Solana Beach School District to consider appointment of new superintendent

If appointed, Jodee Brentlinger will take over as superintendent of the Solana Beach School District July 1, 2018.
Kristina Houck

After an extensive and highly-competitive recruitment process, the Solana Beach School District (SBSD) Board of Education will consider the appointment of Jodee Brentlinger to the position of superintendent at its board meeting of June 14.

Brentlinger currently serves as assistant superintendent for educational services in the Ocean View School District in Huntington Beach, a district with 8,300 students. A California educator for 30 years, Brentlinger began her career as an elementary and middle school teacher in the Capistrano Unified School District. She has served in various site and district level leadership roles, including elementary assistant principal and principal, director of teacher development, executive director of personnel services, assistant superintendent of personnel, and assistant superintendent of educational services.

“Mrs. Brentlinger’s strong leadership profile and proven track record, while building and fostering meaningful relationships and trust with the school community, make her an ideal match for our district,” said SBSD Board President Debra Schade. “Her extensive experience in the areas of instructional leadership, school finance, special education, facilities and human resources make her an excellent choice for the next leader of our district.”

Schade added, “The selection of Mrs. Brentlinger demonstrates our commitment to collaborative leadership that will continue to ensure a world-class education for all kids while moving our district forward with innovative student-centered initiatives that enhance and support learning.”

"I look forward to joining an exemplary school district which clearly focuses on students and values teachers, staff, families, and the community as key contributors to its success," Brentlinger said.

Recruitment efforts for the SBSD superintendent position by consultants from the firm of Hazard, Young and Attea garnered significant interest from across the state and country. Twenty-nine applicants applied for the position, including several sitting superintendents. Candidates were evaluated through a series of interviews with search consultants, and the Board of Education, and will conclude with a visit to Brentlinger’s current work site in Huntington Beach on June 7.

Brentlinger implemented several innovative programs during her tenure in the Ocean View School District, including those in the visual and performing arts, and a unique reading and writing program that also supports instruction in handwriting. During her tenure in both the Capistrano Unified School District and Ocean View School District she helped develop collaborative relationships with stakeholders to engage them in instructional decisions.

As a top administrator in Capistrano, Brentlinger helped oversee over 4,000 employees, experience complemented by her subsequent time in the smaller Ocean View District. While serving as director of teacher development in Capistrano she led a beginning teacher support program that supported over 400 teachers.

With approval of her employment agreement at the June 14 board meeting, Brentlinger would begin duties July 1, 2018. She replaces Terry Decker, who is retiring. --News release