community engagement was in reaction to several decisions and actions made by Dr. García,” said Sandra Greefkes, a SMUSD parent. “There was a significant loss of confidence in her ability to lead our district based on the results of a community-based climate survey… As parents, we look forward to positively collaborating with the district leadership, teachers and staff. Dr. Campbell is responsive and thoughtful and understands the logistics required to open safely.”