School district administrator leaving |

School district administrator leaving

Julie Hopkins, the Nevada Joint Union High School District’s top financial administrator, is leaving the district next month to take a similar position in Roseville.

Hopkins, the district’s assistant superintendent for business services since 1999, is joining the 16-school, 8,200-student Roseville City School District as their assistant superintendent of business services.

Hopkins’ current duties include overseeing construction, budgeting and maintenance of facilities at the 4,200-student Nevada Joint Union High School District.

In leaving Nevada County for Roseville, Hopkins will join a rapidly growing K-8 district that is expected to open at least one new school at the start of the 2005-06 school year.

Nevada Joint Union, in contrast, is experiencing its fifth straight year of declining enrollment combined with escalating employee salaries. No new campus has been built since Bear River High School opened in 1986.

“My challenges will be different,” Hopkins said Monday. “I very much enjoyed working at the high school district.”

Hopkins is perhaps best known to the high school community as the lead administrator overseeing the $15 million Measure A bond for improvements to the district’s three high school campuses. The bond passed nearly three years ago.

While the Nevada Union projects have gone relatively smoothly, Hopkins has worked for the past two years with state agencies to fix problems with Bear River $7 million aquatics and performing arts center. The projects sit on land laden with lead and arsenic, thus delaying construction of the facilities.

Maggie Deetz praised Hopkins, one of her two assistant superintendents, for her work during often difficult times.

“She’s been an asset to me, especially as the new kid on the block,” said Deetz, who recently completed her first year as district superintendent. “She’s kept me well-informed of everything that goes on in terms of the budget.

“It’s bittersweet for me, but it will be exciting for her.”

Hopkins joined the Nevada Joint Union High School District from the Placer Union High School District.

Deetz said she would advertise the position immediately. Karen Suenram, business manager for the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools office, will assist the high school district in the interim.

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