Frison resigns from CUSD
COMPTON—Compton Unified School District Interim Superintendent Karen Frison submitted her letter of resignation to the Board of Trustees during a special meeting on Tuesday, May 1.
The district is currently in the process of selecting a permanent superintendent, and Frison did not apply for the position.
Frison first took over after the trustees placed former Superintendent Dr. Kaye Burnside on administrative leave in May 2010, when allegations surfaced that Burnside misused her district credit card.
Frison was Burnside’s deputy superintendent and followed her from Contra Costa County in 2008.
The Board of Trustees terminated Burnside’s contract with a 4-2 vote on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010.
Frison faced the first state parent trigger law challenge at McKinley Elementary School on Dec. 7, 2010.
The law permits 51 percent of parents in a failing school to sign a petition and forcibly transform it by inviting a charter operator to take over, forcing certain administrative changes, or even shutting the school down completely.
Frison was recently berated during a podcast rant by Trustee Skyy Fisher, which led to his selfimposed leave of absence from the district after an outcry from the community, civil rights groups and board members for his remarks about Trayvon Martin, Frison, and alleged sexual misconduct by a Davis Middle School teacher.
The resignation preceded the Fisher incident.
“On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the community, I wanted to publicly thank Ms. Frison for her commitment and service to the district,” Board President Margie Garrett said.
Sources tell The Bulletin that the Board of Trustees has narrowed the search for a replacement, but have not made a decision.
The next Board of Trustees meeting is on Tuesday, May 22.
Frison will remain on duty until June 30, the end of the school year.