The Pleasanton school board, already beleaguered by multi-million-dollar cutbacks in state aid for the current school year, will take on another challenge in October when it starts the recruitment process to find a new superintendent for the unified school district.
Superintendent John Casey announced his retirement Thursday, saying that his last day with the school district will be June 30, the end of the 2009-10 school year.
He has been with the district since 2002, recruited by the school board at that time from the Pajaro Valley Unified School District in Watsonville, where he was the superintendent.
"It's certainly been a wonderful seven years so far," he said. "I look forward to the last year being a good one. There are certainly challenges that we face, but the schools are strong and the organization is healthy."
In its search for Casey's replacement, it's likely the school board will turn to an outside search group. Once applications come in, the board will screen a pool of candidates to then interview. Typically, Casey said, the district would want to have selected a candidate by the middle of May to start on June 1.
In June, Casey hinted at possibly retiring "in the next year or two," after his home went up on the market. When he came to the school district, he was granted a $200,000 loan by the district, of which he said he still owes about $180,000 which will be paid upon the sale of the house.
While his home hasn't sold yet, he and his wife still plan to eventually relocate to nearby Brentwood where they are originally from and where family resides.