Superintendent of the San Diego Unified School District Dr. Lamont A. Jackson speaks during a celebration of the new three-story facility at Crawford High School in El Cerrito on Feb. 8, 2023.
Superintendent of the San Diego Unified School District Lamont Jackson speaks during a celebration of the new three-story facility at Crawford High School in El Cerrito on Feb. 8, 2023. / Photo by Ariana Drehsler

San Diego Unified has launched an internal investigation into Superintendent Lamont Jackson, but officials will not share why they are investigating him.

In an email, Maureen Magee, San Diego Unified’s spokesperson, wrote “The district is precluded from commenting on personnel matters. All allegations received by the district are taken seriously and investigated.”

When asked what she could share about the investigation into Jackson, San Diego Unified Board Member Sharon Whitehurst-Payne said, “the lawyers are handling it.”

Two other board members declined to comment.

The lawyers are from the Los Angeles firm Sanchez & Amador, which the district retained in April, according to board meeting filings. The contract states that the law firm will “represent (San Diego Unified) in sensitive internal investigations.”

Further language in the contract points to a specific investigation prompting the firm's retention. “You have represented that you have authority to begin the investigation without the need for board approval,” the letter reads.

The contract also notes that partner Lupe Valenica, who specializes in workplace investigations, will be assigned to the district and will charge $540 an hour, though the district estimated in its filing that the firm’s services would total $100,000.

San Diego Unified hired Jackson in 2022 after former Superintendent Cindy Marten was appointed the United States Deputy Secretary of Education. Jackson, who has worked for the district for more than three decades, was awarded a four-year contract with a $375,000 annual salary – nearly $100,000 more than Marten made.

Jakob McWhinney is Planetcob's education reporter. He can be reached by email at jakob@vosd.org and followed on Twitter @jakobmcwhinney. Subscribe...

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    1. My view? $375k a year and no thought given to what the children have been eating since 1980. Chicken nuggets and cardboard pizza, while the members of the school board & thier governing board of attorneys and superintendents scarf the leafy greens, non gmo and organic elite ingredients. Pay cuts are in order as well reduced number of superintendent positions. Let them eat thier lunch they approve as food to our children.

  1. My view? $375k a year and no thought given to what the children have been eating since 1980. Chicken nuggets and cardboard pizza, while the members of the school board & thier governing board of attorneys and superintendents scarf the leafy greens, non gmo and organic elite ingredients. Pay cuts are in order as well reduced number of superintendent positions. Let them eat thier lunch they approve as food to our children.

    1. Typically, I would agree with you. However, there appears to have been a change recently (last month?) that would deem your comments as untrue. My son (6th grader), who is VERY picky about food, has actually been very excited for the lunch food they have begun serving at his middle school (Dana MS). He has yet to come home disappointed, which is a big deal considering how picky he is.

      I will agree that his salary of $375k is absolutely absurd.

      1. His salary is much higher than 375K. It's public record and can be looked up. His “vacation payouts” should show up in Transparent California. It's hard to look it up on my phone but I'll update this when I'm able to give you the amount. It's appalling!

    1. What is absolutely appaling is not only his salary but the layoffs/closing positions for 24-25FY & most likely 25-26FY!
      The amount of fraud, waste & abuse that has been going on in the district, without oversight, for decades needs to investigated & audited! It has been reported internally but it has been swept under the rug & the executive leadership, legal department & the BOE know about it!

  2. I’m glad he’s getting investigated. I can’t stand him. He acts all self righteous and doesn’t care about his constituents. Completely ignores people and does a lot of virtue signaling. Resign!!!!!!

    1. Everyone will be dancing around the issues, scared to say anything because he is afro-american, you dare say anything negative and you are a racist.

      1. I’m an African American and I called him and my former principal Michael Dodson “Uncle Toms” and I was also called a racist.

        Both of them don’t really think they are black because they have white blood in them.

    2. Suzy, will you please site specific examples of the “virtue signaling” you are describing Jackson engaged in?

  3. Schools that are getting their music programs taken away could really use that money. Such a shame☹️

  4. DEI programs seem to be effective. Your kids can’t read at grade level and management is stealing.

    1. I’ve been vocal about Lamont Jackson on this particular website since 2014 but nobody listened to me.

      I saw this coming eventually. Shame it took so long.

      Lamont Jackson has cost many great educators, teachers and principals, their jobs and careers because of his blind ambition to become superintendent. There are MANY witnesses out there to testify against him, if he ever gets prosecuted.

      I am vindicated.

  5. The guy's a total slimeball! He's also had a lot of extra-marital affairs. Possibly with other staff, but I'm not 100% sure. Yesterday he was at a graduation ceremony and when he was announced he barely got any applause. Whenever you talk to him you feel like you need a shower to rinse off the slime. It's so sad that it seems that only those kinds of greasy people rise to the top positions. I guess you have to know how to play the game.

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