The announced today that Steve Enoch, the district's superintendent, would retire June 30.
Enoch has been SRVUSD's superintendent since July 1, 2008.
Enoch announced his retirement to employees in his weekly message.
“There are many accomplishments for which we should all be extremely proud,” said Enoch. “Despite struggling with the most severe economic recession of our lives, we have not taken our eye off the ball as we have continued to address core academic skills and post-high school preparation with great success. Many of our classrooms do not look the same as they did four years ago and we can and should, take collective pride in this achievement.”
This is his 18th year serving as a superintendent, both in California and Washington State. He has spent more than 32 years in public education.
“Some have said I should not leave because the work is not yet done. What we know is that this work is never done. I feel confident however, that the energy and commitment to prepare students for their future, not our past, is in our schools and classrooms, which is where it should be,” Enoch said.
SRVUSD Board members addressed Enoch's departure in a press release sent out Tuesday evening.
“Steve has been an incredible leader for this district, and will be very hard to replace,” said Rachel Hurd, Clerk of the SRVUSD Board of Education. “He has challenged all of us to be an even better school district, and to think creatively about how we prepare students for the world that awaits them.”
"Through Steve's leadership, our district has continued to grow by all measures including student achievement, changing teaching and learning through technology, student enrollment and our focus on helping every child succeed to the best of his or her ability,” said Board of Education Member Paul Gardner. “While I congratulate him on a job extraordinarily well done and wish him a happy, healthy and productive retirement, I will miss him."
Board of education President Greg Marvel said that the board would meet soon to determine how to proceed with a new superintendent search.
“We are blessed to have had amazing leadership in this district,” he said, in the district's press release. “While Steve will be a very tough act to follow, I am confident that the candidate pool will be deep and extremely qualified, and that Steve’s successor will continue to take our district to new heights.”
The release stated that Enoch would continue to be involved in education, with interests in the challenges of urban education, leadership development, global learning connections, high school reform, and changing classrooms through the infusion of technology.
"It has been my honor to serve this school district and this community," he said.