Diana Jimenez to Lead Merced City School District

Diana Jimenez has been hired as Superintendent of the Merced City School District. She will replace Interim Superintendent Doug Collins who stepped in after Al Rogers left in July of 2021.

Jimenez is a longtime educator who most recently served as Superintendent of Winters Joint Unified School District. She served as a lead grant writer and received the James B. McClatchy Foundation Growing Strong Learners Grant in the amount of $600,000. During her tenure, voters passed Measure W, a $19-million bond. In 2014 she was awarded Stanislaus-Tuolumne Section FFA Administrator of the Year and won Teacher of the Year in 2010. She has a master’s degree in educational leadership and is in the process of getting a doctorate in education and organizational leadership.

“She has the experience for which we’re looking,” said Board President Birdi Olivarez-Kidwell. “It’s all encompassing. She’s worked with diverse groups of people, and has held distinguishing titles throughout her career. This board is confident in her ability to lead and take MCSD into the future.”

Jimenez’s contract runs for three years and includes an annual salary of $260,000, with regular increases. Her start date is July 1.

Image Credit: Winters Joint Unified