Alejandro Hogan, Superintendent of the South San Francisco Unified School District, announced his resignation from that position at a meeting of the District’s Board of Trustees on March 26.
Hired as the District’s chief executive in the summer of 2011, Hogan has served in that capacity for the last four years. His last day on the job will be June 30.
In a prepared statement, Hogan, who came to South San Francisco from the Salinas Union High School District, reflected on some of the District’s accomplishments achieved on his watch.
He noted that, “During my tenure in South San Francisco, we, as a team, created an outstanding pre-school program that has received the highest accolades by reviewing teams. Our school renovation work is continuing. We have new science facilities and labs at all middle schools and new science buildings at our comprehensive high schools.
“We have renovated the athletic fields for the benefit of the students and the community. We have replaced old and dilapidated classroom portables with new, state-of-the-art modular classrooms. Every District elementary school site has a new library and a new exploratory classroom where special presentations and assemblies can take place. “Our financial condition is improved from where it was just five years ago as well.”
He also identified a number of other achievements, including a new biotech partnership with Genentech, a new Middle College program to be administered jointly with Skyline College in San Bruno, implementation of the new Common Core curriculum, a strengthened relationship with the city of South San Francisco and the continued enhancement of a professional atmosphere for teachers and staff.
“Owing to the work that we, as a school community, have undertaken over the last four years, we’ve accomplished all of this and more,” he stated. “I’m gratified that the District is in better shape now than when I arrived. I leave with great pride knowing that the work I did and supported improved the District in many ways. Please, remember, when there is a will to do something, there is a way.”
The superintendent received a standing ovation at the conclusion of his remarks. Board President Judith Bush thanked Hogan for his four years of service and wished him well in the future.
The trustees agreed to hold a special meeting on April 8 at which a facilitator will help them to identify the key competencies needed in a new superintendent and to develop a recruitment plan.
The District operates 15 schools and has a total enrollment of approximately 9,200 students.