SCUSD Appoints New Superintendent

By Robert Haugh

Dr. Stella M. Kemp is the new superintendent of the Santa Clara Unified School District (SCUSD).

Dr. Stella Kemp
Dr. Stella M. Kemp

Kemp has been superintendent of San Bruno Park Elementary School District since 2017.  In 2018, she presided over the closing of two elementary schools.

She’ll step up to a K-12 district at SCUSD. And the goal is to open new schools.

Kemp says, “I’m excited to join the Santa Clara Unified family, meet everyone, and do my part to continue the upward momentum of the district! I know that it is especially important to SCUSD that we honor the trust of our community to provide for new, modern learning places for our students.”

Board President Dr. Michele Ryan said, “We are grateful that the district is in a place to attract a candidate of Dr. Kemp’s caliber to continue our work in building a world-class school district. We heard clearly from the community that they wanted the new superintendent to be a dynamic educational leader who has experience setting and implementing a vision for schools and who puts students first.”

The current SCUSD superintendent, Dr. Stan Rose, announced his planned retirement for the end of the school year.

After the 49ers won a huge tax break from the Assessment Appeals Board, Rose put out a statement saying that it was no big deal. For that, he got a Jabroni Award.

Good thing for SCUSD that Assessor Larry Stone decided to appeal the decision after the City threatened to sue. SCUSD will lose over $100 million over the next 40 years if the 49ers win the appeal.

Rose will retire on June 30, 2019. Kemp will become the superintendent the next day.  Let’s hope she thinks $100 million is a big deal.

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