Petaluma Superintendent Taking 10 Months Off to Travel

The Superintendent of Petaluma City Schools will take an unpaid leave of absence that will last the entirety of the 2024-25 school year. Matthew Harris announced his hiatus on May 24. It will begin this August and last for 10 months.

Harris says he has decided to “travel widely” with his family.

“We view this as an opportunity for our children to see the world" and reconnect as a family, he told the Petaluma Argus-Courier

Dr. Esmeralda Mondragón, the former superintendent in Calistoga, will assume superintendent's duties in the fall. In the spring, retiring Hillsborough Superintendent Dr. Louann Carlomagno, will take over. Assistant Superintendent Tony Hua is being promoted to deputy superintendent to assist with leadership duties. Mondragón and Carlomagno are expected to be hired as acting, part-time superintendents on June 18. 

Because Harris' leave of absence is unpaid, he says the leadership change will be cost-neutral for the district.