The El Rancho Unified School District appointed Karling Aguilera-Fort as superintendent Tuesday.
Aguilera-Fort most recently served as assistant superintendent in the San Francisco Unified School District.
“Mr. Aguilera-Fort is an exceptional educator with a passion for improving and enhancing educational opportunities for students,” school board President Aurora Villon said in a statement. “He has demonstrated that he will be a collaborative and student centered leader who will help our schools and students succeed.”
Aguilera-Fort’s appointment comes nine months after the board fired Martin Galindo, who had been in the position since 2013. Galindo was a popular figure in the district and was widely credited with guiding the district into financial stability after it faced a potential state takeover in 2014.
At the time of his firing, Todd Zola, a physical education teacher at North Park Middle School, said the decision pointed to a lack of transparency in the district.
“At board meetings, we’ve been bragging about what’s been happening for the last 2 1/2 years,” Zola said, referring to Galindo’s tenure. “You guys say you’re making every decision in the best interest of our kids. Having a new superintendent? Is that in the best interest of our kids?”
More recently, teachers union president Margaret Martinez-Ingle has expressed dismay that the board was not updating the teachers union about the search for a new superintendent.
“People ask, ‘How close are we to finding a superintendent? Do we know who is being considered?’” she asked at a July 18 board meeting. “We don’t know. We…
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