The embattled head of the California School for the Deaf has been removed from his post, the state's top education official said Friday.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson's announcement came a week after he appeared on campus, where teachers, staff and parents aired their grievances against Sean Virnig, the school's first deaf superintendent and an alumni.
The announcement letter to the school community did not give a reason for Vernig's ouster, although Torlakson did indicate he wanted to make sure the school year runs as smoothly as possible. Torlakson did not immediately respond to requests for further comment. Virnig refused to comment for the story.
State Special Schools & Services Division Director Scott Kerby, who was assigned as the "acting superintendent" for the start of the school year on Aug. 22, will continue in that role until a new superintendent is selected, Torlakson's letter states.
Virnig, who was "temporarily" reassigned to the State Department of Education in Sacramento to get some coaching the first week of school, will take on new duties in an unspecified role in the Student Support and Special Services Branch, Torlakson said. That division oversees after-school activities, student support, nutrition, special education and special state services and schools, such as the California School for the Deaf.
The news, which had started to circulate unofficially at the school earlier in the week, was greeted with jubilation and excitement in the campus community. The school's staff had issued a vote of no confidence in the superintendent earlier this summer.