Mountain View Superintendent Lilian Maldonado French Stepping Down

Mountain View School District Superintendent Lillian Maldonado French will step down at the end of the year. French’s father passed away recently and that left her with additional family responsibilities. For that reason, her departure could not wait until June.

French has led the district for over 12 years. She previously worked for the Santa Ana Unified School District and the Los Nietos School District in Whittier. Under her leadership, SAUSD consolidated students from four schools and reduced 12 of its campuses to 8 amid declining enrollment numbers. She has worked in education for 37 years and was named L.A. County Superintendent of the Year by the Los Angeles County Office of Education in 2018.

“Every decision she makes has always been based on what is in the best interests of our students,” said School Board Vice President Adam Carranza, as quoted by the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. “Since she joined the District in 2009, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year she has worked non-stop for our students and her dedication and service is appreciated and will be missed.” 

The district plans to tap a replacement this week. Raymond Andry, the assistant superintendent of educational services, will be French’s successor. He has been with the district since 2009.