SAN DIEGO–Eight San Diego Unified veterans have been appointed Area
Superintendents by the Board of Education, putting personnel in charge of a
key feature of the district¹s reorganization, due to take effect on July 1.
The eight will in most cases each supervise two high schools and their
feeder elementary and middle schools, serving as the ultimate point of
contact for the schools in those areas. They will report to the as-yet
unnamed Deputy Superintendent for Academics, and San Diego Unified¹s new Superintendent. The eight are: Angela Bass, Rupi Boyd, Tony Burks, Brenda Campbell, David Lorden, Nellie Meyer, Marian Phelps and Mike Price.
“This is as highly-qualified a group of educators as you¹ll find at any
district in the nation,” said Bill Kowba, Interim Superintendent. “Not only
do they know education, they are almost all San Diegans and are very
familiar with our students, parents, schools and neighborhoods.”
The new Area Superintendents will handle all schools and issues in their
areas. Academic, discipline and other issues can be appealed to to the Area
Superintendent’s office, where Parent Support Liaison support will be
available to help with issues.
Here is some of the background on the new Area Superintendents:
— Angela Bass is a former San Diego Unified Instructional Leader (a
previous title for a position similar to the new Area Superintendents), Bass
returns to San Diego Unified after serving for nearly two years as
Superintendent of Instruction for the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools.
Bass will have Area 5, the cluster that includes Mira Mesa and Scripps Ranch
high schools, along with their feeder schools.
— Rupi Boyd is an Elementary School Improvement Officer under the previous organizational structure, a position similar to the new Area
Superintendents. Before becoming a School Improvement Officer, Boyd was
principal at Jackson Elementary School. Boyd will have Area 2, with Crawford High area schools, as well as responsibility for charter schools and the Charter School office.
— Tony Burks is the Executive Director Atypical and Charter Schools and
Office of Secondary School Innovation under the previous organizational
structure, Burks will have the Kearny and Hoover high school areas as part
of his Area 9.
— Brenda Campbell has served as Executive Director, Federal and Special
Programs, and will now be Area 1 Area Superintendent, with responsibilities
for the schools in the Morse and Lincoln high school areas.
— David Lorden will become Area 8 Superintendent, supervising the Serra and Henry high school areas. Lorden was most recently Director of Professional Development for Administrators and Integrated Teams; previously he was a Middle School Improvement Officer.
— Nellie Meyer has most recently been Interim Deputy Superintendent. She
will have responsibility for the Mission Bay and Pt. Loma high school area,
which will be Area 7 under the new organization. She has also served as
Assistant Superintendent for High Schools.
— Hector Montenegro is new to San Diego Unified and will take the San Diego
High School Area 3. He joins San Diego Unified after being a private
consultant and Superintendent of the Arlington Independent and Ysleta
Independent school districts in Texas.
— Marian Phelps will take office in Area 4, the Clairemont and Madison high
school areas. Phelps has been principal of the Zamorano Fine Arts Academy
Elementary, helping to raise that school¹s test scores from 740 in 2003 to
827 in 2008.
— Mike Price leaves University City High as principal and returns as Area 6
Superintendent for La Jolla and University City high school areas. Price has
been principal at Pt. Loma High School and a Principal on Special Assignment at the Education Center.
In addition, the Board appointed Shirley Wilson as Assistant Area
Superintendent for Area 1, where she will work with Brenda Campbell on
behalf of Morse and Lincoln area schools.