Wendy Sinnette, assistant superintendent of human resources at the La Cañada Unified School District, will take over as superintendent of the district in July, replacing current Supt. Jim Stratton, who last week announced his retirement, effective at the end of the current school year.
The district's governing board filled the impending vacancy created by Stratton's announcement in less than a week, choosing to forgo a national search for candidates and opting instead to promote from within. The board chose to bypass an in-depth search to save money and because such searches haven't always yielded a good fit for the district in the past, school board member Joel Peterson said.
"We were very fortunate that Jim, in his foresight, set up a very strong team with a very deep bench that we can look to for many years to come," Peterson said. "One of those people to us was clearly Wendy Sinnette. We believe, with Jim's guidance over the next couple of months, she is going to be the best person for the job and make for the smoothest transition to carry forth and build upon what Jim has created."