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San Dieguito board unanimously approves new superintendent 

Robert Haley
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The San Dieguito Union High School District board unanimously approved Robert Haley as the district’s new superintendent at the board’s Oct. 11 meeting.

SDUHSD President Beth Hergesheimer said that Haley was selected after a nationwide search this summer due to his leadership qualities, school finance acumen, special education background, and curriculum and program development capabilities.

“We are pleased that we found someone who so suited our district,” Hergesheimer said.

Haley has served as the superintendent of the Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District in Sonoma County for the past seven years. He is a former member of the United States Marine Corps Reserve and has over 25 years of experience in education, serving as a teacher, principal and district level administrator in six school districts. He has a master’s degree in special education from Chapman University and a doctorate in educational leadership from the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California.

On Oct. 11, the board approved a contract agreement with Haley for two years and eight months, beginning Nov. 1 through June 30, 2021. Haley will receive an annual salary of $259,000, as well as longevity and advanced degree stipends in accordance with the district’s salary schedule.

Haley will also be provided health and retirement benefits and a one-time allowance of $15,000 to cover the cost of relocation to the district from Northern California.

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