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Covina-Valley School Superintendent Resigns Amid Misconduct Allegations

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The Covina-Valley Unified Board of Education agreed in a special meeting Tuesday evening to accept the resignation of Superintendent Richard Sheehan, who is under investigation by the Glendora Police Department for alleged misconduct with three current and former students.

Sheehan’s resignation is effective June 30, according to a readout provided to LAist after the board returned from closed session. As part of the agreement, he will remain on paid administrative leave until then, will be paid any “unused and accrued vacation,” and will also receive “an additional lump sum of $46,464.96.”

The board readout also said that Sheehan “executed a release of claims against the District” and mentioned other “non-monetary terms,” which were not described.

The vote was unanimous.

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Sheehan had been superintendent for almost five years. The Covina Unified Education Association, the district's teachers union, said in a Facebook post that Sheehan had been in touch with union leaders and described his resignation as a retirement.

In a written statement, the district board’s president, Sonia Frasquillo, said “the Board of Education is committed to making as seamless a leadership transition as possible for our students, staff, families, and the entire Covina-Valley community.”

For now, acting superintendent Elizabeth Eminhizer will continue to lead the district, Frasquillo said.


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