By: Jason Henry
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
The Covina-Valley Unified board of education hired a district alumnus and former employee as its a new superintendent during a brief meeting Tuesday.
Richard M. Sheehan will receive a base salary of $259,000 annually beginning July 1 as part of the three-year contract, which was released after the board meeting.
“I’m very excited to be coming home,” Sheehan said.
The current Glendale Unified superintendent since 2010, Sheehan worked at Covina Valley for 17 years as a teacher and coach at Covina High School, then principal at Northview High School and director of curriculum and instruction at the district office, according to his Glendale Unified biography.
Sheehan also graduated from Mesa Elementary, Sierra Vista Middle and South Hills High schools, he said.
The returning administrator was greeted warmly by district employees at a welcome reception after the board meeting.
“It’s a great choice, it’s what we need right now,” Tri-Community Adult Education Principal Claudia Karnoski said. “He knows us and what he will do is build relationships. He’s a good people person but he’s also very loyal to this district and he will do what’s right for the kids.”
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