Santa Ana Unified Board to Appoint New Superintendent of Schools

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Santa Ana Unified School District board members are slated Tuesday night to appoint Rick Miller, the superintendent at Riverside Unified, as Santa Ana’s top schools official, the district has confirmed.

Miller’s appointment is the last of 26 actions up for a vote during open session at the board’s 6 p.m. meeting at district headquarterss, 1601 E. Chestnut Ave.

Miller ran Oxnard’s school district before joining before joining the Riverside district in January 2009.

His proposed contract at Santa Ana Unified is not being made public leading up to Tuesday night’s vote.

District officials on Tuesday declined to provide a copy beforehand, saying it was in draft form.

“Tomorrow morning you can have a copy,” said Cynthia Gastelo, the board’s recording secretary.

The new superintendent’s name and the terms of his contract weren’t included in the district’s online meeting agenda.

Santa Ana Unified’s last superintendent, Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana, retired this summer after two years on the job and went on to serve as the top education advisor to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

In the meantime, retired Fresno schools Superintendent Charles McCully has served as interim superintendent in Santa Ana.

Santa Ana Unified is Orange County’s largest school district, serving about 56,000 students in most of the city of Santa Ana.

Its general fund budget this year is $469 million.

You can reach Nick Gerda at ngerda@gmail.com, and follow him on Twitter: @nicholasgerda.

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