The Clayton Valley Charter High School board fired the school's operations and athletics director after a four-hour closed session at a meeting Wednesday that brought 400 people to the multipurpose room to address bubbling personnel issues.

Pat Middendorf's termination, without cause, was effective immediately. She had helped lead Clayton Valley's conversion to a charter school.

Reached by phone the following day, Middendorf said a letter she had released publicly, outlining unconfirmed complaints against the school's executive director, was "necessary" and that there was no official protocol governing the situation.

"I felt I had to quickly get that letter out. I was being smeared," she said.

A five-minute open session preceding the board's closed session, stretched to over an hour, and public comment was limited to 19 speakers until after resuming the open session. Parents, students and concerned citizens, many who had served on organizational committees in forming the two-year old charter school, waited nearly four hours.

Upon their return, the board announced Middendorf's termination, but no mention was made regarding the employment status of executive director David Linzey, who had been the focus of a majority of the public comments -- both positive and negative -- preceding the announcement.

The board also said they had received confidential complaints on a separate matter and a third-party investigator would be engaged to conduct an investigation and prepare a report.


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Neil McChesney. director of administrative services, said the board named no specific individual or case regarding the investigation and declined, due to confidentiality restrictions, a request to clarify who or what was being investigated.

In other action at the Wednesday meeting, the board approved revised teacher contracts that had used the Mt. Diablo Education Association contract as a baseline.

"That model was thoroughly revised and edited," McChesney said.

Included in the contract is a 6 percent salary increase, retroactive to July 2013, and health benefit increases McChesney said are "significant" and "quadruple the benefit package (for a family of four)."

Following approximately 40 additional public comments, the meeting adjourned at midnight, with the remaining agenda items tabled for future meetings.