Lodi administrator hired as Oakley faculties superintendent

OAKLEY — Oakley Union Elementary College District has named Lodi faculty administrator Jeffrey Palmquist as its new superintendent.

Palmquist, 46, will realize success Greg Hetrick, who is retiring this thirty day period following 5 years as the district’s superintendent and far more than 30 many years in training. The new superintendent will gain $195,000 yearly.

“We ended up really fired up to have an excellent field of candidates for the superintendent situation,” college board President Lynell Fuller said in saying the hire. “With the guidance of a team, guardian and local community member panel, Mr. Palmquist emerged as the appropriate suit to lead our district.”

The new superintendent arrives to Oakley after the district observed one particular of its most tumultuous yrs, with 4 university board associates resigning following a hot mic second in which some trustees mocked mothers and fathers who wished their kids to return to in-human being understanding.

With no members still left on the Oakley Union school board — just one experienced resigned just before the hot mic transpired — Contra Costa County college board members briefly stepped in and started appointing new trustees, afterwards with the help of the new board associates.

A lot less than 3 months later on, the superintendent, who had taken some warmth about the sizzling mic incident, introduced he was retiring, and filling that posture rapidly became just one of the new board’s initially main tasks aside from reopening universities all through the pandemic.

“Public instruction has absolutely experienced its problems over the past 12 months and a 50 %, but I know that Oakley will continue on to occur together and just take treatment of our students,” Palmquist claimed.

The new superintendent explained he is familiar with the Oakley region, having grown up in the Stockton/Lodi region and spent “considerable time on the delta” when he was more youthful.

“I adore how the Oakley community takes delight in honoring its earlier while on the lookout to the potential,” he mentioned.

Palmquist started his profession in the San Joaquin County Workplace of Instruction Court and Community College Method 30 several years in the past and has considering that served as a instructor, an assistant principal, a faculty principal and an associate superintendent.

For the past a few decades, he was assistant superintendent of Secondary Instruction at Lodi Unified Faculty District, the place he was associated with building modern systems for higher school learners and oversaw the district’s center faculty, superior school and different school applications, as well as the Child Welfare and Attendance Office, in accordance to the Oakley district.

In addition, Palmquist has served as an adjunct professor at the Teachers Faculty of San Joaquin.

A graduate of UC Santa Barbara, Palmquist also gained his master’s in schooling from Countrywide College, holds a training credential from the University of the Pacific and is a doctoral applicant at the University of Wyoming.

“I am fired up and honored to have been preferred as the new superintendent of Oakley Union and search forward to functioning collaboratively with the university board, personnel, students, mom and dad and group,” he stated.

Fuller also acknowledged Hetrick’s management abilities and initiatives, particularly in the new “unprecedented occasions.”

“His determination to Oakley Union Elementary College District, the educators and the small children we serve is unmatched,” Fuller said. “He will be considerably skipped.”

Palmquist will consider more than the reins on Aug. 22. Oakley Union has an enrollment of a little a lot more than 5,000 college students at 9 universities, which includes two middle faculties.

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