Dr. David Gomez announced as new high school superintendent

April 18, 2003
Santa Paula News

The Santa Paula Union High School Board of Education announced their choice for the new district superintendent Wednesday night.

The board chose Dr. David Gomez, 53, to replace retiring superintendent, Dr. William Brand. Gomez is currently an associate superintendent of human resources for the Berkley Unified School District. He is not a stranger to Ventura County. Gomez and his family have kept a residence in Ventura and he’s been commuting on almost a weekly basis back to Ventura. He will take on his new job on July 1 and will receive $119,000 a year.

By Brian D. WilsonSanta Paula TimesThe Santa Paula Union High School Board of Education announced their choice for the new district superintendent Wednesday night.The board chose Dr. David Gomez, 53, to replace retiring superintendent, Dr. William Brand. Gomez is currently an associate superintendent of human resources for the Berkley Unified School District. He is not a stranger to Ventura County. Gomez and his family have kept a residence in Ventura and he’s been commuting on almost a weekly basis back to Ventura. He will take on his new job on July 1 and will receive $119,000 a year.During his career, Gomez has worked in the Ventura Unified, Rio and Oxnard Elementary School Districts. He’s also a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. He was the commander of a Special Operations Battalion from 1995 to 1998.Board President Robert Salas said, “There was an excellent pool of 24 candidates to select from. Each of the candidates that we interviewed brought different strengths. We were looking for the best match for the Santa Paula Union High School District. We wanted someone who could wear multiple hats, but one who would primarily focus on improving the academic achievement of our students”
Gomez is described by those who have worked with him in Berkeley as a skillful educator and an excellent communicator who can get along with everyone.Although he doesn’t start officially until July, Gomez will spend some time over the next two months visiting schools, community leaders and working with Dr. Brand.“This (Ventura County) is a place that I’ve always loved and continue to love,” Gomez said. He said that he fully supports the changes Brand has made at the high school. “Especially in these days of accountability, I think what Dr. Brand and the board has done has been good for student achievement and I see more students from Santa Paula now going to college and to university. I see their API (Academic Performance Index) scores going up.”Gomez said that after visiting the community and talking to members of the community he was convinced that Santa Paula was the place he wanted to continue his education career. “I think that I can really make a contribution to the students here. There are many positive programs and such great community support already in place. I look forward to working with the board and staff in planing for the future of the district.”



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