Coast Unified superintendent leaving for job in Sacramento

Superintendent Chris Adams has accepted a job with a school administrators’ group

ktanner@thetribunenews.comAugust 26, 2013 

Chris Adams, superintendent of the Coast Unified School District


Chris Adams, superintendent of the Coast Unified School District, has accepted a new job with the Association of California School Administrators in Sacramento. He said Monday his new title will be assistant executive director for the association, and his job will include an emphasis on professional development for administrators.

Adams, whose five years with the district have included innovation, accomplishments and controversy, signed his new contract late Friday. In a twist of timing, the school district had confirmed his latest contract, with an annual salary of nearly $168,000, on Aug. 8.

Judith Hillen, a member of the district’s board of trustees, said Monday, “Certainly, I wish him well. I’m excited for him and his family.” She added, “It’s not a surprise that he’s moving on. I think his new assignment is a perfect match for his expertise.”

Hillen noted that the tenure for most school superintendents is three to five years.

Now, “the district has an opportunity to examine new prospects,” Hillen continued. “The challenge for Coast Unified is to find an excellent leader for Cambria for our students and our teachers,” so the district can continue innovating with quality.

She anticipates having a good roster of candidates from which to choose.

“This is a very desirable place to be,” and many applicants would love to “lead a small district in a very beautiful place,” she said.

According to his new contract, Adams is to start at the association in 90 days, but “they want me there now,” he said Monday, standing in the high school gym as teachers streamed in to have their pictures taken for their 2013-2014 ID badges.

“I want to work with the school board so the transition plan is the best for the district,” Adams said, noting that there are various options for filling the interim between when he leaves and when the district hires a new permanent superintendent.

Adams is to meet in closed session Thursday night with the district’s board of trustees to formulate a transition plan. The trustees already have been informed of the pending change.

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