Dear SFUSD Families:
I hope you had a chance to rest over the past week while students were on spring break.
About a month ago I shared plans to retire from SFUSD on June 30, 2021. Since then the SF Board of Education commissioners have been discussing their plans for selecting a new superintendent. The Board wants to conduct a national search and wants to engage in an inclusive community process for selecting the next superintendent, which can often take a year from start to finish.
President Gabriela Lopez and I spoke over the past week about the concern that the superintendent search would be a distraction from reopening. Given current events—including the large and complex task of returning some students to in-person learning starting April 12 and all of our students by fall 2021—the Board has asked me to delay my retirement for a year. I strive to maintain the humility and wisdom to change direction with new information and have agreed to remain with SFUSD for another year, until June 30, 2022.
I agree that SFUSD needs stability at this time. I am dedicated to supporting all of our SFUSD staff as we navigate the many challenges and opportunities that lay ahead in the coming year. I have the highest regard for the team assembled at SFUSD and am honored to continue to work together. We are united by a shared mission that every day we provide each and every student the quality instruction and equitable support required to thrive in the 21st century.
I know this past year has been hard on everyone. I hope we can work together to make this the best possible year ahead for our SFUSD community, especially our students.
Dr. Vincent Matthews