Charles Weis, Ph.D., Santa Clara County superintendent of schools, has submitted his resignation, effective at the expiration of his contract June 30, 2012. He notified the Santa Clara County Board of Education that he intends to retire.
Board President Joseph Di Salvo said the seven-member board appreciated Weis’ contributions during the first three years of his four-year tenure.
According to Di Salvo, Weis’ accomplishments include:
• Planning strategically and collaboratively with local school districts to become the first region in the country to eliminate the racial achievement gap by 2020.
• Providing state and national leadership as president of the Association of California School Administrators during 2009-2010.
• Implementing plans for advocacy, engagement and professional development to emphasize the importance of including visual and performing arts in all local schools.
• Developing the Seal of Biliteracy for county high school seniors to denote mastery of two or more languages upon their graduation.
• Navigating the economic downturn during the recession successfully to keep the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) on stable financial footing.
• Leading reform efforts to enable the SCCOE Alternative Schools Department to offer model educational programs for incarcerated and alternative students.
Di Salvo said the board looks forward to working with Weis during the final year of his contract to “continue to accomplish the vision and mission of this complex institution.”
“We know working together in a spirit of collaboration that we will add to the aforementioned list of results,” Di Salvo said.
According to Di Salvo, the board expressed its gratitude to Weis for his “tireless commitment to the students, teachers, superintendents and districts in the county.”
“Chuck’s retirement is bittersweet,” he said. “We wish him well in all his new pursuits during the next stages of his life. By graciously informing us of his plans early, he has given us plenty of time to develop a process for choosing his successor. It is essential at this crossroads moment in public education that we find the best person in this nation to lead all SCCOE programs, the 31 districts and public charter schools forward to the highest level imaginable. Public education is the No. 1 issue of our time.”
All options in seeking to fill the position will be discussed in upcoming open board meetings, Di Salvo said.
“It is our goal to assure that we find the ideal candidate to take the reins of leadership at one of the most critical times in public education in this county, state and nation,” he said.