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310.450.8338, ext. 229                                                07 JUL 2008



SMMUSD Board of Education to Appoint Interim Superintendent


The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education is scheduled to approve the appointment of Tim Cuneo as Interim Superintendent of the District on Thursday, July 10, 2008.  Mr. Cuneo replaces Dianne Talarico, who recently accepted a Superintendency in Northern California.  Mr. Cuneo brings extensive experience in all aspects of K-12 education, including student achievement, curriculum development, governance, budget management, and community relations. 


As Interim Superintendent, Mr. Cuneo will be responsible for all day-to-day activities within the District. 


“After hearing from parents, assessing our needs, and interviewing four highly qualified former Superintendent's, we are thrilled to offer the Interim Superintendent position to Tim,” said Board President Oscar de la Torre.  ”As the District continues to provide excellent education for its students, Mr. Cuneo’s experience will be a critical and strategic part of our plan to strengthen governance, improve special education, and implement school construction plans as outlined in Measure BB.  He brings extensive background in Board protocol, policy development, and team building, which will deliver an immediate benefit to our District.”


Most recently, Cuneo served as senior partner with Cuneo-Zinner Group in San Jose, CA, specializing in organizational development for both public and private educational ventures. In 2007-08, he served as the Foreman pro tem for the Santa Clara County Grand Jury. Prior to that, Cuneo was Interim Superintendent for Scotts Valley Unified School District and Senior Executive Director for 21st Century Education Initiative as part of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network.  In his role with Joint Venture, Cuneo was responsible for all aspects of the highly successful public/ private partnership investing in K-12 school reform. 


From 1966 to 1996, he held numerous Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, and Dean of Curriculum and Instruction positions with Oak Grove, Whisman, Pajaro Valley Unified, and Fremont Union High School Districts. 


Cuneo is a former president of the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA).  In addition, he has served on a variety of boards from PACE (Policy Analysis for California Education), the Tech Museum of Innovation, Hewlett Packard Employee Scholarship Committee as well as the Xerox National Education Advisory Council.  Cuneo holds a BA in Biological Science from Chico State University, an MA in Counseling and Guidance from University of Santa Clara, and a California Administrative Credential from San Jose State University.        


About the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District serves approximately 10,500 students in grades K-12.  The District has sixteen schools; eleven elementary schools, two middle and two high schools, one continuation high school, and early childcare.  Santa Monica-Malibu Unified schools are ranked as some of the highest performing public schools in Los Angeles County. In partnership with families and the community, the mission of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is to promote extraordinary achievement for all students while simultaneously closing the achievement gap.





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