Paso Robles school board to hire local educator as new superintendent

May 8, 2019

Curt Dubost

At the end of a turbulent school year that included the resignations of high-ranking officials and the district incurring an approximately $3 million budget shortfall, the Paso Robles school board has selected a longtime local educator to serve as the next superintendent. [Cal Coast Times]

On Tuesday, the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District announced current San Miguel Superintendent Curt Dubost has been selected to take over the superintendent’s position in Paso Robles. The Paso Robles district offered Dubost, who previously came out of retirement to take the San Miguel position, a three-year contract, which the school board is expected to approve on May 14.

Last December, then-superintendent Chris Williams left the Paso Robles district less than four months after receiving a new contract with a base salary of about $215,000. Williams announced his resignation on the same day that the district’s athletic director and student services director also announced their resignations. A couple months later, the principal of Paso Robles High School announced he would resign at the end of the current school year.

Williams’ resignation also came at about the same time officials revealed the school district was faced with a $2.1 million shortfall for 2019-2020 and an additional $800,000 shortfall in 2020-2021. The district’s reserves had been depleted to 1.73 percent, which is below a state-mandated minimum reserve level.

As part of approximately $2.15 million in budget cuts, the district announced it would grant 30 teachers and nine other staff members early retirement. The district still must make cuts to close the 2020-2021 budget gap.

The Paso Robles school board selected Dubost from a pool of more than 30 candidates who applied for the superintendent’s position. Prior to retiring and then coming out of retirement in 2009 to lead the San Miguel district, Dubost served as superintendent of the Templeton Unified School District from 1992 to 2002 and superintendent of the Taft Unified School District from 2002 to 2007.

Dubost holds both a bachelors and a masters degree from Stanford, as well as a doctorate in education form the University of Southern California. He also comes from a family of educators with roots in North County dating back to the 1880s.

The multi-time superintendent’s wife, Kate, is a retired educator who worked for the Atascadero and Paso Robles districts. Dubost’s son, Ted, currently serves on the Templeton school board.

Board President Joel Peterson said Paso Robles trustees were searching for a candidate who had experience and leadership skills for guiding the district, and they are very happy with Dubost’s experience as a school administrator.

“I am very proud of the confidence they have in me,” Dubost said. “My commitment to students has shown in all the districts where I have worked, and I plan on people seeing my commitment to students in Paso Robles as well.”

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The Dubost Family has a long, rich history in SLO Co., and being forthright, hard-working, & honest is a family legacy. When I read this, my immediate reaction was: awesome decision. A local. Not a carpet-bagger who guts our local schools, collects their pay, and moved on to their next job.

The school district picked a person who is heavily invested in our community and is going to be around for the long haul. Great decision!!

I think Dubost will do an excellent job getting Paso back on track. Look how he has done with other school districts. And I don’t believe he is a double Dipper. Most likely he had to un- retire to go back to work as they usually don’t allow you to work more than 960 hours in a year and collect your retirement. And as a native son, I think he is more in tune what the local community wants.

What happened to the concept of working very hard and planning a future when young then retiring happily ….Seems people think they’ll be happier the more money they make ….the only problem with that concept is ….the more a person makes they usually spend more… they would be much happier to live modestly and retire where they can afford a decent and satisfying retirement life.

This is for sure going to save the district money, particularly during the X-mas season as there will be no need to pay money to some flunkie to play Santa Claus.

Another double dipper? retirement and a salary? If you are looking for places to cut start with the administration.

Fine choice. Best of luck