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SJUSD Names New School Superintendent

Kent Kern, a San Juan alumni and educator, was selected as Superintendent, Tuesday.

Kent Kern was selected as the next Superintendent on Tuesday night by the governing board of the San Juan Unified School District, after former Superintendent Glynn Thompson resigned amidst allegations of misconduct last year.

“As a proud San Juan Unified alum, this District has always been a family to me, and I am excited and honored for the opportunity to continue working to improve student achievement,” said Kern.

According to a written statement on the District’s website, Lucinda Luttgen, board president for San Juan, praised Kern as a “proven leader.” She also hopes Kern will help the District implement what she called major changes, such as the new Common Core standards – a change that has riled up conservatives who believe it is a federal take-over of local education.

Kern’s new position will earn him a salary of $238,500, as stipulated in a three-year contract with the District.

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