Board members stood behind their two-paragraph statement and declined to elaborate on what precipitated Jolly’s resignation.
“That statement pretty much speaks for where we are right now,” said school board member Debbie Kukta.
The announcement of Jolly’s resignation six months after he was hired was the latest shake-up of Burbank Unified’s leadership. Deputy Supt. Joel Shapiro — the district’s No. 2 official — recently took the superintendent position at South Pasadena Unified School District, weeks after Sue Boegh, a longtime aid within educational support services, retired.
Sources inside and outside the district said much of Jolly’s criticism came from management style, which some described as “suffocating” and “overbearing.” But Jolly’s defenders said he was hired with a mandate to modernize the district, and some did not embrace his methods.
The statement issued Monday night was written in conjunction with attorneys from both sides, school board members said.
“The agreement was that we would have this be a stand-alone statement,” Kemp said.
Jolly said he supported the statement but declined to elaborate. Board members said the search for a new superintendent would heat up in March. The same firm involved in Jolly’s hiring last year, Leadership Associates, will begin to send notices of the vacancy, officials said.
The school board has not formally discussed the process to hire a new superintendent, but members confirmed that Leadership Associates was expected to be involved. The board had organized several focus groups comprising varying constituencies to develop criteria for candidates.
“We already have the focus group results, and I think we’re going to go out and just — we haven’t talked about it, this is just in my mind — but we’ll have the search firm put out feelers and get some candidates we can look at,” Kukta said.