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School board names John Rubio new superintendent

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Santa Cruz county assistant superintendent Dr. John J. Rubio was named Emeryville School Superintendent on Wednesday by the Emeryville school board beating out 60 other applicants. The board that oversees a district of 726 students in two schools approved Rubio’s three-year contract and $177,000 annual salary. Rubio replaces Debbra Lindo whom abruptly retired amid a veil of secrecy and speculation back in January. Rubio will begin his new position on July 1st.

Rubio’s previous experience in public education includes being the Director of Educational Technology for SFUSD from 2008-2012 and principal and teacher positions in San Francisco, Santa Monica, and Los Angeles with Teach for America according to his personal site on Google.

“At my core, I am a strong teacher,” Rubio said in a statement released by the school district. “It affects everything I do and perceive. I look forward to learning as much as I can as fast as I can.” Rubio was quoted in this InsideBayArea article.

The school board is looking to “right the ship” in the wake of a revolving door of superintendents and the construction of the controversial ECCL K-12 consolidation.

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Rob Arias

is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who lived in Emeryville from 2003 to 2021. Rob founded The E'ville Eye in 2011 after being robbed at gunpoint and lamenting the lack of local news coverage. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.

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