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McCarty resigns as EUSD superintendent

Resignation a ‘mutual agreement’ with board of trustees
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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Tim McCarty has resigned as superintendent of the Eureka Union School District, effective immediately, according to a press release issued Wednesday. The resignation is the result of a “mutual agreement” with the district’s board of trustees. McCarty served as superintendent of the district since July 2008 and oversaw the closure of Eureka School in 2009 and several other significant changes, according to the release. “The board recognizes the tremendous challenges facing all schools in California right now and while EUSD is much better off than most, new leadership will allow us to improve on our successes and move ahead as a strong, cohesive team,” said board President Jerri Davis. The kindergarten through eighth grade district serves students in Granite Bay and east Roseville. Davis told the Press Tribune in a subsequent statement that the board couldn’t discuss the specific details of the superintendent’s departure because it’s a confidential personnel matter. “The action was the result of a thoughtful and deliberative process by our board,” Davis said in the statement. The school board faced criticism in February 2010 when it admitted to inadvertently violating the Brown Act by increasing McCarty’s salary by 8 percent in 2008. Following the news, the superintendent requested that the board reduce his salary for the 2010-11 school year. His ending salary was $159,000. Renee Nash, president of the Eureka Schools Foundation, said she has confidence in the board’s decision. “I have a lot of trust in our elected board of trustees and assume they took action that was in the best interest of the kids,” Nash said. “Now we have to move forward and be supportive of their decision.” The Eureka Schools Foundation is a nonprofit organization that raises funds to support enrichment programs in the district. In her capacity as president, Nash said she only had limited interaction with McCarty. “He did a very good job of promoting the interest of the foundation and helping us raise money for the district,” she said. In recent years, the district has faced declining enrollment, teacher layoffs and budget cuts, but prides itself on its innovative programs — such as a developmental kindergarten and blended preschool program — and on maintaining small class sizes and achieving the highest Academic Performance Index scores in the region. “Overall, as a parent, I will say the district has made a lot of progress in the last three and a half years,” Nash said. “We enjoy one of the best public school districts in the region … and I hope to see that tradition of excellence continue.” Davis said the board is about to participate in several coffee chats and town hall forums where district administration, parents, principals, teachers and community members can come together to talk about the district’s budget, planned cuts and ways to continue to support the schools and needs of students. Retired Eureka Union School District Superintendent Bob Schultz will work with the district on an interim consulting basis, as the board recruits and hires a new superintendent. The board expects to hire a replacement by July 1. Sena Christian can be reached at senac@goldcountrymedia.com.