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State-appointed administrator for Inglewood Unified to be announced Wednesday

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Inglewood Unified union leaders and a school board member say California’s Superintendent of Public Instruction is set to announce on Wednesday his pick to run the Inglewood Unified School District for the state. It’s the result of the school district’s rescue from bankruptcy.

Inglewood teachers union president Peter Somberg said State Superintendent Tom Torlakson met with him and other district union leaders on Saturday.

“He said that he has someone appointed, someone chosen for the position of state administrator for our district,” Somberg said.

The announcement is the latest development in a years-long process in which the school board and the superintendent it hired failed to steer the district’s budget away from bankruptcy. Despite recent cuts the 12,000 student district faced a $9 million deficit this year that it expected to balloon by the spring.

Chris Graeber, with the union that represents Inglewood Unified’s classified workers, said his members have a vested interest in a new leader who can restore public confidence in the district.

“A large proportion of our members live in Inglewood so they’re either parents, grandparents, alumni of this district,” Graeber said.

Torlakson’s office declined to comment for this story and members of Inglewood Unified’s board were not available to talk. Inglewood Unified is the first Southland school district the state’s taken over in nearly 20 years.