Trustees of the San Diego Unified School District voted Jan. 27 to buy out the contract of Superintendent Alan Bersin.
Bersin has been a polarizing figure since he took the school district’s top job six and a half years ago. The school board has been split over his performance. The teachers union has been vocal in criticizing his policies.
Bersin’s last day with the school district will be June 30. His contract was originally scheduled to end June 30, 2006. The district will pay him $240,000 and continue his insurance coverage through June 2006.
Bersin spent the mid-1990s in San Diego as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of California.
The school district, serving the central and southern portions of San Diego, is California’s second largest, serving 138,000 students.