SANTA MONICA-MALIBU UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

PRESS RELEASE

Contact:    Board of Education

310-450-8338, ext. 241

For Immediate Release

February 16, 2006

 

THE SANTA MONICA-MALIBU UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT’S BOARD OF EDUCATION ANNOUNCES THE POSSIBILITY OF A NEW SUPERINTENDENT

 

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s (SMMUSD) Board of Education announced today it has received confirmation that Dr. John E. Deasy, Superintendent of Schools is the lead candidate for the position of Superintendent of Schools in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Prince George’s County District has 136,000 students and oversees 200 schools. It is the nation’s 17th largest school district. Board President, Julia Brownley said, “ We wish Dr. Deasy well and know he is capable of doing remarkable things for the students of Prince George’s County, just as he has done for the students and families of Santa Monica-Malibu. We will miss his leadership and vision greatly, but understand this is an opportunity to help urban education in this country.”

 

The Board is clear that the mission, vision, and remarkable trajectory of improved student achievement will continue. Again President Brownley stated, “We are very lucky to have the leadership team we do in our central office and in our schools. Our principals and district leaders are fantastic and will continue the work of raising the achievement of all students while simultaneously closing the achievement gap.  It is because of the quality of our communities, faculty, and leaders that we look forward to continued progress and great results for our students.”  The SMMUSD Board of Education maintains its firm belief that the gains in student achievement, the solid fiscal condition of the district, the plans for continued improvement and the strategic long-range facilities master plan will continue without interruption.

 

When Dr. Deasy’s post is confirmed, the Board will be meet to prepare the process for a national search for his replacement and will name an interim Superintendent to assure continuity and the strongest leadership through the transition and selection process. Details about these decisions will be made available as soon as they are completed. It is expected that Dr. Deasy would begin his new duties in Maryland on or about May 1, 2006. The Board wholeheartedly and unanimously wishes him well and much success!

 

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Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District

1651 16th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404

310-450-8338  fax 310-581-1138  www.smmusd.org