STOCKTON, Calif. — For the third time in two months, the Stockton Unified School District (SUSD) has a new superintendent. Longtime local educator, Dr. Traci Miller was appointed to the position of Interim Superintendent of Stockton's largest school district following a vote by the district's Board of Trustees Tuesday evening.
Miller will start as interim superintendent on Aug. 1, two days after the district's 40,000 students return to campuses for the fall semester.
SUSD's current interim superintendent, Dr. Francine Baird, expressed that she no longer wishes to fulfill the role and will return to her previous position as Assistant Superintendent of Student Support Services starting Aug. 1.
Miller, who was awarded the 2019 California Administrator of the Year Award by the California Association of School Counselors, started with SUSD as an elementary school counselor in 1996.
“I have had the privilege of working in SUSD for 25 years and I am fully vested in ensuring a quality education for our students," Miller said in a statement. "I am honored by this appointment and look forward to working with our stakeholders in the upcoming school year.”
The appointments of Baird, then Miller as interim superintendent came after previous Superintendent John Ramirez Jr. resigned in early June citing a need to take care of his elderly parents.
Just days after Ramirez Jr.'s resignation, the San Joaquin County Civil Grand Jury released a scathing report alleging poor business practices, an inadequate duty of care and a lack of transparency at the district pushing it toward a predicted $30 million budget shortfall.
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