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LEUSD Superintendent Announces Retirement

The announcement came at tonight’s regularly scheduled governing board meeting at district headquarters.

Dr. Frank W. Passarella, Superintendent of Schools for the Lake Elsinore Unified School District, has announced his retirement.

The announcement came at tonight’s regularly scheduled governing board meeting at district headquarters.

“It is with a great deal of admiration and respect for our governing board, administrative team, teachers, classified employees, parents, and especially our 22,000 students, that I announce my retirement this evening,” Dr. Passarella said in a released statement at the start of the regular meeting.

“The decision to retire was 100 percent my decision, and I will cherish the 42 years I have spent as a classified custodian, elementary and secondary teacher, assistant principal, principal, director, assistant superintendent, and district superintendent,” Dr. Passarella stated.

Dr. Passarella, 61, who has served as the district superintendent for the past six years, announced that his official retirement will come at the end of the current school year, but not before a replacement is found.

Members of the district’s governing board and senior cabinet were informed earlier of Dr. Passarella’s plan to stay on until the end of the school year to assist with the transition.

“The board of trustees extends our best wishes for Dr. Passarella’s well deserved retirement,” said Board President Susan E. Scott in a released statement. “We would like to express our appreciation for his leadership for the past six years and know that the future success of Lake Elsinore Unified School District will be predicated based on the foundation he set during his tenure. The board is confident that Lake Elsinore Unified School District will continue to achieve great milestones working collaboratively with all our stakeholders.”

Tom Thomas, who has served on the governing board since Dr. Passarella first joined the district said in the released statement, “Under Dr. Passarella's leadership, this school district has made unprecedented academic gains and assembled the very finest management, teachers, and support staff team. He has willingly tackled the toughest issues, been a strong community leader, and has always put students first in the daily decision-making process. Frank Passarella may well be the most courageous, forward thinking, and caring superintendent in the history of this school district. He will leave us in June with many completed goals and a clear road map for the future.”

Dr. Passarella started with LEUSD on Jan. 9, 2006. Under his leadership, LEUSD has risen to the third highest performing K-12 school district out of 23 in Riverside County. Last April, the district was recognized by the non-profit The Education Trust West as the top-improving school district out of 146 California public schools studied, according to the released statement.

To find a district superintendent replacement, an executive search firm could be selected and retained at a special meeting of the governing board later this month. Seating a new superintendent before June is the recruitment goal, according to the released statement.

Titan Mom! April 05, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Your prob a board member or work along side him....I will get the article about the test scores....You need to really get your facts straight. Check out the LAO site and read what info they get from state budget analisis. They are talking on 2 sides of their mouth. Landon...."we dont have any transportation funds for next year gov brown took it away" Really? 2.1 from state that will be held harmless for 2013. That means they will get the same funding they got last year. the teachers took furloughs and classified to make up lost ADA just in case taxes dont pass! they actually came out ahead. With 12 million in their reserves hardly leaves them in a finanacial crisis. they want to dump busing because Landons baby! ONLINE CRAP>is failing. 100 students enrolled out of 22,000. They have enough for loaner ipads for students, 50,000 for advertisement, 25,000 for a headhunter they will never use. Lets go on and on! When you look at budget online the funding is there but choosing to use somewhere else. that isnt against the law but tell the truth. When this all pans out a few more will have to resign when they lose their credentials for unethical behavior. Lying to the board to minipulate the vote, Lying to public, parents, and employees. when your in charge of 167 million of TAX PAYER MONEY, some integrity, and honesty has to be top priority.
Titan Mom! April 06, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Uncle Fester, the funds are there. Gov Brown revised his proposal on FEB 16th. Read it. The school districts are left harmless for 2013. But the district is lying saying "Gov Brown took home to school transportation" Brown is not making it categorical anymore. Big mistake when your dealing with unethical administrators and ignorant board members. Their job is to sift through the BS the Administrators are saying and get the " FACTS"! Landon, Passerella Where is the 2.1 million transportation is receiving from the state. What are you using it for. We the tax payers in this city should know what program is more important than 4400 students walking the streets for miles!!! The district will have to continue reporting wrong test scores because these children won't be ready to learn after walking 13 miles each way, and getting up at 4:00 am to make it to school on time. You will need to buy some beds for nap time.
UNCLE FESTER April 06, 2012 at 04:53 PM
am girl- in response to your comments to me.. i dont think we need to supply anything nor does the government BUT, they have been charging for these service since ---way back ! rsa fee here in riverside is one of those fees.. for the schools... taxes and other fees are supposed to go there for these reasons as well. since they wont stop charging us, they need to cough up where its going. i walked , rode a bike and sometimes took a bus to school too but, we had the option. now we do not... again i ask; whats going to happen when a few of these kids get run over where there are no sidewalks, the time change leaving to walk in the dark and, the kids that dont have a big brother , sister. a friend or mom and dad cant be there to walk them home when they are way too young to go alone ? we might as well drop public schooling and go 100% private. then the only thing they can do is deal with it.. and pay for it. that solves all the problems real quick.. and think of it this way, if its all "pay out of pocket", we will have next no kids in school at all .. but the welfare system will full to the brim with uneducated, pregnant, and lazy people real soon.. a bonus forsure !
Anon April 06, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Ok we have had bussing, public schools, free healthcare, free counseling, EBT, section 8, free college and the system is still over loaded with uneducated pregnant lazy people. How do you fix that? People are going to be stupid no matter how many programs and safety nets we give them.
Put the children 1st May 30, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Do some research on the LEUSD website under Board Meetings. Why has there been an Alternative Governance Board set up in recent months that are visiting and observing classrooms? It is because the school district is not currently API, and the Alternative Governance Board will continue until EMS in out of PI status. You can also get this information from the Riverside County Office of Education. Why hasn't the newspapers reported a correction to their previous articles about this fact? How much funding will the district loss if the are not API?

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