SMUSD Business Services Chief to Retire in December

Julie Boucher
Julie Boucher

Julie Boucher, the longtime assistant superintendent of business services for the San Marino Unified School District, announced last week she soon will retire after a 32-year career in schools.
Boucher, who joined the SMUSD in 1998, announced her decision at last week’s school board meeting. She will leave the district at the end of December. In her time in San Marino, Boucher has worked for four superintendents.
“Your leadership and support have meant a great deal to me,” she told the board and her fellow administrators last week in prepared remarks. “I have wonderful memories of my years in San Marino, especially as we have collectively worked toward so many wonderful successes and accomplishments, and seen generations of students come through our schools.
“Now, with the district planning for a potential capital facilities bond program, I feel that it will be important for the district to have the leadership and support in place for the next 10 to 15 years,” Boucher added.
In retiring, Boucher said she hoped to open the door for a new business services department head to see a potential new bond issue from the ground up. Boucher oversaw the district’s previous bond measures from their beginning in 1998, and the district is publicly considering a new bond to pay for deferred facilities maintenance and improvements, should voters approve such a proposal.
“I remember seeing the green [construction] fence around Carver [Elementary School] and I thought I’d have something to do with that,” Boucher said in a phone interview. “Little did I know I would be responsible for [overseeing spending for] $70 million worth of construction.”
Having previously worked at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles and for UCLA as a systems coordinator, Los Angeles native Boucher entered public primary schools with a nine-year stint at the Glendale Unified School District as a financial analyst. During that tenure, she earned a Master of Business Administration degree in finance from Cal State Los Angeles and later a certificate in school business from Cal State Long Beach. She earned her bachelor’s degree in hotel administration from the University of New Hampshire.
Superintendent Jeff Wilson, in an emailed newsletter, praised Boucher for handling the $70 million bond measure from 1998-2006 and for her navigation of public school funding issues while at SMUSD.
“She is well-known throughout the San Marino community for helping school and community organizations navigate the financial hurdles imposed by the state and federal governments,” Wilson wrote. “She has faithfully attended and represented the district at San Marino community events, and her positive attitude and kindness to all will be missed.”
Boucher has pledged to work with Wilson and her colleagues on the executive team “to ensure a smooth transition” throughout the next few months. She added that she plans to travel with her husband and visit family members to kick off her retirement, in addition to offering whatever insight she can to help the district transition.
“I do feel that it’s important for someone to be in place with some construction background and some vision in school construction,” she added. “I will help as much as I can and come visit. I want to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible with the district.”
The district will hold an open-house reception for Boucher from 3-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at the San Marino High School cafeteria.

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