Education

Paso Robles High principal to resign — just two months after superintendent’s departure

Justin Ruberio shakes Principal Eric Martinez’s hand after receiving his diploma at Paso Robles High School’s graduation ceremony. Martinez announced on Thursday, January 31, 2019, that he will leave the district at the end of the school year.
Justin Ruberio shakes Principal Eric Martinez’s hand after receiving his diploma at Paso Robles High School’s graduation ceremony. Martinez announced on Thursday, January 31, 2019, that he will leave the district at the end of the school year. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

Paso Robles High School Principal Eric Martinez announced Thursday he will resign from his position at the end of the school year.

Martinez, who’s served as principal since the 2016-17 school year, is leaving Paso Robles Joint Unified School District to move closer to his family, said Jennifer Gaviola, deputy superintendent, in an email.

“We are sad to see him go, but value his decision and wish him and his family the very best,” Gaviola wrote.

Martinez did not respond to The Tribune’s requests for comment.

The principal’s departure comes on the heels of former Superintendent Chris Williams’ resignation on Dec. 6.

Julian Crocker, former San Luis Obispo County Office of Education superintendent, took over as the district’s interim leader in January.

The district is also grappling with a financial crisis that will require officials to cut $3 million from the budget during the next two years.

School board trustees recently tabled plans to build a $10 million aquatic center at the high school after submitted construction bids were significantly over budget.

Martinez will stay in his position until the end of June, although the district will begin advertising for a new principal this month. Administrators hope to bring a candidate to board trustees for approval by mid-March, Gaviola said.

“Paso Robles High School is a wonderful place to work,” she wrote. “We believe we will have a very talented applicant pool for this position.”

SLO County Office of Education Superintendent James Brescia leads the Paso Robles Joint Unified School Board in its first meeting as new members are sworn after the former superintendent resigned.

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Lindsey Holden writes about housing, immigration and everything in between for The Tribune in San Luis Obispo. She also covers northern San Luis Obispo County city governments and school districts. Lindsey joined The Tribune in 2016 after working for the Rockford Register Star in Illinois. She’s a native Californian raised in the Midwest and is a proud graduate of two Chicago schools: DePaul University and Northwestern University.

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