5 Questions with Bob Schultz

By: Nathan Donato-Weinstein
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Eureka Union School District Superintendent Bob Schultz retires at the end of the month. But don’t expect this 59-year-old to sit still. He’s already planning on a return to the classroom, educating the next generation of teachers. Schultz, who has led the district since 2004 (he arrived there in 1998), and wife Betty Lou have three children: Kevin, 29, Kerrie, 27, and Chris, 27. The couple lives in Davis. 1. Looking back, where would you say you’ve made your biggest mark in Eureka? “I would say what we did this year in setting a plan for the future that was focused on moving toward the future rather than gloom and doom.” 2. What about being thrown into the dunk tank at the Eureka Country Faire? “That was one of the highlights. I got to do it twice because we had two Country Faires. Just the amount of joy you bring to people when they get to dunk you, because you see kids at school and they’re still laughing.” 3. You’re also a freelance writer, and have interviewed some prominent people, including Ray Bradbury and Isaac Asimov. Any of them stick out? “June Foray, the voice of Rocky and Natasha (in “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show”). She was also Granny in the Tweety bird cartoons and on the Smurfs. After I interviewed her, she called when I was working in Rio Linda, and the secretary got the phone call and came in with strange look on her face. …She said, ‘It’s Rocky the Flying Squirrel.’” 4. What are you going to miss most about the Eureka district? “The people, no question. And that includes the staff because I get into their rooms every year, and the classified staff and amazing parents we’ve had and also the kids.” 5. I understand you’ll be returning to work part time for Chapman University. But what are you going to do with all the free time you’ll have? “Getting to see my wife once in a while in daylight will be nice. We’ll be taking little short trips around California. It’ll be nice just to get away and not be thinking, ‘I’ve got that board packet to get ready.’”