San Jacinto Unified School District selects new superintendent

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David Pyle
David Pyle is the new superintendent of San Jacinto Unified School District. Valley News/Courtesy photo

SAN JACINTO – The San Jacinto Unified School District board of trustees have selected David Pyle as the district’s new superintendent, effective June 1, 2020, a decision that was ratified at the board’s regular meeting, Tuesday, May 12.

Pyle succeeds Shari L. Fox, who has served as interim superintendent since Dec. 4, 2019. In November 2019, the board accepted the resignation of Diane Perez, who led the district since 2013.

Pyle has been the superintendent at Nuview Union School District in Nuevo since 2012. He has 23 years of experience in public education and has served as a teacher in El Rancho Unified School District, assistant principal with Hemet Unified School District and principal in Nuview Union School District before taking the helm at Nuview eight years ago.

Pyle is a California native who was born and raised in San Diego and earned a bachelor’s degree in speech/communication from Long Beach State University. He earned his master’s degree in educational administration from National University and earned a doctorate in educational leadership from Azusa Pacific University.

“His energy, excitement and emphasis on student success, building strong relationships throughout the community and responsible financial management fit perfectly with what we were looking for, and the priorities identified by our stakeholders and employees,” John I. Norman, SJUSD board president, said. “We had 31 applicants from across the country, and we are incredibly happy to welcome Dr. Pyle to SJUSD and to the families that we serve.”

His wife, Jen, is a speech pathologist at Murrieta Unified School District. His son Gavin attends Murrieta High School, his daughters Taylor and Alyssa both attend Boise State University and his daughter Shay attends San Francisco State University.

“It is with the greatest enthusiasm and appreciation that I have been selected to serve as the next superintendent of the San Jacinto Unified School District,” Pyle said. “For the past eight years, I have admired San Jacinto as a neighbor while serving Nuview USD, and I am beyond humbled for the opportunity to serve within the San Jacinto Valley, excited for what is to come in our time together. I am looking forward to meeting the community.”

San Jacinto Unified School District serves more than 10,500 students in seven K-fifth grade schools, including one Dual Immersion Academy. Three sixth to eighth grade middle schools, including one Leadership Academy, and three ninth to 12th grade high schools, including one comprehensive and two alternative schools. All schools are on a traditional calendar, and the district also operates three Head Start and state preschool programs as well as a community-based adult transition program for students 18-22 years old.

Submitted by San Jacinto Unified School District.