PALMDALE — The Palmdale Aerospace Academy Board of Directors cleaned house at Monday’s meeting.
The Board unanimously agreed in closed session to terminate CEO Laura Herman without cause, effective today.
The Board also voted unanimously to terminate Chief Academic Officer Brandy Price, Special Education Director Breanna Duen and elementary Principal Priya Darbari, all without cause, effective today.
Herman was hired in 2012 to serve as headmaster for what was then a seventh- through ninth-grade campus. Herman got a new three-year, $171,195 annual contract in September just as the charter school opened its elementary campus.
Herman did not immediately return a message for comment. Price, Duen and Darbari could not be reached for comment.
“It’s a personnel matter, so I don’t know the details but they were released from their positions,” spokesperson Sarah Mann confirmed Thursday.
Mann added the Board is doing a good job working cohesively and efficiently with things that are brought to their attention.
“Our entire Board is 110% in support our school,” Mann said. “They love our concept, our students, and all they want to do is see us succeed.”
Board President Kathe Duren did not immediately return a message for comment.
The Board on Monday unanimously approved a contract with Chief Operations Officer Paul Dilger to serve as acting CEO, at a annual salary of $153,642.
The Board also took a series of unanimous actions related to special education, including approving a special education policy.
The Aerospace Academy had 99 students with disabilities in 2018, according to information on the California School Dashboard.
Board members also heard a report about special education training for teachers and classified staff.
The Board unanimously agreed to direct Dilger to develop a special education staffing model. The Board also unanimously agreed to authorize Dilger to enter Into employment contracts for new or vacant special education positions
In addition, the Board approved budget revisions necessary to implement new special education staffing model and program changes
The Board also authorized Dilger to enter Into contracts and memorandum of understandings with special education service providers and school districts for the purpose of providing special education services to students as identified in their individualized education plan.