Janney out as superintendent at Sweetwater school district

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The tenure of Karen Janney as superintendent of the South Bay’s Sweetwater Union High School District is over.

CHULA VISTA, Calif. – The tenure of Karen Janney as superintendent of the South Bay’s Sweetwater Union High School District is over.

On Monday, the district’s school board voted, 4-1, to remove Janney, its embattled leader who had been on paid leave for two months following the release of a state audit which found evidence of financial improprieties in recent years by district leaders. Only Frank Tarantino, a trustee who stepped down as board president in June, voted against Janney’s removal.

Moises Aguirre, a former assistant superintendent in the district, now is serving as Sweetwater’s acting superintendent.

In the audit, the Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team noted a number of deficiencies in the district, including omitting or delaying “accurate and timely financial data” prior to approving salary increases and misrepresenting the district’s financial condition.

“Based on the findings in this report, there is sufficient evidence to demonstrate that fraud, misappropriation of funds and/or assets, or other illegal fiscal practices may have occurred in the specific areas reviewed,” the audit said.

Janney is a graduate of Bonita Vista High School and served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and assistant superintendent in the district, her former district biography shows.

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