BRENTWOOD -- The Brentwood school board is expected to determine the fate of Brentwood schools Superintendent Merrill Grant's employment with the Brentwood Union School District at a Wednesday night meeting. This decision follows the board placing Grant on paid administrative leave last Friday.

Earlier this week, board President Carlos Sanabria said that the board was seeking new leadership for the district to improve communication with staff, parents and the community.

Grant's leave and disciplinary actions against three unnamed district employees were disclosed following a lengthy closed-session board meeting late Friday. This followed major public outcry from Brentwood parents over the district's handling of teacher Dina Holder, who was convicted of kicking a 5-year-old student with autism in 2010 but allowed to continue teaching.

The open session of tonight's meeting will begin at 8 p.m., preceded by a 6 p.m. closed session at the District Service Center, 255 Guthrie Lane, Brentwood. The board is also expected to announce the appointment of an interim superintendent, Sanabria noted.

Grant joined the district in July 2007 when he moved with his wife and children from Penn Valley. He had served as the superintendent of the Williams Unified School District in Williams and previously was the superintendent of the Ready Springs district in Penn Valley and principal and teacher before that.

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