School District Superintendent Tim Cuneo announced at Thursday’s Board of Education meeting that he will retire at the end of June when his contract expires. Cuneo was appointed interim superintendent in July 2008 while the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District searched for a permanent replacement for Dianne Talarico, who had left to take a job in Northern California. The Board of Education decided to go with Cuneo as the permanent replacement in February 2009.
Cuneo made the announcement in low-key fashion as one of many topics in his regular oral report to the board during Thursday’s meeting. He did not make any comments of reflection. Cuneo said he would provide the board with a proposal on selecting consultants for a superintendent search at the next meeting on Oct. 7. The meeting will take place at Malibu City Hall.
“We’ve been fortunate to have you come out of retirement [to take the job],” Board Vice President Kelly Pye said. She was the only board member to make a statement about Cuneo’s announcement.