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School Board Issues Reprimand of Superintendent

Dr. Karl Black will have a permanent mark on his record, after new emails surfaced alluding to an intimate relationship with a principal.

At a closed session meeting Tuesday, the school board discussed actions up to and including the dismissal of Superintendent Karl Black.

Black, who is , is on paid administrative leave.

Two months after rumors surfaced from an article in the April 7 issue of the Milpitas Post, insinuating that he had an intimate relationship with a principal, the board has found email correspondence that supports the allegations.

The board concluded that he inappropriately used district resources—the email system—when he was expected to be conducting district business. 

But the board also stated he violated the district's Code of Ethics:

The Governing Board expects employees to maintain the highest ethical standards, [and] to follow district policies and regulations. Employees' conduct should enhance the integrity of the District and the goals of the educational program. (Board Policy 4119.21)

The board opted to issue a two-page statement of reprimand and disapproval that will be a permanent part of his employment record.

Black's contract was to end in about 30 days. The statement says, "but for the short amount of time remaining on his contract, this board would move to dismiss Dr. Black for cause. ... the board has determined it is not in the best interest of the district or the community it serves to expend the time, energy, effort or financial resources, especially in this time of severe budget cuts, to attempt to alter or modify the provisions of that contract."

Norm June 04, 2011 at 04:06 AM
I'm not touching that one :)
Adelaide Chen June 04, 2011 at 08:28 PM
David, Dr. Black's pension is administered by CA State Teachers Retirement System, and he has been paying into it throughout his years in public education. Before he was at MUSD, he was a principal of Pacific Grove High School. He's worked about 35 years in public education. There's not a way the school board could deny the pension. They don't control CALSTERS.
Teacher June 11, 2011 at 02:53 AM
He made a mistake, but he did do a lot of good for the District during his time here. It is just a dissapointment to those of us who looked up to him.
Trojan Fan June 28, 2011 at 05:44 PM
Br. Black has been been a great Superintendent for Milpitas Schools. His personal life is his and his families to address. He has supports our community, athletics, music, and education for our children. No one knows about his personal life and Frankly it is non of our business. He who is without sin cast the first stone!
Mike June 30, 2011 at 05:27 PM
Trojan Fan - RU kidding? Dr. Black fooled many people and is a disgrace. He did not set a good example is a poor leader.

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