Superintendent Rooney resigns |

Superintendent Rooney resigns

Pleasant Ridge School District’s Superintendent Linda Rooney will submit her letter of resignation to the district’s board of trustees this afternoon at 4 p.m.

After serving as a superintendent with the school district for three years Rooney has accepted a position as deputy superintendent, educational services with the Rocklin Unified School District, less than a mile from her home. She has commuted from her home in the Rocklin/ Lincoln 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,” Rooney said.

She is leaving behind a school district that has suffered from declining enrollment for a number of years. 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 to 10,000 students enrolled in pre-school through 12th grade at the Rocklin school district.

Rooney came to Pleasant Ridge School District in 1978 as a first grade teacher at Pleasant Ridge School. Since then she has served as principals at several schools and assistant superintendent for 16 years.

The board of trustees will consider appointing retired James Meshwert as the interim superintendent effective July 1. Before his retirement three years ago, Meshwert spent time as a teacher, principal and superintendent during his 37 years with the district.

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