EUSD appoints interim superintendent

22-year veteran of district to fill top administrator spot through June
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Eureka Union School District board of trustees appointed Rick Schrichfield to the position of interim superintendent through June 2011.

The board made the decision during its March 8 meeting. Schrichfield most recently served as assistant superintendent of human resources for eight years but has been with the district almost 22 years.

Before becoming an assistant superintendent, he served as principal of two schools.

“Rick Schrichfield is one of our most professional and dedicated employees,” said board President Jerri Davis, in a press release. “He enjoys the overwhelming support of our staff, who knows that his integrity and consistent focus on doing what is best for our children will always guide his actions.”

Schrichfield has served as the district’s top administrator since February, following the resignation of former Superintendent Tim McCarty. As interim superintendent, he will earn $13,250 a month through June.

The district and the Eureka Schools Foundation hosted numerous coffee chats and town hall meetings over the course of the past four weeks during which time Schrichfield “demonstrated his thorough knowledge and understanding of the Eureka Union School District’s needs and goals,” according to the release.

“This district has been blessed with dedicated staff, parents and school board members,” Schrichfield said. “The positive working relationship with the community has been a big factor in developing and maintaining the district’s high degree of success and I plan to work collaboratively with the board to ensure this success continues.”

The board decided not to hire a temporary replacement for the human resources assistant superintendent position. Instead, the board approved a consulting contract with former district Superintendent Bob Schultz, who will ensure all work gets done during this interim period, according to the release.

~ Sena Christian