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San Diego Schools Academic Chief Tapped To Lead Bay Area District

— San Diego Unified is losing its second top administrator in a month. The district’s lead academic officer has been tapped to lead a Bay Area school district.

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Nellie Meyer, deputy superintendent for school support services for the San Diego Unified School District.

Lots of summer leadership turn over for San Diego Unified.

Nellie Meyer, deputy superintendent for school support services for San Diego Unified, was named this week as the finalist to be Mount Diablo School District’s superintendent. She said that district was interested in finding someone who could foster communication and collaboration.

“My experience working with all of our campuses, working with our teachers, our principals and developing the academic programs will be something that Mount Diablo will hopefully make them an even better district,” she said.

Meyer has worked for San Diego Unified since 1982 in roles including teacher's assistant, teacher, vice principal and principal. She has been part of the district's central office administration since 2006.

Meyer said leading a district has been a goal. The Mount Diablo Board of Education is scheduled to formalize her nomination Aug. 28. Meyer said she is eager to start in her new role as soon as possible.

Sid Salazar, another senior manager for San Diego Unified, left the district in July to become superintendent of Alvord Unified in Riverside County.

San Diego Unified’s chief financial officer also left the district in June to be the interim head of Hayward schools.

In addition to these changes, Marten has a new chief of staff and has created a senior management position for leadership development in the district. And many city schools will have new principals hired by Marten on the the first day of classes because of retirements and reassignments.

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