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Rowland Unified School District Names Julie Mitchell as New Superintendent

Rowland Unified School District names Julie Mitchell as new superintendent

Julie Mitchell receives flowers from Board President Heidi Gallegos after she was announced by the Rowland Unified School Board as the new Superintendent of Schools for Rowland Unified in Rowland Heights on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda/ San Gabriel Valley Tribune) 
The newly appointed Superintendent of Rowland Unified Julie Mitchell, right, is greeted by a faculty during the school board meeting in Rowland Heights on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda/ San Gabriel Valley Tribune) 

After a year of infighting and turmoil, the Rowland Unified School District named a new superintendent on Tuesday. Julie Mitchell, the chief personnel officer for the Tustin Unified School District, will serve as Rowland’s top administrator.

“Dr. Mitchell stood out among the highly qualified field of candidates for her passion and proven track record in making student-focused decisions that support academic success,” said RUSD school board President Heidi Gallegos. “She has in-depth expertise in instructional strategies and models using technology, innovative professional development programs and breadth in curriculum.”

The search for a new superintendent began last April, when Superintendent Ruben Frutos decided to step down. His tenure was marked by hundreds of teachers demanding that Frutos resign.

In February, the Association of Rowland Educators asked the board to search for a new superintendent.

The board hired Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates to provide input on the qualities desired in a new superintendent. The firm held focus groups, community meetings and an online survey to canvas the community. Click HERE for entire story!

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