CONTACT:  Michael Matthews                                 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

310.450.8338, ext. 220                                                02 MAY 2008



Administrative Changes at SMMUSD


At its May 1, 2008, board meeting in Malibu, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education approved a mutually agreed upon settlement between the District and Deputy Superintendent Tim Walker.   As a part of that settlement, Mr. Walker submitted a resignation effective June 30, 2008.  Since Mr. Walker had a three-year employment contract with the District, he is entitled to all salary and health benefits for the last year remaining on his contract, pursuant to Government Code Section 53260.


Mr. Walker began his tenure in Santa Monica–Malibu in 2005 as the Assistant Superintendent of Special Education, and then became the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services.  Subsequently, Mr. Walker was the Interim Superintendent during the search for the Superintendent, and finally became the Deputy Superintendent after the new Superintendent was hired. 


In his resignation letter, Mr. Walker stated, “After over three years of dedicated service to the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, I find that it is time for me to pursue other opportunities and part ways with an organization that has been a very important piece of my life.”  He further stated, “I value the incredible employees of the District that I have had the pleasure to work with.  They are committed to making a difference in the lives of children every day.” 


Superintendent Dianne Talarico stated, “I thank Tim Walker for his leadership, his compassion, and his commitment to helping the teachers and children of our District.”  The Superintendent is developing a new organizational structure and will be announcing that in the near future.





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