KING CITY – After a search that started in March, King City Union School district appointed a new superintendent to replace retiring superintendent William Brand.
Theresa Rouse was approved by the school board as the person to manage the district during last Wednesday’s meeting.
“I have ten years of teaching in four states and a foreign country,” said Rouse. “I have been an administrator for thirteen years, most recently at the Santa Cruz County Office of Education.”
Rouse has previously worked in South County and feels her appointment is a type of homecoming. Rouse has also worked at the Monterey County Office of Education and superintendent principal for San Lucas District. She added, “I also worked in Greenfield as a teacher for six years.”
Rouse felt the fit was right when looking for a new job. She said, “I began to apply for superintendent positions all over the county and I would think, ‘where is the best fit for me?’ I interviewed all over the nation and there was not always that strong connection as my connection with King City.”
She added, “After I met with the board in the first and second round of interviews, I felt this is right for me and it’s right for them. I found the right fit to move the district forward.”
Rouse is determined to improve academics in the district.
Rouse said, “The district has been doing well in improving student achievement. I want to continue working with administrators and teachers to continue that forward movement.”
She also promises to consider the finances and how this impacts students.
“We want to make certain the district remains fiscally sound,” said Rouse. “It has been a challenge because of all the budget cuts. We need to make sure every fiscal decision we make is getting the best bang for the buck for the students.”
Also thinking down the line, Rouse said, “We will have to adjust to common core state standards in a couple of years and make shifts in that regard.” These standards will be mandated a few years out.
This year’s California State Testing results are to be released later this summer. Rouse said, “I am looking forward to seeing newly released test results, to see further improvements.”
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