North County Monterey Superintendent Quits After 12 Years

North Monterey County Unified School District Superintendent Kari Yeater resigned abruptly Thursday after an impressive 12-year run as superintendent and 18 years with the district.

Yeater had received a satisfactory evaluation for the 2023-2024 school year. However, a group of parents had been lobbying for her ouster. They blame her for a lack of morale, declining academics, and lapsed maintenance at schools.

Yeater will receive a payout equivalent to one year’s salary, or $269,965. She’ll also get health and welfare benefits for up to 12 months plus $48,845 for unused vacation.

Some school board members offered glowing praise for Yeater.

“You are the reason I joined,” said Trustee Martha Chavarria. “Your vision and the passion you brought to this district was so transparent.”

NMCUSD is one of at least four schools in the region now searching for a new superintendent. The others include Carmel Unified, Pacific Grove Unified, and Pajaro Valley Unified.

“My heart will always hold a special place for North Monterey County USD,” Yeater said in a statement. “I am truly in awe of our students. They are bright, future leaders who are kind, talented, and thoughtful, and who will be a voice in guiding the parents, staff, and community members in what they want to see in their school community."

Associate Superintendent for Business Services Mary Dawson is now serving in the acting position.