PALMDALE – Assistant Superintendent Roger Gallizzi will serve as interim superintendent of the Palmdale School District while the school board searches to replace retiring Superintendent Jack Gyves. Gallizzi, 47, the assistant superintendent for personnel, will take the interim post July 1. “I’m pleased with the confidence that the board has in me, and I’m looking forward to providing a smooth transition between Dr. Gyves and the next superintendent,” he said. The board voted unanimously at a special meeting Thursday to name Gallizzi to the post. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“The focus is on curriculum. Mr. Gallizzi has quite a bit of knowledge and expertise in that area,” board President Sheldon Epstein said. “He’s articulate, intelligent and is up to the task.” Epstein said Gallizzi will not be applying for the permanent position and will assist in the search for a new superintendent. Gallizzi also will continue in his job as assistant superintendent of personnel. He is expected to hold the top administrative job for three to five months, Epstein said. Gyves, 69, announced June 14 that he would retire at the end of the month. He has been with Palmdale since October 2003, when he was named interim superintendent. He took the permanent post the following January. Board members credited Gyves with developing a more standardized, coherent curriculum, guiding the district through tough fiscal times and stricter accountability, and opening up communication between district administrators and the schools. Gallizzi has worked 17 years in the Palmdale School District, first starting out as a teacher at Yucca Elementary School. He then worked as a curriculum resource teacher at Yucca and the district office, followed by a stint as coordinator and director of biliteracy programs, where he helped found Los Amigos School, where students learn in English and Spanish. He then served as principal of Pueblo Learning Center, where students behind in academic studies receive remedial help. He then worked as director of personnel and was hired as assistant superintendent of personnel in 2003. Gallizzi received a bachelor’s degree in medieval philosophy at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. He obtained a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of La Verne and is currently in a doctoral program there. [email protected] (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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