Julian Crocker returns as interim superintendent
–Dr. Julian Crocker returns as Paso Robles School Superintendent. He says it’s great to be back.Crocker was first elected as County Superintendent in 1998, and re-elected in 2002 and 2006. Prior to his election, he served as Superintendent of Schools for the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District for nine years. He has also been Superintendent of Schools in San Mateo and Palo Alto, California. He retired in 2015.
At last night’s school board meeting he enumerated three priorities.
First, to verify a financial plan to stop the hemorrhaging at the school district, and build a reserve fund. During Chris Williams administration, the district nearly exhausted the 7.5-million dollar reserve fund. Second, to support the district’s academic endeavors. And third, to find a permanent superintendent by July 1st.
During Public Comment, four citizens spoke out against the settlement giving Chris Williams more than $110,000 when he resigned for the district. Berkely Baker asked those members who voted for that settlement, “How do you expect us to trust you moving forward?”
Two citizens asked for full disclosure of the 4-A Foundation, which Chris Williams started at the school district. Angela Hollander cited the lack of transparency, and concern that four of the ten people on the 4-A board are Chris Williams, Rich Clayton, Field Gibson and Matt McLish.
During the meeting the board honored elementary students who performed well on recent CAASP academic testing. They also honored staff members of the Crimson, the Paso Robles High School news magazine, which won awards at a recent national convention in Chicago.