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South Bay Schools Select New Superintendent

San Diego Unified isn’t the only district that will have a new leader at the helm when the next school year starts.

South Bay Union School District is poised to hire a new superintendent after a two-and-a-half-month-long search.

South Bay Union school trustees have selected Katie McNamara, assistant superintendent for instructional services for the Solana Beach School District as their finalist to lead Imperial Beach elementary schools starting July 1. Trustees will vote on a contract with McNamara on Wednesday.


McNamara said she is excited to lead a district during the roll out of the new Common Core standards. She believes they will help schools prepare students with the skills needed to thrive in an ever-evolving workplace.

“Adaptability and flexibility. The ability to be a thinker, the ability to be the kind of student who can access resources and look for information,” she said.

McNamara has been an administrator with Solana Beach schools since 2004. Before that, she worked as a teacher, assistant principal and principal in the Del Mar and Riverside unified school districts.

South Bay Union paid Leadership Associates, an executive search firm, $24,000 to conduct the superintendent search. McNamara was one of three finalists out of more than a dozen candidates. If trustees approve her appointment Wednesday, she will have a three year contract with the district and a $180,000 annual salary.