Inglewood Unified School District County Administrator Dr. Erika Torres issued an early morning email announcing her medical leave to staff.
Torres states she will be out until July 13, 2022, where she will “focus my energy on my family, my wellbeing and healing”.
In my absence, Dr. Duardo, our L.A. County Superintendent of Schools has designated Dr. Art Cunha to serve as the Administrator in Charge for my role as the County Administrator. During this time, and under the direction and supervision of Dr. Duardo, Dr. Cunha will exercise all authority of the County Administrator of the Inglewood Unified School District, including the powers of the Inglewood Unified School Board of Education.Dr. Erika Torres
Dr. Torres became an enemy of Inglewood taxpayers when she hoarded millions of dollars in Measure GG bond proceeds, developers fees, and parking fees while not investing in the schools as taxpayers believed those dollars would be used.
Torres also caught the ire of the community when she announced the closure of Warren Lane Elementary School due to “declining enrollment”. Various FCMAT reports detail the manner in which district leaders stopped communicating with them after the passage of state legislation that offered schools with loan debt to the state, a financial windfall for closing schools.
Torres got dragged into an impromptu Town Hall where the Inglewood mayor made assertions about what he and Torres would do to address the debt the district took out in 2012.
The Inglewood mayor has a long history of being forceful with IUSD administrators going back to Dr. Don Brann when he was forced to apologize for comments made in an article that the mayor and community didn’t like.
Speculation is running rampant if she will return or not. In the meantime, LACOE has placed Art Cunha in charge despite the issues he faced in his previous employment.
Is this her exit strategy now that the damage is done?