SDUSD's CFO Resigns

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    Classrooms like this one were checked out by health experts before students are allowed to return to class.

    The man in charge of finances for the largest school district in the region turned in his resignation Wednesday night, according to a published report.

    San Diego Unified School District Chief Financial Officer James Masias will resign at the end of June, according to our media partners at the voiceofsandiego.org.

    Masias was recently put on paid administrative leave but district officials would not discuss what prompted that move.

    While the school district searches for a new finance chief, its interim special projects chief will oversee the department, according to voiceofsandiego reporter Emily Alpert.

    She spoke with one former employee of Macias. You can read more about that in the full article in the voiceofsandiego.org.

    The district is already thick in the hunt for a new superintendent. Wednesday night, SDUSD board member Katherine Nakamura met with residents in her district to discuss what's most important to them.

    Luckily for San Diego, it's the right time of year to be looking. Nakamura likened it to superintendent hunting season. “You can go out and get your hunting license for a new superintendent right now,” Nakamura said. "You can get your little orange jacket.”

    “Right about now is when you should be looking for a new superintendent and we’re perfectly placed for that,” she said.

    The board plans to hold more meetings with the community later this week and then narrow down the field of candidates to about seven. Once that happens, they will invite the candidates to meet with parents and teachers before the board votes on its final choice.

    The most recent superintendent for San Diego schools was Terry Grier who left the city in September 2009 after only 18 months to take a job with the Houston Independent School District . Dr. Grier earned an annual salary of $269,000 in San Diego. According to the Houston Chronicle newspaper, Dr. Grier is expected to earn a base salary of $305,000 plus hefty bonuses.

    It's the fourth time in five years that the school board is looking for another person to take the helm.