Rowland Unified School District

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Rowland USD Board Names Interim Superintendent


ROWLAND HEIGHTS, CA – JUNE 27, 2012 – The Rowland Unified School District Board of Education announced last night that Deputy Superintendent Ruben Frutos will serve as Interim Superintendent while the Board begins the process of identifying a new Superintendent. Frutos will transition into the interim role beginning September 1, 2012. Dr. Maria Ott, Superintendent, will retire in late August after the opening of the new school year.

            “I am grateful that Rowland has someone who respects our District’s culture of teaching and learning, and who will ensure that we keep our focus during the transition,” said Ott.  

            As Deputy Superintendent of Administrative Services, Frutos has overseen all district administrative operations, including finance, accounting, risk management, facilities, maintenance and operations, technology, police services, and food services. Frutos is known for his ability to maximize resources and garner new sources of funding. He has successfully accelerated the District’s Measure R school modernization and new construction program, which to date, has saved the District taxpayers more than $24 million.

            Before joining Rowland Unified in 2010, Frutos served as Assistant Superintendent of Business Services in West Covina Unified, South Pasadena Unified and Calexico Unified, and spent five years as Business Manager for Los Alamitos Unified. With a minor in Computer Engineering from University of California, San Diego, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Statistical Analysis) from San Diego State University, Frutos used his technical and analytical talents to serve 43 school districts in San Diego County as Business Advisory Services Analyst for San Diego County Office of Education. Frutos holds a Masters in Public Administration, with an emphasis in Public Finance, from San Diego State University.

The Rowland Unified School District is proud to serve 16,000 students at 20 elementary and secondary schools in the communities of Rowland Heights, Walnut, La Puente, City of Industry, and West Covina. More than 5,000 adults (16+) are also served by the Rowland Adult and Community Education School. For more information about Rowland Unified, call (626) 965-2541 or visit 


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