Schools chief leaving post

After five years of service, Barbara Wilson is leaving as superintendent of a Daly City school district to take another position in Contra Costa County.

Starting July 1, Wilson will be the superintendent of the Pittsburg Unified School District, a diverse 9,500-student district closer to home for the Orinda-based administrator who is leaving the 6,000-student Jefferson Elementary School District.

The announcement of Wilson’s departure comes as the Jefferson district and its teachers are at an impasse in their contract negotiations, battling over a 3 percent raise and health care benefits. They will meet next on May 31, after voting to bring in a state mediator in April.

The district has already begun discussing the process of bringing in an interim superintendent, Board President Anthony Dennis said.

Wilson beat out 22 other applicants from all over California, said Pittsburg Board President Laura Canciamilla, noting the tough competition because of five superintendent positions open in Contra Costa County.

The board decided on Wilson because of her experience with diverse communities at Jefferson and other districts she has worked for, as well as Wilson’s “good relationship with the community and employee groups.”

“We wanted somebody who was good at building relationships and working with limited resources,” Canciamilla said. “We’re thrilled.”

Wilson said that Pittsburg presented an opportunity for her because it is a larger district in need of instructional improvements. Work would also be closer to home, but the experience she brings from Jefferson will translate well, she said.

“We really focused on meeting the needs of English-language learners, and I think that’s an experience that I’ll be able to bring to Pittsburg,” she said. Wilson stands to make $185,000 at her new job, $20,000 more than her current position.

dsmith@examiner.com

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