Gillentine to head school district

first_imgInitially, 25 candidates had expressed interest in heading the district, said Fagan, who led the search for her replacement. Nine candidates returned the extensive 15-page application; eventually, five were invited in for interviews with the school board. One candidate withdrew at that point, and Gillentine was selected from among the four remaining finalists, Fagan said. Gillentine is scheduled to start his new job July 1. “I think he brings experience, especially experience in special education, and I think he will fit the district very well,” Fagan said. Gillentine said Fagan has made the transition easy for him. “Things are so well-organized, I can just come in and work with what’s there,” he said. “I don’t have to go in there and fix a bunch of things. And eventually, the different things that I do to improve the district will be my own.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“He’s a compassionate and collaborative leader, and he has the belief that he needs to be a part of the community – visible and active,” Pigott said. A resident of Yorba Linda, Gillentine served as the Lowell Joint district’s superintendent in 2004 and 2005. A year ago, he took an administrative leave of absence, but during that time he continued to work for Lowell Joint and other school districts. He has spent more than three decades in education, working at the Walnut Valley and Bonita Unified school districts, as well as the North Orange County Special Education Local Plan Agency and the Orange County High School for the Arts. “I was immediately interested as soon as I saw East Whittier was looking for a new superintendent,” Gillentine said. “I’m pleased and honored to be chosen by the board to serve this district. “I’m really appreciative of the district’s emphasis on the whole child, and counseling and other services to support kids. I was very impressed with the district when I researched it before I applied for the job,” he added. EAST WHITTIER – Joe Gillentine, the former superintendent for the Lowell Joint School District, has been selected as the new superintendent for neighboring East Whittier City School District, officials said Friday. Gillentine, 58, replaces longtime Superintendent Dorothy Fagan, who is retiring June 30 after 50 years as an educator in the 9,100-student district. East Whittier City district board members are expected to approve a $150,000-a-year contract for Gillentine at the board’s June 12 meeting, said school board President Alison Pigott. She described Gillentine as having a “high level of integrity” and being “highly intelligent and well-versed in regular- and special-education needs.” last_img read more