RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe School District’s board of trustees voted unanimously to name David Jaffe as its new superintendent effective Aug. 1.
During the July 14 meeting, and prior to the official vote, outgoing superintendent Lindy Delany relayed a message from board member Todd Buchner who was not in attendance.
She told the board that Buchner sent his apologies for not attending the meeting but wanted to convey that he really supported the hiring of Jaffe as the next superintendent.
Sitting in the front row was Jaffe, as he listened to the comments prior to the election.
Over the last three years, Jaffe has served the role as principal of Torrey Pines High School.
Board president Tyler Seltzer shared his thanks to everyone for all the time they put into the superintendent search. It was a long process, he said.
“I’m personally happy, and I think everybody else is as to where we wound up and where we are today,” he said, acknowledging Jaffe.
Seltzer went on to say that the comments he received when the board originally selected Jaffe was overwhelmingly positive.
The districts’ newest board member, Scott Kahn, expressed how heartening it was to see such a thorough process in finding the district’s new superintendent and all the energy that went into it.
Kahn then addressed Delaney.
“Lindy, you really helped vet candidates at a level that was very, very deep,” said Kahn, adding how the process revealed a spectacular candidate.
According to board member Mari Ritto, she received a call from an acquaintance that served on a board in another district expressing their envy that Jaffe would be their superintendent.
After the unanimous election, a loud applause followed.
Following Jaffe’s board approval, the next item discussed was designating him as secretary of the board, a position that Delaney has served while being superintendent. Delaney explained that her goals as secretary include the minutes and record keeping for the district.
Jaffe was once again unanimously elected into this school board district position.