By Karen Billing
Last week marked the last school board meeting for Del Mar Union School District Superintendent Jim Peabody.
“I thank the board for the faith they had in bringing me to the district. It was the most unbelievable way to end a 41-year career,” said Peabody. “I got to use everything I learned in my first 39 years in one way or another. There were some challenges but I did build some tremendous relationships.”
Peabody was emotional in thanking his “crew,” the district staff who he said made him look good and made the district a positive place to be. “You’re the best,” he said.
The board also thanked Peabody for his two years leading the district.
Trustee Kristin Gibson said that Peabody brought much needed stability and continuity to the district and his forward-thinking progress laid great groundwork for the future.
“I could not be happier to have my child under anyone else’s watch,” Gibson said. “I’m very sad but also very excited about new things to come.”
Peabody said that he’s happy to know that the district will have continuity as “one of our own,” Dr. Holly McClurg, will be leading the charge.
“There are so many students’ gifts still left to be unwrapped but we now have the tools to unwrap them, “ Peabody said, noting that the district is in a place where they can bring each child to the level of rigor they deserve and get an education where they progress to their own tempo.
At the meeting, the board approved the compensatory details of McClurg’s new contact with the district. She will receive an annual salary of $158,500, with a doctoral stipend of $2,500, an automobile allowance of $400 a month and a retirement contribution of $700 a month.