Superintendent Terry Grier announced several of his picks for top jobs in San Diego Unified tonight. They include current San Diego Unified administrators and educators from his previous district, Guilford County Schools. Their starting dates are to be determined.

  • San Diego Unified Insiders:
    Chief elementary school improvement officer: Carol Barry, formerly Area 1 superintendent. The area superintendent jobs are being replaced by the chief school improvement officer and school improvement officer positions under Grier’s reorganization of the district.

Elementary school improvement officer: Rupinder Boyd, formerly principal at Mann Middle School.

Chief logistics officer: Bill Kowba, formerly chief financial officer.

Chief high school improvement officer: Nellie Meyer, formerly assistant superintendent, high schools.

Chief student services officer: Arun Ramanathan, formerly executive director, government relations.

Chief human resources officer: Sam Wong. It’s the same job he had before.

  • Guilford County Educators:
    Chief elementary school improvement officer: Grenita Lathan, formerly a principal in Guilford County Schools.

Elementary school improvement officer: Karla Loria, formerly a principal in Guilford County Schools.

  • The Comeback Kid:
    Chief finance officer: James Masias, formerly director of finance in Denver Public Schools. Before moving to Denver, Masias worked as deputy assistant to the chief administrative officer in San Diego Unified, starting in June 2006, through the Broad Residency in Urban Education.

Grier also selected Charles Morris, president of the private group Edpro Consultants Inc., for a to-be-determined position, and picked Chula Vista charter school director Joe Lara as a principal (the school hasn’t been decided). Board services director Cheryl Ward said Lara was the sole employee to be approved unanimously by the board. The rest were approved 4 to 1, with the exception of Ramanathan, who was approved 3 to 2.


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