School Supt. Hugh Cameron's job performance remained a heated issue this week, with one board trustee releasing a letter of support for Cameron and a second claiming that his call for the superintendent's resignation has been greeted by more than 300 phone calls of support from residents of the South Bay Union High School District.
Trustee Armando Acosta, who led a surprise move to oust Cameron last week, said his phone "has been ringing off the hook" with callers agreeing that Cameron should resign.
But trustee Noel Palm, part of the 3-2 majority that voted last week to retain Cameron, charged that Acosta's motives are political. Palm said that five-year superintendent Cameron has proved a sound educational leader, having fought successfully for increased graduation requirements and no layoffs of district personnel.
"Hugh stuck by his guns . . . and the ease with which the district was able to adjust to the longer day/longer year mandated by the state is to his credit," wrote Palm.