STOCKTON — A new face now occupies a seat among the Stockton Unified School District Board of Trustees.

Tuesday evening’s regularly scheduled meeting was John Deasy’s first as the district’s superintendent, 11 days after he officially started.

Before he gave his superintendent report, Board President Angela Phillips acknowledged Deasy with applause from a sparse audience.

“We are excited for our new journey with you,” she said.

“It feels good having you down there,” trustee Kathy Garcia said.

Deasy spoke for five minutes and highlighted that he has been able to attend five high school graduations, visited 15 campuses and will move into a new house in Stockton by July 1.

“I’m very grateful to you all … this is just really a warm welcome, a genuine welcome. This has meant a great deal to my wife and I,” Deasy said.

Deasy, 58, was approved by trustees to become SUSD’s next leader on May 8. His contract is set for three years and a salary of $275,000 to oversee San Joaquin County’s largest school district, with 41,000 students in 54 schools and an overall budget of $580 million.

Deasy released a 15-page blueprint on June 1 that highlighted goals and promises centered around steps to quickly gather information and data on both the district and community, to assessing the district’s strengths and weaknesses and identifying critical issues.

“We all play a role in lifting our youth out of poverty and in communicating our absolute conviction that poverty is not destiny,” Deasy wrote in a letter to parents. “I graciously accept all support and help in the transition to my new community, job, and opportunity to serve.”

With SUSD on summer break, the next few months will be centered around Deasy meeting as many faces as possible from school officials, principals, administrators, and teachers, to students, parents, business leaders and city officials. Deasy also plans sit-downs with the district’s labor partners.

“In addition, by having a truly collaborative and trusting culture in our district we can and will learn from each other, and we will be, in short order, a model school district in California and the nation,” Deasy said.

The plan also outlined scheduling a retreat with the seven-member Board of Trustees within the first 45 days. Doing so will accomplish communication, problem-solving, policy-governance and establish both short- and long-term goals and expectations.

“It’s a good start for eight days,” Deasy said. “I look forward to a strong and public board superintendent leadership team for the results that you asking for and that you deserve in short order.”

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