School District Finance Chief Resigns

Ron Little leaves SDUSD for a position at a bay area community college

By Lauren Steussy and Rory Devine
|  Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012  |  Updated 10:25 AM PDT
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The San Diego Unified School District’s chief financial officer turned in his resignation papers on Monday, leaving the financially struggling district for a community college in the bay area.

Ron Little will leave his post in about 45 days, according to the district Chief of Staff Bernie Rhinerson. Word of his resignation was first published by our media partner, the Voice of San Diego.

The reason for Little’s resignation is not related to the district’s $122 million budget deficit – a shortfall that led to last week’s news that more than 1,600 teachers would receive layoff notices, Rhinerson told NBC San Diego.

Little is leaving to return to his native bay area, where he received a job offer from a community college, Rhinerson said.

"This is a major blow to our District," said SDUSD Board Member Scott Barnett.

"Ron Little is probably the most competent financial manager I have worked with in 30 years," he added. "He made recommendations without political considerations."

Superintendent Bill Kowba will form a transition team to find Little’s replacement.

“It will take a while,” Rhinerson said.

In the meantime, the district’s struggling budget will not be worsened by Little’s absence.

“It does not affect our budget,” said Rhinerson, who happened to be in DC when he spoke to us, advocating for more federal funding of California schools. “Ron’s contributions put the district in a good position.”

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