San Luis Coastal Unified School District Superintendent Ed Valentine will retire in July after more than five years in the post.
Valentine, 61, was hired by the school district in 1997 as the assistant superintendent of educational services. He was selected as superintendent in March 2005. Before San Luis Coastal hired Valentine in 1997, he served as curriculum director for seven years in Escondido Union School District near San Diego.
The school board has not yet discussed how to proceed in recruiting Valentine’s replacement but will do so in the coming weeks at a public meeting, said Walter Millar, school board president.
Valentine began his education career teaching English in the Las Virgenes district in the Westlake area near Los Angeles. He later served as a principal for nearly a dozen years in elementary and middle schools.
Valentine has a doctorate in secondary curriculum and instruction from Brigham Young University, a master’s degree in administration from Cal State Northridge and a bachelor’s degree in English from UCSB.
“Retiring is a big decision in life,” Valentine said, adding that he decided the time was right after talking it over with his family. “I think that even though we are in difficult times, the school district is in a good place for someone new to step in.”
The school board has several options in recruiting a new leader, including hiring a consultant to conduct the search, doing it themselves or hiring from within.
“Hiring a new superintendent gives the school district a chance to reflect on where we are and our goals are for the next few years,” Millar said.
“Valentine has given us great advice and guidance on making prudent decisions, and I feel that this district is a pretty desirable place for candidates.”