Cabrillo Unified’s Superintendent to Retire

Cabrillo Unified School District Superintendent Jane Yuster will retire this summer after four years on the job. Yuster announced her decision earlier this month with an effective date of July 1.

“I am gratified and honored that I had the chance to work with our community for the betterment of our Coastside public school students,” Yuster said in a statement. “One of my favorite days of each year has been sitting at our high school graduations, knowing our country will be in good hands with the next generation of our students.”

Yuster has been credited with a number of accomplishments during her tenure, including efforts to revamp students’ digital access, the expansion of mental health services, and the passage of a $99 million bond to fund school repairs. That bond, Measure M, did give way to some controversies, however. Yuster also faced criticism from parents after the December arrest of a Farallone View Elementary School custodian charged with lewd acts with minors.

But as Board President Sophia Layne remarked, the job of superintendent is always a challenge and “not for the faint of heart.”

“I value her leadership so much,” said Layne, as quoted by the Half Moon Bay Review. “When she took the reins four years ago, she helped us make a lot of progress, which is sometimes hard to see on a day-to-day (basis).”

A new superintendent has not yet been chosen. District officials will provide the public with an opportunity to weigh in on the process sometime next month.