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CCUSD Superintendent Patricia Jaffe to Retire

Jaffe cited new pension reforms as the reason behind her decision to step down on June 30.

Culver City Unified School District Superintendent Patricia Jaffe will retire from her position, effective June 30.

Jaffe, who was appointed to the position in 2011 after serving as the interim director for six months, made the announcement at Tuesday night’s Board of Education meeting, citing pension reforms as the main reason for her decision.

“I have been advised this is the year to retire before pension reform undermines my retirement benefits," Jaffe said.

"It breaks my heart after all the support I have received from the community and I will always be at CCUSD in spirit," she added. "I love this district, the teachers, the staff, the parents and, above all, the students. Our students are incredible and I have seen so many of them grow up and become wonderful successes. That's the part I will miss the most."

Board member Laura Chardiet told Patch after hearing the decision that she was still "in a bit of shock. We got that information a minute before we walked into the [board meeting Tuesday night]," Chardiet said.

Chardiet added that it may have appeared at Tuesday night's meeting that there wasn't much acknowledgement of Jaffe's decision but said, "I knew if I started to go there [and say something], I'd get upset and tearful and I know Patti is that type of person who is also prone to being sentimental. We just didn't want to make our mascara run."

Having worked with Jaffe for the past two years, Chardiet said, "We get along really well. I have a lot of admiration and respect for her."

What do you think of Superintendent Jaffe’s decision to retire? Tell us in the comments.

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Holly Angel February 18, 2012 at 05:49 PM
I'm an employee of CCUSD and our district will be lost without her. We end up with people like Myrna Cote who stay a couple of years, don't do much, or give more work for teachers and then leave for another district. Ms. Jaffe is a wonderful leader and she has a heart for the staff as well as for the children.
Emily February 18, 2012 at 06:46 PM
She also has a heart for her well-stuffed pocketbook. Jaffe makes almost $270,000 a year as superintendent. Her pension will probably be more than that. She's gaming the system by quitting before any pension reform kicks in.
CARMEN CAMPOS February 19, 2012 at 10:32 PM
This is a great loss for CCUSD. I wish her nothing but the best of everything!
Cliff Shoreline February 28, 2012 at 09:07 AM
Who are the potential candidates to replace her and what is their stand on SB48? Are they in favor of it or against it? Furthermore don't like the fact that the meaning of Christmas for my child was ruined this year because board members did not have enough spine to stand up for truth because of the few who complained and don't believe in the true meaning of Christmas. What kind of foundation are you setting fo the children if you cannot stand up for real core values that sustain society instead of an agenda you are confederate about! Look where it's gotten LAUSD and all the trouble they have become for public schools nationwide!
Arthur Christopher Schaper February 10, 2013 at 01:39 AM
It's a scandal that highly-salaried officials choose their pensions over the pupils. When will this madness of mixed priorities end?

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