Upset with a process they called ineffective and shameful, community members Tuesday castigated the La Cañada Unified School District’s handling of a teacher accused of making inappropriate remarks and racial slurs.
Gabrielle Leko, a math teacher at La Cañada High, allegedly denigrated racial groups on a regular basis and referred to one of her geometry students as “Jew boy” during the 2010-11 school year. The complaint was filed by Cindy Wilcox, a current member of the board, last June. Wilcox did not run for reelection, and her term ends next month.
Though not on the board’s agenda, several people took advantage of the meeting’s open comment period to complain that the district is not doing enough to address racism and sexism.
Leko and district officials met to discuss the allegations on Oct. 26. Supt. Wendy Sinnette said the district will give notice when its investigation is complete, but added the outcome will remain private, as it is a personnel issue.