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ESCONDIDO, Calif. - The Escondido Board of Education is in turmoil after the superintendent went to court to get a temporary restraining order against a school board member.

Superintendent Luis Ibarra claims that Trustee Jose Fragozo threatened to kill him, but Fragozo's supporters say the restraining order is a political move. Ibarra and Fragozo have been at odds politically for years.

The timing of the restraining order is also suspicious, according to the Fragozo camp, because Fragozo was scheduled to be rotated into the seat of board president.

As a result of the restraining order, Fragozo can only participate in board meetings by phone, so the other board members changed a 20-year standing policy and decided to skip Fragozo turn as president.

When asked about the superintendent's allegations that Fragozo threatened to kill him, Fragazo said, “No, I didn’t do anything like that. I’m a public servant and I could never do that,.

On Friday, a judge will determine if the allegations are are credible or baseless.