San Dieguito Union High School Superintendent Resigns

The head of the San Dieguito Union High School District resigned abruptly on Friday, one month before his contract was set to expire.

Robert Haley issued the following statement:

It was an honor to be the superintendent of San Dieguito Union High School District. I enjoyed my time serving the students, families, staff and community. I will always be a student- centered leader and decision-maker, and I truly love the students of SDUHSD. The creation of our student summit, although in response to tragedy, allowed me to have great insight into our students’ thoughts, concerns, hopes and questions. This guided my work and led to our district to have a statewide reputation for caring about the daily experiences of our students. I thank the leadership team I had the privilege of working with on a daily basis. They are as strong as any team in the state of California. I thank the support staff who were always amazing and dedicated, and were there every day we needed them when we entered the COVID-19 period of time. I thank the teachers and faculty who were also always dedicated to their profession, who pivoted in response to COVID-19 and were flexible to ensure all students received an education, regardless of their circumstances of learning at home or at school. I thank our families who are so supportive of not just their own students but our schools, foundations, parent teacher organizations, athletic and extracurricular programs. All of this combined together makes for a truly supportive school community.

This past year has been one with many challenges impacting our community and our nation. For many families and students, I know this past year has been hard on them and, for many, learning at home was, and is, not ideal and has caused stress and harm. I worked as hard as I could to ensure those families were supported and their students could return to campus. It is my fervent hope that the district and the state continue on this path. At the same time, we must remember the students at home and ensure they are supported as well.

I enjoyed spending as much time as possible on school campuses interacting with students, teachers and staff to truly have an understanding of how district decisions impacted their daily lives. I will miss that time tremendously. Although it was my desire to finish my career at San Dieguito Union High School District, that is not to be. The district is a great one and can be a lighthouse for the state and nation. I hope the board of trustees is successful with any positive initiatives it has in the future. I truly hope the vision stays in place that all students are entitled to a successful education, we are a team, engaged, inspired, prepared, and that continues to guide the path forward.

Lucile Lynch, who is described as an “education advocate” with children in the district, has been named as an interim replacement. She was one of 14 applicants. In the meantime, the district will conduct a nationwide search for the next permanent superintendent.

Haley will receive a year's salary plus benefits until April 30, 2022 or until he finds another job.

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