Wanted: New Superintendent
Gundry to leave PUSD while applying for new post in Santa Clara
By André Coleman 06/25/2014
Less than three years after taking over the Pasadena Unified School District, Superintendent Jon Gundry has announced his resignation.
According to a statement issued by the district Tuesday night, Gundry is the sole finalist to lead the Santa Clara County Office of Education.
“It has been an honor to work with the students, educators, community members and families of Pasadena Unified,” Gundry said in the statement. Gundry was not immediately available for comment.
“The district is well-positioned to continue raising student achievement and preparing students for success in the 21st century,” Gundry states.
Gundry was appointed to the superintendent’s post in July 2011.
“I wish him well in his new position. I think being a superintendent of a county education office is in line with his leadership style,” said former Board President Renatta Cooper.
Gundry has been trying to leave the district for the past year, according to sources within the district.
The exact date of Gundry’s resignation has not been set. The board will discuss the appointment of an interim superintendent during a closed session special board meeting to be held tonight at district headquarters on South Hudson Avenue.
“Jon is a fine educator whose expertise as an educational leader has had a positive impact on our students, teachers and schools,” said Board President Scott Phelps in a prepared statement “The board wishes Jon well in his future endeavors. Parents and community partners can be assured that, regardless of the change in leadership, our students will continue to learn and thrive in PUSD schools.”
Gundry led the implementation of the district’s Strategic Plan and Common Core State Standards. Under his leadership, the district entered into a partnership with the city of Pasadena as part of the School, City and Community Work Plan and won a multimillion-dollar federal grant to create magnet schools in the district’s historically underserved neighborhoods.
Gundry’s salary was $250,000 according to Cooper, who added that there are strong candidates in the district.
“I believe our Chief Academic Officer Brian McDonald is an excellent internal candidate, who should at least be our interim superintendent, and if we don’t hire him someone else will. I don’t have enough faith in search firms right now.”