Pleasant Ridge superintendent resigns from post |

Pleasant Ridge superintendent resigns from post

Linda Rooney has resigned from her post as superintendent of Pleasant Ridge Union School District, ending a 30-year career with the south county district where she began as a first-grade teacher in 1978.

After serving as a superintendent with the school district for three years, Rooney has accepted a position as deputy superintendent of educational services with the Rocklin Unified School District, less than a mile from her home. She has commuted from her home in the Rocklin area to southern Nevada County for 30 years, Rooney said.

“It’s an opportunity to serve my home community that I haven’t been able to do for 30 years,” she said.

The district’s board of trustees accepted Rooney’s resignation at a special meeting Thursday and appointed retired superintendent James Meshwert as the interim superintendent effective July 1.

Before Meshwert’s retirement three years ago, he spent time as a teacher, principal and superintendent during 37 years spent with the district.

Rooney is leaving behind a school district that has suffered from declining enrollment for a number of years as the number of families with young children residing in the region dropped off about a decade ago.

In June, the school district board voted to keep Pleasant Ridge school on Duggans Road open despite a population of only 225 students.

Pleasant Ridge School District has 1,800 students enrolled in its kindergarten through 8th grade classes, compared with 10,000 students enrolled in pre-school through 12th grade at the Rocklin school district.

Rooney first came to the school district in 1978 as a first grade teacher at Pleasant Ridge School.

Since then she has served as principals at Cottage Hill and Alta Sierra schools and has served 16 years as assistant district superintendent before becoming district superintendent from 2005 to 2008.

To contact Staff Writer Laura Brown,e-mail or call 477-4231.

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