Los Angeles schools Superintendent John Deasy would not comment Friday on reports that he plans to leave the nation’s second-largest school district after less than three years in charge.
Deasy’s potential departure was reported Thursday evening by the Los Angeles Times, which said “high-level district officials” in the Los Angeles Unified School District confirmed the superintendent had told school board members he planned to leave his post in February.
Board of Education President Richard Vladovic had spoken with Deasy Thursday, the newspaper reported Friday, noting that two other board members said they had not heard from the superintendent.
Reached by KTLA on Friday via text message, Deasy responded that he was not discussing the topic.
“For the record I have not submitted a letter of resignation,” Deasy wrote in a text message. “Glad to talk next week.”
Deasy has his annual review with the seven-member Board of Education scheduled for a closed-door meeting Tuesday.
The LAUSD leader — a high-profile figure in the education field nationally – had not made a public appearance by midday Friday.
Deasy took his current role in April 2011 and has a contract that brings him $330,000 annually.
He and the 650,000-student district have come under fire for security problems with a $1 billion initiative to give an Apple iPad to every student.
Disagreements with the teachers union over the evaluations process, as well as a continuing scandal over sexual abuse of students, have also marred Deasy’s reign.
In April, 91 percent of the union’s 17,500 members who were polled supported a “no confidence” finding on Deasy’s leadership.
“Under John Deasy’s leadership, teacher morale was at the lowest point that any of us could remember,” UTLA Warren Fletcher said Thursday night. “I’m a 29-year teacher and I don’t remember teacher morale being ever as low as it has been.”
KTLA’s Eric Spillman contributed to this report.