A shift in administrative leadership at San Luis Coastal Unified School District will launch the new school year.
Ryan Pinkerton, director of personnel, was promoted to assistant superintendent of business services, succeeding Russell Miller, who retired at the end of the 2012-13 school year.
Pinkerton, who was the principal at Arroyo Grande High School before joining San Luis Coastal, was selected from 52 candidates.
“Ryan rose to the top for this position because of his impeccable character, distinguished professional background as an educational leader, and his superior judgment,” said Superintendent Eric Prater. “While we recognize that Mr. Pinkerton does not have a formal background in finance, he has demonstrated strong financial sense as a successful high school principal, director of personnel, and member of our executive cabinet team in San Luis Coastal for the past two years.”
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Pinkerton will attend a chief business official’s academy during the upcoming school year.
“He clearly understands what consumes over 85 percent of our budget (people) and will quickly adapt to his new role,” Prater said.
Pinkerton’s successor will be hired mid-August, with candidate interviews scheduled for Aug. 13-14.
Additional staff changes include the promotion of Diane Frost from her position as principal at Laguna Middle School to executive director of student support services.
She replaces Jackie Kirk-Martinez, who left the district for a private practice.
Kimberly McGrath was also hired as secondary director of learning, achievement and innovation. The former director, Rita Delkeskamp, will teach at San Luis Obispo High School and educate prospective teachers at Cal Poly.
In the 2012-13 school year, a district administrative position in technology was eliminated during budget cuts. McGrath will take over those duties.