Embattled Serra High School Principal Vincent Mays promoted to SD Unified job

Mays to help improve minority student achievement
Posted at 4:12 PM, Aug 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-11 19:12:41-04

SAN DIEGO - Embattled Serra High School Principal Vincent Mays has a new assignment starting this school year -- a promotion that moves him to San Diego Unified School District headquarters.

Mays had been investigated by the district for sexual harassment and making unprofessional comments to co-workers.

The district released this statement to 10News:

"San Diego Unified offered Principal Vincent Mays of Serra High School the opportunity to support the District's equity initiatives. In particular, his work will support commitments to improve student achievement and close the achievement gap for African, African American and Latino students. The district will follow normal protocol in replacing Principal Mays at Serra. It is our hope to have a new principal in place before the start of school. In the interim, qualified, experienced administrators will be put in place to provide a smooth transition. Last year, Serra students achieved an estimated 97 percent graduation rate. Working together, we are confident Serra High can achieve new levels of success in the future."

In 2015, Team 10 filed a public records request regarding complaints from teachers and administrators at Serra High. Team 10 learned the results of an investigation into Mays' behavior, which ended in disciplinary action.

Staffers in 2016 asked the school board to remove Mays, claiming he didn't get his teaching credentials from a legitimate school.