Santa Cruz Has Lost Nearly Half of Its Superintendents

The COVID-19 pandemic and its challenges for education have led to a mass exodus of superintendents in California. Santa Cruz County is no exception. Four out of ten of its district chiefs retired last month, Lookout Santa Cruz reports.

In a typical year, the county may see just one retirement, Santa Cruz Superintendent of Schools Faris Sabbah told the publication. In June, San Lorenzo Valley Unified, Live Oak, Happy Valley Elementary, and Mountain Elementary all underwent leadership changes. The Santa Cruz County Office of Education is paying for school boards to bring in experienced mentors, if they choose, to help coach their new hires.

Two of Santa Cruz’s retiring superintendents acknowledged they are stepping down earlier than expected. At least one of them has cited job stress from the past year as a factor.

Read more about the wave of retirements and what Santa Cruz is doing to ease the transitions here


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