New Superintendent Plans to Hit the Ground Running

Jeff Wilson
Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK
Jeff Wilson speaks before the school board for the first time after being approved as San Marino Unified School District’s new superintendent last week.

Addressing the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education for the first time, Jeff Wilson said he looks forward to the opportunity to “make you guys my true family” when he formally takes over as the district’s superintendent on July 1.
“You are my new family, like it or not,” he quipped, speaking at the school board’s meeting last week, “and I can’t wait to get started.”
Wilson, whose selection by the school board was announced May 3, with the appointment made formal with a contract approval on May 14, will become SMUSD’s 14th superintendent when the next
school year begins. He comes by way of Arcadia Unified School District, where he served as an assistant superintendent since 2014. Continue reading “New Superintendent Plans to Hit the Ground Running”

School Board Zeroes In on Superintendent Finalist

The San Marino Unified School District Board of Education awaits contract negotiations and a successful background check before it announces its presumptive hire to be the district’s next superintendent.
The board reached its decision in a closed session meeting Monday evening, according to board President Lisa Link, and expects to announce the new superintendent’s name and background by the end of the week. Districts customarily withhold the names of applicants from public record in the interest of protecting the applicants’ desires from their present employers, often neighboring school districts. Continue reading “School Board Zeroes In on Superintendent Finalist”

School Board Outlines Ideal Superintendent

It’s superintendent season, and the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education has an idea of the kind of executive it would like to lead its small, high-achieving district.
With a rough outline of an ideal candidate, hiring consultants Mike Escalante and James Guerra will begin crafting the job description and pitch with which they hope to attract a handful of strong applicants from which the board can ultimately make a hire. Board members spent much of their meeting last week summarizing what they want to the consultants. Continue reading “School Board Outlines Ideal Superintendent”

School Board to Start Superintendent Hunt

Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK Nam Jack, moments after her San Marino Unified School District Board of Education term ended, volunteered to campaign for the renewal of a district parcel tax at last week’s meeting.
Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK
Nam Jack, moments after her
San Marino Unified School District Board of Education term ended, volunteered to campaign for the renewal of a district parcel tax
at last week’s meeting.

The newly rearranged San Marino Unified School District Board of Education appears ready to start moving on hiring a new superintendent for the district, with the first step likely to be the appointment of a subcommittee to determine which search firm to hire.
Officials are looking toward hiring the school system’s new leader before summer, the better to court the strongest candidates for the job. Linda de la Torre, the assistant superintendent who handles human resources for the district, said that the board will need to play catch-up in that regard and that she’s confident in its ability to do so. Continue reading “School Board to Start Superintendent Hunt”

Report: Barth Athletics Complex on Schedule, Within Budget

Photo courtesy Gerald Schober A report on the progress of construction of Barth Athletics Complex, shown here, was presented at the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education meeting this week.
Photo courtesy Gerald Schober
A report on the progress of construction of Barth Athletics Complex, shown here, was presented at the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education meeting this week.

Having now awarded a contract for roof installation, the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education this week finished lining up all the builders it needs for the Barth Athletics Complex’s construction.
Barring unforeseen hiccups, the facility remains on schedule to be opened to Huntington Middle School students at the start of the 2019-20 school year. The school board, at its meeting Tuesday, received a project update that coincided with its awarding of the final contract. Continue reading “Report: Barth Athletics Complex on Schedule, Within Budget”

School Board Considers New Ideas on Campus Safety

An updated security assess-ment presented recently to th suggested ways of funneling campus visitors into a single controlled entry point to mitigate potential threats to students and faculty.
The board did not make any decisions regarding the recommendations, but it will include its updated information in an overall facilities needs assessment. Hal Sibley, vice president of the consulting firm gkkworks, made the presentation to the board at its Sept. 25 meeting. Continue reading “School Board Considers New Ideas on Campus Safety”

School Board President Seeks to Continue Her Work

Shelley Ryan
Shelley Ryan

She’s capping her first term on the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education by serving as its president, but Shelley Ryan hopes to bring her perspective as an educator to the table for another term in this year’s election.
Ryan said she wants to continue improving the district’s offerings to students, using the momentum from the past several years of accomplishments, not least the continuation of SMUSD’s No. 1 ranking in the state’s annual academic evaluations of school districts. Course innovation — such as collaborative efforts with the Huntington Library and Caltech — are key developments, Ryan said. Continue reading “School Board President Seeks to Continue Her Work”