Atascadero superintendent retiring
June 2, 2015
The superintendent of the Atascadero Unified School District is retiring this month after four years on the job. [Tribune]
Deborah Bowers will retire on June 30. As superintendent, she oversees the education of more than 4,700 students and the operation of eight elementary schools, one junior high, two high schools and two alternative schools.
Tom Butler, Lucia Mar’s assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, is slated to replace Bowers. The Atascadero school board is scheduled to approve Butler’s hiring at a June 9 meeting.
The board hired Bowers in 2011 at a salary of $141,135. She previously held the superintendent position at the Templeton school district.
Last year, Bowers proposed a $58 million bond initiative to raise funds for upgrades at 10 schools. Voters approved the initiative in November.
Four years prior, voters passed a $117 million initiative for improvement of school facilities. Bowers said the 2014 bond measure was needed to complete the projects initially funded by the 2010 initiative.
If Butler replaces Bowers, Lucia Mar will have multiple vacancies to fill in its administration. Lucia Mar Superintendent Jim Hogeboom is currently departing to become the head of a Marin County school district.
Atascadero High School Principal is slated to replace Bowers as assistant superintendent.
Earlier this year, Lucia Mar narrowly avoided a strike after the teachers’ union clashed with administrators for months over pay raises for its members.