Superintendent Raymond announces resignation
Superintendent Jonathan Raymond today formally announced his plans to resign from Sacramento City Unified School District effective December 31. The Superintendent said he plans to return to his native Boston to spend more time with his immediate and extended family.
“I love my work and I love my job,” the Superintendent told reporters at a morning press conference. “But my family comes first.”
Superintendent Raymond was appointed to his post in July 2009 and has served for four and half years as head of the 12th largest public K-12 district in California.
At the press conference, Superintendent Raymond recalled meeting a parent during one of his first days on the job who asked him to “please take risks for kids.”
“It’s those words that we have lived by,” he said. “I’m proud of the things we have accomplished.” He assured the community that the bold measures put in place under his administration will continue after he leaves.
“There’s a vision and a direction and good foundation in place,” he said.
During his tenure with Sac City, Superintendent Raymond successfully implemented a number of initiatives that have improved the quality of education for children, including:
- The Superintendent’s Priority Schools initiative, a turnaround program targeting the district’s seven highest-needs schools
- Expansion of the district’s popular Waldorf-methods programs
- Establishment of Hmong, Cantonese and Mandarin language immersion programs
- Implementation of the Common Core State Standards
- Implementation of Social-Emotional Learning
- The passage of Measures Q and R
- Special Education inclusive practices
- Linked Learning pathways in high schools
- Creation of an East Sacramento International Baccalaureate (IB) track
- SCUSD’s participation in the California Office to Reform Education’s successful waiver from No Child Left Behind (NCLB) accountability rules and sanctions
In his heartfelt remarks, Superintendent Raymond said he has retained the “hope, energy and enthusiasm” that he arrived with in 2009 “because I know our children are better off than they were four years ago.”
Appearing with the Superintendent today were Board of Education President Jeff Cuneo, Vice President Darrel Woo and Board Member Patrick Kennedy.
“On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Superintendent Raymond for his tireless advocacy on behalf of our students,” said President Cuneo. “On a personal note, I have enjoyed working with you. We share the same vision and I wish you all the best.”