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Coronado Unified taps Canyon Crest’s Mueller as superintendent

ENCINITAS — For the second time in less than a week, a San Dieguito Union High School District administrator has been named superintendent of another district.

Karl Mueller, the principal of Canyon Crest Academy, was selected to the top position of the Coronado Unified School District, the district announced on May 2.

Last week, the San Dieguito Union High School District announced that its superintendent, Rick Schmitt, would be leaving for the superintendent post in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District in Northern California.

Mueller, who has been principal since 2013, will begin his new post July 1.

“Words cannot express how overwhelmed I have been by your dedication to our school, as well as by your kindness, support, and Raven pride,” Mueller said in a statement to the CCA community. “I will always cherish my time here. I truly value all that each of you has provided me with, including guidance, friendship, wisdom, and patience.

“What I will miss the most about CCA is the culture — the connection between faculty and our students, the respect we share, the trusting and inclusive environment where children feel the confidence to be themselves, and the strong pride in our community that made coming to work each day purposeful,” Mueller said.

Mueller was the third principal in the history of Canyon Crest, the district’s newest high school, which opened in 2004.

Coronado Unified is scheduled to formally announce and appoint Mueller to the position at its May 12 board meeting, with a meet-and-greet scheduled an hour before the meeting.

Mueller will be leading a district with more than 3,100 students at five schools: Coronado High School, Palm Academy, Coronado Middle School, Strand Elementary, and Village Elementary.

Coronado Unified employs 350 people, including 179 certificated employees, 149 classified employees and 22 administrators.

Schmitt and San Dieguito Union school board President Beth Hergesheimer will develop a plan to replace Mueller, according to a news release.