Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews Postponing Retirement

Summary

Last month the superintendent announced he would retire on June 30, 2021. After discussions with SF Board of Education President Gabriela Lopez, he has agreed to remain serving as SFUSD’s superintendent for another year.

Audience

Families

Announcement Description

Dear SFUSD Families:

I hope you had a chance to rest over the past week while students were on spring break. 

About a month ago I shared plans to retire from SFUSD on June 30, 2021. Since then the SF Board of Education commissioners have been discussing their plans for selecting a new superintendent. The Board wants to conduct a national search and wants to engage in an inclusive community process for selecting the next superintendent, which can often take a year from start to finish. 

President Gabriela Lopez and I spoke over the past week about the concern that the superintendent search would be a distraction from reopening. Given current events
including the large and complex task of returning some students to in-person learning starting April 12 and all of our students by fall 2021
the Board has asked me to delay my retirement for a year. I strive to maintain the humility and wisdom to change direction with new information and have agreed to remain with SFUSD for another year, until June 30, 2022. 

I agree that SFUSD needs stability at this time. I am dedicated to supporting all of our SFUSD staff as we navigate the many challenges and opportunities that lay ahead in the coming year. I have the highest regard for the team assembled at SFUSD and am honored to continue to work together. We are united by a shared mission that every day we provide each and every student the quality instruction and equitable support required to thrive in the 21st century. 

I know this past year has been hard on everyone. I hope we can work together to make this the best possible year ahead for our SFUSD community, especially our students.

Sincerely, 

Dr. Vincent Matthews