Bonita Unified. Another Year. Another New Superintendent.

Bonita Unified has found their new chief of schools. If you’re reading this with feelings of déjà vu, you’re not alone.

The district has appointed a new Superintendent almost every year for the past three years or so.

Carl Coles, who became Interim Superintendent in January after the Board placed previous Superintended Christina Goennier on administrative leave, will remain at the help of the district.

When Goennier was appointed in July 2016 she was celebrated as only the second woman to lead BUSD. She signed a four-year contract and was expected to make $232,000 annually.

She replaced Kurt Madden who was also placed on administrative leave in March 2016, having served as Superintendent for less than year, before resigning a month later. Madden was hired to lead the school after longtime educator Gary Rapkin chose to retire in 2015. Rapkin returned to lead the district for a short while following the resignation of Madden.

Coles has been with BUSD for 11 years, which may have been the reason the board decided he’d be a safe bet. He’s signed a four-year contract for $240,000 annually.

Read more about the appointment at the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.


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