Crocker named interim superintendent of Paso Robles school district


PASO ROBLES — Julian Crocker has been named the interim superintendent of the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District, according to the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education.

County Education Superintendent Jim Brescia made the announcement Wednesday afternoon, a day after the newly seated PRJUSD governing board asked him to assist with the search. The board voted, 7-0, to bring Crocker onboard.

Crocker is a former superintendent of the Paso Robles school district and retired San Luis Obispo County Superintendent of Schools.

Crocker comes following the abrupt resignation of Chris Williams on Thursday, Dec. 6.

"Dr. Crocker will assist the newly elected, reelected, and returning trustees in making informed decisions regarding next steps in governing the district," Brescia said.

PRJUSD Deputy Superintendent, Jen Gaviola, Chief Academic Officer, Carol Kenyon, and Chief Business Officer, Brad Pawlowski fully endorse and welcome Dr. Crocker, Brescia added.

"Senior leadership will work with Dr. Crocker, faculty, staff, district site leadership, and the trustees to strategically plan and implement next steps in navigating the district through current challenges," Brescia said.

The San Luis Obispo County Oftlce of Education will continue to support the district with fiscal oversight, direct and indirect intervention, as well as providing Crocker any resources available.

"I fully support the trustees' decision to appoint Dr. Crocker on an interim basis. My office looks forward to reviewing the progress he, the district leadership, and the trustees make in stewarding the Paso Robles Joint Unified School," Brescia said.

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