James-Ward says leave is due to a filed complaint against colleague

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – It has been weeks of contentious back and forth after the Superintendent of San Dieguito Union High School District was placed on administrative leave on Friday. Two weeks ago, she was found saying offensive remarks during a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion training session. Now, her attorney says she was placed on leave not because of her comments, but because of a complaint she filed against another board member. Dr. Cheryl James-Ward’s attorney, Josh Gruenberg said to ABC10 News she “intends to pursue all legal avenues to recover the damages she’s incurred financially – emotionally and to her reputation.