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Alameda Superintendent Vital to Depart for SoCal

Superintendent Kirsten Vital, who has come under much scrutiny and criticism over the past few years, is leaving the Alameda Unified School District to become leader of the San Juan Capistrano Unified School District.

The Capistrano school board selected Vital during a closed session on June 14, the Alameda Journal reports today.

Alameda school district trustees are now expected to begin the process to find a replacement for Vital, who took over from Ardella Dailey after she retired in January 2009.

Before coming to Alameda, Vital served as chief of accountability for the Oakland Unified School District. She also worked as director of instruction for the Los Angeles Unified School District and as the health and human services director for the East Los Angles Unified School District.

During Vital’s tenure in Alameda, there were conflicts over the relocation of charter schools, heated issues with the teacher’s union, complaints related to the district’s leasing of pricey offices in Marina Village and other controversies.

Janet Levaux