Palo Alto Unified School District Associate Superintendent Charles Young will be leaving next month to take the top position in the Benicia Unified School District in Solano County, the Benicia school board announced Wednesday.
Young, who has served as associate superintendent in Palo Alto for four years, will take over as superintendent in Benicia effective July 1. His contract in Palo Alto was not set to expire until June 2017.
Young said Thursday that he's "had the goal of being a superintendent for awhile," saw the opening in Benicia and decided to apply. It's also much closer to his home in Alamo.
At a special meeting on Wednesday, the Benicia Board of Education officially approved Young's three-year contract, which includes an annual salary of $195,000.
Benicia is an approximately 5,000-student K-12 district with four elementary schools, one middle school, one high school, one continuation high school and a pre-school program. Young will be taking over for Superintendent Janice Adams, who has served as the district's top official since 2007 and announced her retirement in January.
Young came to Palo Alto in 2011 from the Pleasanton Unified School District, where he had worked as a high school English teacher, middle and elementary school principal and director of secondary education.
Palo Alto superintendent Max McGee congratulated Young on the new opportunity and said it's also an opportunity for the district to rethink the position of associate superintendent.
He described the position as almost a "catch-all job" with responsibilities that range from evaluating all site principals to processing Uniform Complaint Procedures and serving as the district's compliance coordinator for federal gender equity law Title IX.
McGee is currently working on rewriting the job description so that it's better aligned with the district's current strategic goals, he said. He will be meeting with the district leadership team next week to get their input, he said. The goal is to post the job by the end of next week and have a new hire in place before the start of the 2015-16 school year.