Announcing ESD Interim Superintendent
Evergreen School District Board of Trustees Appoints Steve Betando Interim Superintendent
Experienced education leader to serve in temporary role until June 30, 2022
(San Jose, CA) At its board meeting on January 13, 2022, the Evergreen School District Board of Trustees appointed veteran education leader Steve Betando to serve as Evergreen School District’s Interim Superintendent, following the departure of Superintendent Dr. Emy Flores, who accepted a Superintendent position in West Covina Unified School District.
At the same meeting, the Evergreen School District Board of Trustees also approved the request for proposals to begin the process of hiring a consultant to assist in the permanent Superintendent search process. Once a search firm is hired, then the district will announce its search process.
Betando recently retired after serving eight years as the Superintendent of the Morgan Hill Unified School District (MHUSD). Mr. Betando has consulted with education agencies, including the Santa Clara County Office of Education and Evergreen School District. His recent work during the 2021-2022 school year has focused on leadership development, institutional capacity building, and managing special projects. One of his current projects includes the coordination of public and private health agency partnerships to operate vaccine clinics in schools throughout the County. Mr. Betando also serves aspiring human resource administrators as the current Director of the Association of California School Administrators’ Personnel Academy.
“I am encouraged by the dedicated and long-time staff who have worked hard to support all departments and programs,” said Betando. “I am also impressed with the community support. I have appreciated getting to work with Dr. Flores and I see many initiatives under her leadership guiding Evergreen schools and students with high expectations and toward greater success. Evergreen’s emphasis on equity is significant and should be a tenant for your next permanent Superintendent,” he continued.
Evergreen School District’s Board of Trustees considered applications who were interested in serving as the Interim Superintendent. “Mr. Betando’s depth of experience both as a Superintendent and his other leadership position, joined with his expertise in leadership development and capacity building are key reasons why the Board of Trustees selected him as the Interim Superintendent,” said Board President Chris Corpus. “Under his leadership, our district continue to offer excellent educational programs and prioritize student and staff safety with COVID-19, and continue to advance our equity initiatives,” he continued.
An educator with 37 years of experience, Mr. Betando got his professional start as a classroom teacher at Kennedy Elementary in the Franklin-McKinley School District. His varied experience as a teacher (elementary, secondary, higher education) and as a site administrator, includes eight years as a principal. His district administrator experience consists of assistant superintendent positions over three divisions (Education Services, Human Resources, and Business Services), along with eight years’ service as a Superintendent. Over the course of his career, Mr. Betando presented before State and Federal legislative bodies to influence law change in support of public education. He taught for new teacher induction programs, courses on Education Finance and Law for the University of the Pacific, and a variety of other seminars and workshops at State and National conferences
Betando has his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Special Education, as well as a Master of Arts in Education, Administration, and Supervision. He is an alumnus from San Jose State University, and he did his graduate work at California State University, Stanislaus, and the University of the Pacific. As an active supporter of proactive groups for community benefit, Mr. Betando is also an advocate for the visual and performing arts, health-related causes, and environmental advocacy.
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