Cindy Cathey has announced that she will retire as Superintendent of San Leandro Unified School District in June.
“After serving in many different roles in the district, it is my intention to retire at the end of this school year,” Cathey said in a press release.
Cathey first joined the District as an elementary school teacher, going on to serve as a vice principal and principal at Wilson Elementary before her appointment as the District's Director of Curriculum and Instruction.
In 2005 she was hired as the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services.
She has been Superintendent for the last three years.
Cathey earned her Master’s degree from St. Mary's College and her Bachelor’s degree from California State University, San Jose.
SLUSD Board President Diana Prola praised Cathey’s accomplishments, including:
- directing the construction of the Arts Education Center, the Career Technical Center, and renovations at every school in the City.
- presiding over the passage of Measure M, a school facilities bond to upgrade athletic and playground facilities;
- working to pass Measure L, a school funding parcel tax.
- pushing for a Community Health Center for students.
“The Superintendent works tirelessly, and is highly respected by staff, community members and the Board of Education,” Prola said. "She has created a legacy of educational upgrade, and she will be greatly missed.”
The Board of Education will discuss creation of an ad-hoc committee to address the hiring of a new Superintendent at its next meeting.
What do you think of Cathey's tenure? What qualities would you like to see in her replacement?