San Jacinto Unified superintendent resigns, citing family commitments

San Jactino Unified School District office. Google Maps Street View photo

The San Jacinto Unified School District Board of Trustees accepted the resignation of the district’s superintendent during a special closed session meeting this week.

At a meeting held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, the board voted 5-0 to ratify Superintendent Diane Perez’s resignation, retroactive to Nov. 30.

Perez has served the district in various capacities for the last 15 years, including as an elementary school child welfare and attendance coordinator, director of school and community support, assistant superintendent and deputy superintendent, according to an email statement from San Jacinto Unified spokeswoman Dawn Lawrence. Perez became superintendent in 2013.

“As many know, (Perez) started her doctorate about the same time her youngest daughter started adolescence,” Lawrence said. “All that said, this year has been challenging for her family. While there is no other place she would rather work, her priority to God and family at this time in her life must come first. After much conversation with her family, she has tendered her resignation from San Jacinto Unified.”

Trustees also unanimously voted to appoint Shari Fox as interim superintendent while the board “determines next steps to fill the newly created vacancy,” Lawrence said. Fox previously served as the district’s superintendent between 2005 and 2013.

According to an online agenda, San Jacinto Unified’s Board of Trustees held a closed session meeting to discuss releasing an employee on Nov. 22, a week and a half prior to accepting Perez’s resignation.

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