Lucia Mar superintendent pursuing a new job
April 29, 2015
Days after the district narrowly avoided a teacher strike, Lucia Mar Superintendent Jim Hogeboom has announced he plans to take a job in Marin County. [Tribune]
Hogeboom is in the process of finalizing a contract with the Novato Unified School District. He could begin work as superintendent of the Bay Area district as soon as July 1.
Novato Unified has fewer students than Lucia Mar, but it is located in a wealthier area. Hogeboom currently makes a base salary of $167,851.
He has been head of the Southern San Luis Obispo County district for seven years.
Seven years is a long time, and it is time for a change, Hogeboom said.
Earlier this month, Lucia Mar administrators and representatives of the district’s teachers’ union reached an agreement that put an end to a multi-month contract dispute. Prior to the settlement, Lucia Mar teachers had planned to launch a strike in mid-April, and district administrators had made preparations for a work stoppage.
For months, the teachers demanded 10 percent raises, and district officials were only offering a 2 percent bump in pay. The pay dispute ended with the two sides agreeing on a six percent raise for teachers.
Teachers Association President Donna Mandel says she hopes the district will consult with rank-and-file employees before hiring a new superintendent.