School board approves contract for new San Luis Coastal superintendent

The San Luis Coastal school board unanimously approved a three-year contract with Eric Prater to be the new superintendent for the school district.

Prater, formerly the superintendent of the Byron Union School District in Contra Costa County, will start the job Aug. 1.

Board member Phil Angel was absent for Tuesday’s vote.

San Luis Coastal Unified School District is the second largest in San Luis Obispo County, with about 6,900 students.

Prater replaced Ed Valentine, who retired June 30 after five years in the post.

Prater will earn $170,000 a year, with a 2 percent salary increase for each year that he receives a positive performance evaluation from the school board.

Prater was superintendent at the Byron school district for three years. Prior to that, he was a middle school principal in Brentwood, also in Contra Costa County, where he was charged with moving the school from a fifth-and sixth-grade composition to that of a traditional middle school with sixth, seventh and eighth grades. He has been involved in education since 1992.

Prater is a graduate of St. Mary's College of California with a background in economic and organizational leadership. He has a doctorate in organizational management from the University of LaVerne.