Head of Marin’s largest school district resigns

The Novato Unified School District has announced the resignation of its superintendent, Kris Cosca. Word came via a press release Monday night.

“It has been a privilege to serve the students, families and staff of the Novato Unified School District and to work in a wonderful community so supportive of their schools,” said Cosca, who has been with the district for the past six years.

“Kris has been tireless in his leadership of the district, especially during the unprecedented and challenging period the COVID-19 pandemic presented, just six months into his first year as Superintendent,” said Board President Ross Millerick.

Cosca’s tenure was complicated by a series of challenges, including the coronavirus pandemic and related school closures, a looming $2.8 million budget deficit, and controversial cost-cutting measures.

Former NUSD Superintendent Dr. Jan La Torre-Derby has been appointed interim superintendent by the head of the Marin County Office of Education, Mary Jane Burke. Cosca’s resignation takes effect June 30.