Carlsbad superintendent to retire

CARLSBAD — Carlsbad Unified School District Superintendent Suzette Lovely informed the Board of Trustees she will retire at the end of the school year.

Lovely has been CUSD’s superintendent for four years.

Over her 34-year career in public education, Lovely has served in a variety of roles including those of teacher, principal, district office administrator, and superintendent. She worked at several school districts including Capistrano, Placentia-Yorba Linda and Carlsbad Unified.

“As the superintendent of CUSD I have had the great fortune to work with a forward-thinking school board, a uniquely talented administrative team, amazing teachers, devoted classified staff, supportive parents and a caring community,” she said. “Individually and collectively, the people of Carlsbad have placed students’ education at the top of their agenda. Carlsbad Unified is a place where people come together to make amazing things happen.”

CUSD Board President Claudine Jones issued the following statement: “Our board is very grateful for Dr. Lovely’s steady leadership these past four years. She was instrumental in the successful completion and opening of the new Sage Creek High School, as well as winning CUSD a portion of the multi-million-dollar career pathways grant last year. She helped navigate our district through the state’s worst fiscal crisis and has positioned us very well for her successor. She will be greatly missed by our staff and board. We wish her all the best in her retirement.”

The board will be engaging District staff and the community in the hiring of a new superintendent. The board will meet in the upcoming weeks to establish a search and selection process, including timelines and opportunities to provide input as the process moves forward.

Lovely’s last day will be June 30.

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