No censorship for Petero as Fairfield-Suisun board meets in special session


FAIRFIELD — Speculation that Fairfield-Suisun School District administrator Ana Petero might be censored by her colleagues this week has proven untrue.

Petero indicated in an email to the Daily Republic that such censorship was imminent.

The directors gathered Thursday evening for a special closed-door board meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss a dispute with an attorney, board chair Bethany Smith said.

Some speculation about what to discuss in the closed session had circulated beforehand, Smith said.

“It’s sad for me that things are taken at face value without any information about the facts. Everything is based on assumptions and rumours,” she said.

Petero in his email speculated that she was the subject of the closed session and should be censured for her actions over the past two months for school visits and alleged violation of Brown’s Law.

Bethany Smith

The alleged Brown Law violation centers on discussing information that was handled behind closed doors with members of the public. Petero denies that such a breach occurred. Additionally, two formal complaints have been filed due to Petero’s behavior and interaction with parents and students and an informal complaint has also been filed.

The complaints were detailed in a letter from Smith to Petero, a copy of which Petero provided to the Daily Republic. Petero also provided a copy of his written response to Smith.

“No action was taken at the board meeting,” Smith said.

For Petero to be censured, the matter would be put on the agenda and made public without a majority of the board, Smith said.

“That didn’t happen,” Smith said.

The board has already censured Petero, who was elected in November 2020.

The agenda for the next Thursday evening meeting was posted on the school’s website without a point of censorship from Petero. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the central office, 2490 Hilborn Road, Fairfield. To watch the meeting online, go to www.fsusd.org/Page/13970.

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