La Cañada Unified officials admitted during a meeting Tuesday that mistakes were made last year in the handling of complaints against a local math teacher, and promised to sharpen district policies to better address future concerns.
The comments came during a presentation on the district’s public complaint procedure, requested by members of the community rankled by what they described as a failure by administrators to take past issues seriously.
Supt. Wendy Sinnette and outgoing school board President Susan Boyd told audience members that they were legally barred from commenting on the specifics of the complaint against Gabrielle Leko, who was accused of addressing a ninth-grade geometry student as “Jew boy,” among other offenses. Boyd, who is remaining on the board, handed the gavel to current President Scott Tracy at a later part of the meeting.