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Orinda Names Superintendent

By asoglin
Tuesday, May 8th, 2007 at 12:09 pm in Orinda.

The Orinda Union School District named Joe Jaconette as the new superintendent for the 2,000-student district.

Jaconette, who has a doctorate in education from UC Berkeley, will take the reins from current superintendent Frank Brunetti, who is retiring at the end of June. Brunetti has headed the district for the last seven years.

Jaconette has an extensive background in education. He currently works at McGraw-Hill in Sacramento in government relations for the educational publishing company. Jaconette was superintendent for both Pacific Grove and Carmel school districts, five years at each. He has also worked as an assistant superintendent and as a middle school teacher.

Jaconette was chosen because of his experience with curriculum, working with education foundations and leading a bond campaign, said Pat Rudebusch, board president.

“We choose him for a number of reasons, certainly his breadth of experience,” she said. “He brings a rich understanding of curriculum that he gained as an educator but also in his current work he has a deep understanding of state curriculum issues.”

Jaconette will begin on July 1, but will spend some time in June with Brunetti meeting the staff and getting to know the district, Rudebusch said.

The district and Jaconette agreed to a four year contract of $189,671 per year, there are no additional benefits.

Elisabeth Nardi

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