New Superintendent Hired For Martinez Unified School District | #coronavirus | #kids. | #children | #schools

By Sam Richards, Bay City News Foundation

MARTINEZ, CA— Dr. Julie Synyard, an assistant superintendent with the Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District, was officially hired Monday night as the new superintendent of the Martinez Unified School District.

A contract running through the 2023-2024 school year was approved unanimously by the Martinez district board.

“I just look forward to all the learning opportunities,” Synyard told district board members Monday night.

Synyard takes over for Christopher “CJ” Cammack, who had been the Martinez schools superintendent for four years when in July he accepted the superintendent’s job with the Fremont Unified School District.

On Monday night, Martinez school board President Jonathan Wright said Cammack left just when the district — like almost all others — was planning for distance learning under the ongoing coronavirus health crisis.

“We hope you’ll help us navigate the current times we’re in, with the COVID-19 pandemic,” Wright told Synyard.

He also praised Assistant Superintendent Helen Rossi for leading the Martinez district in key planning over the summer and start of school during “these most trying of times.”

Synyard had been in the Cotati-Rohnert Park district since November 2015; before that, she had spent two years as principal of Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley.

Her new contract calls for an annual salary of $210,000 per year. She will be enrolled in the State Teachers Retirement System. She officially begins her new job Oct. 12.

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