Superintendent Todd Bowden to step down
SARASOTA - After hundreds called for his firing, Superintendent Todd Bowden is agreeing to step down.
A mutual separation has been reached with the school board and Bowden. This follows an external investigation that found Bowden did not properly handle harassment allegations.
The board is set to vote on the agreement at the November 19th School Board meeting, if approved the Superintendents tenure will end on December 31st, 2019. Under the terms agreement, Bowden will go on paid administrative leave effective immediately with full salary and benefits until the end of the year, at that point he will receive 20 week's severance pay and over $65 thousand in legal fees.
Lyna Jimenez–Ruiz, one of the women suing the district for harassment and retaliation allegations against Bowden says the board made the right decision.Lyna Jimenez-Ruiz, one of the women suing the district for harassment and retaliation allegations against Bowden says the board made the right decision.
“Right now just going through the processing,” Lyna Jimena-Ruiz said. “It doesn’t change everything that this district has gone through, but it’s going in the right direction, and I’m hopeful that we will get there, so it’s just going to be one step at a time and I’m hopeful that this is the first step.”
Superintendent Todd Bowden said in a statement, "I am grateful for the opportunity to serve so many, and I hope the next superintendent will further propel this outstanding school district to excel even more." Bowden plans to stay in the area and his kids will continue their education in Sarasota Schools.