Rialto Unified School District

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 02/13/14, 12:10 PM PST | Updated: 4 hrs ago

Rialto >> The top two administrators in the Rialto Unified School District being out on paid leave for the past five months have cost taxpayers the equivalent of three veteran teachers during that time. But the pair won’t be in limbo much longer, according to board members.

The school board weathered criticism by community members at their Wednesday night meeting over their handling of the case.

“It is past time for you to take responsibility as board members to improve the morale and efficiency of the district,” former district employee Rafael Chavarria told the board during the public comment portion of the meeting. “We are looking for you to be the leaders you were elected to be.”

Harold Cebrun, who has been the 26,485-student district’s chief executive since 2009, is getting paid a $240,600 salary for the 2013-14 school year. Deputy Superintendent James Wallace is getting paid a $170,501 salary this school year.

Both men have been out on paid administrative leave since September, apparently as part of the fallout from the investigation into former district accountant Judith Oakes, who had a personal relationship with Cebrun.

Cebrun, who has denied having a romantic relationship with Oakes, is not a suspect in her embezzlement case, according to Rialto police. She is accused of stealing $1.8 million in lunch money from the district’s Nutrition Services Department over the past eight years.

She has pleaded not guilty.

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