BREAKING: Former schools administrator set to run district

BREAKING: Former schools administrator set to run district

Michele Ellson

Schools leaders are preparing to hire veteran Alameda schools administrator Sean McPhetridge to serve as the Island's interim schools chief for the 2014-15 school year.

McPhetridge resigned his posted as assistant superintendent in 2013, after serving three years. He has also served as Alameda Unified's director of secondary and career technical education, principal of the Alameda Science and Technology Institute early college magnet high school and a vice principal at Alameda High School.

This past June he was hired on as the Alameda County Office of Education's interim director of student programs and services, his LinkedIn profile shows.

The school board is set Tuesday to okay a contract to hire McPhetridge as interim superintendent for the coming school year at an annual salary of $180,000 plus a stipend for his advanced degree and benefits. He completed his doctorate in administration, planning and social policy at Harvard in 2013 after a decade's worth of work, his LinkedIn profile shows.

If the board approves his contract - which is on its consent calendar, where items are typically okayed with a simple voice vote - McPhetridge will replace Kirsten Vital, who left on August 1 for a job as superintendent of the Capistrano Unified School District.

McPhetridge is set to come on board as the district seeks to fully implement the new Common Core standards in classrooms and to initiate a second round of magnet and innovative school programs - a project he spearheaded. The district is also seeking voter approval of a $179 million bond program.