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Pacifica School District Picks New Superintendent

The Pacifica School District's Board of Trustees is delighted to announce the selection of Dr. Wendy S. Tukloff to replace retiring superintendent Susan Vickrey. The board will make its official announcement at a special board meeting on Wednesday, March 31. Dr. Tukloff will begin on July 1, 2010. Board President Mike O’Neill said:

“In looking for a superintendent, the Board of Trustees wanted to continue the district’s strong emphasis on the development, evolution, and support of our curriculum. The ongoing struggle we are facing due to budget cuts is for us to maintain the integrity that our community, families, and staff have come to expect from the Pacifica School District. Wendy’s experience, knowledge of, and articulation of today’s cutting-edge curriculum was very evident in her interviews with the Board and the community review panel. Wendy’s background in both a large urban district as well as a smaller suburban one gives her an insight that is valuable and needed in today’s world. Her experience with diverse populations will enable the Pacifica School District to serve all facets of our now growing student population. Wendy’s knowledge of curriculum, together with the experience of our Chief Business Official Josie Peterson, will provide the Pacifica School District the leadership team to guide, coach, and direct the 21st-century learning environment we wish to give our children. The Board of Trustees welcomes Dr. Wendy Tukloff to Pacifica and the Pacifica education community.”

The Board of Trustees retained executive search firm RJ Gatti Associates to conduct an extensive statewide candidate search. The district received 34 applications in response to its posting, which the board eventually narrowed to a pool of six finalists. The finalists were interviewed by the board and a panel of community members. The panel included three parents, the president of the Laguna Salada Education Association, a representative of the California School Employee Association, and a district principal.

Dr. Tukloff is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, where she received both her B.A. and M.Ed. She received her doctorate from California State University, Fresno, and the University of California, Davis. Dr. Tukloff is presently an assistant superintendent in the San Francisco Unified School District. Previously, she worked in the Firebaugh-Las Deltas Unified School District and Fresno Unified School District. Throughout her career she has worked as a classroom teacher (grades 1, 4, and 5), reading specialist, vice principal, elementary school principal, director for professional development programs, and assistant superintendent. Members of the school community will be invited to meet Dr. Tukloff at a district-wide open house later in the spring.


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