Oceano Elementary Principal Ron Walton has been chosen as Lucia Mar Unified School District’s new assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. He will replace Tom Butler, who left the South County school district in June to lead the Atascadero Unified School District as its superintendent.
Walton’s new salary will be $131,726, and his start date is Dec. 1.
Walton has served as a middle school and high school science teacher, a department chair and has helped develop the science curriculum in his 30 years with the Lucia Mar district, according to a news release. He also has served as an elementary assistant principal at Dana Elementary and a principal of both Nipomo and Oceano elementary schools.
Walton will continue to work at Oceano Elementary while he transitions into his new position, and while the district begins the search for his replacement.
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The district has posted the principal opening on EdJoin, with an expected salary range of $92,530 to $108,328. It estimates that a replacement will be found by the time classes resume from winter break in January.
The new appointment is the latest in a series of high-level personnel adjustments at Lucia Mar this year.
Former superintendent Jim Hogeboom announced in May that he would leave the district to take over the Novato Unified School District in Marin County, and was followed a month later by Butler. Lucia Mar student safety and support coordinator Curt Eichperger also left the district for Atascadero to serve as its assistant superintendent of human resources.
In July, Superintendent Raynee Daley took over leadership of the district, leaving her position as assistant superintendent of business services.
Mesa Middle School Principal Andy Stenson was then chosen to fill Daley’s former position (and Nipomo Elementary School principal Brett Gimlin took over Stenson’s role). The district also hired former independent study teacher Tamara Brown, who had been with San Luis Obispo Court and Community Schools, as its new student safety and support coordinator.