Morongo Basin, Ca.,- It’s not easy to be the odd man out to vote no and hold the line on spending but Karalee Hargrove sticks to her guns. The recent firing of the Morongo Unified School District Superintendent reflects the end of the past year of turmoil since hiring Cecila English. The severance package for her dismissal was 18 months of the annual salary contract of $175,000 per year.
From the very beginning of negotiations last year, Hargrove and fellow Board member Ron Palmer voted no to the increased salary to hire English with a 3-year contract. Hargrove argued for a one year contract to be reviewed at the anniversary for any extensions or increased salary but was overruled by Board members Donna Munoz, Chris Proudfoot and Ed Will.
Hargrove went the extra mile to make sure there were no misunderstandings about her objections and she refused to sign the contract for Cecelia English. I admire Hargrove for her determination and resolve.
As one member of the audience asked at last MUSD Board meeting during Public Comments…”How do you Board members explain giving away nearly $300,000 of our tax dollars to fire this Superintendent?”