School board names John Rubio new superintendent

Published On May 15, 2014 | By Rob Arias | Education, In the Neighborhood, News, News & Commentary

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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is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who moved to Emeryville in 2003. A new parent in the community, he can often be seen walking his French Bulldog rescue "Fiona" around his Park Avenue District neighborhood, traversing the greenway on his bike or enjoying his favorite Emeryville small businesses. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.

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