Rooney named Eureka Union School District superintendent

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Linda Rooney, deputy superintendent of Educational Services for the Rocklin Unified School District, has been named District Superintendent of the Eureka Union School District. The announcement was made at the Eureka Union School District Board of Trustee meeting on March 13. Rooney will assume her new role on July 1. In the interim, she will work closely with interim superintendent Paul Carras to ensure a smooth and seamless transition at the Rocklin Unified School District. “Linda Rooney has been a tremendous asset to our district. Her leadership has helped make Rocklin Unified School District one of the premier school districts in Northern California. We wish her well as she embarks on this new step in her leadership career in California’s public schools,” said Rocklin USD Superintendent Kevin Brown. Eureka Union School District Board President Kristie Greiss is pleased to welcome Rooney. “In these challenging times, the Eureka Union School District finds it necessary to have a leader with the experience to deal with difficult issues, as well as lead and inspire our dedicated staff and community,” said Greiss. “We are confident that Mrs. Rooney demonstrates not only these attributes, but many others that will continue to maintain Eureka Union School District’s reputation as the top performing district in not only the greater Sacramento area, but all of California.” Rooney began her career as an elementary teacher in 1976, serving as a bilingual Kindergarten teacher at Palm Avenue School in Wasco. She moved to the Pleasant Ridge Union School District in Grass Valley in 1978 where she served the district for the next 30 years, serving as a classroom teacher, principal, assistant superintendent, and Superintendent. She joined the Rocklin Unified School District in 2008 and currently serves as deputy superintendent, Educational Services. Rooney earned her Bachelor of Arts degree and California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from California State University, Chico and her Master of Arts Degree and California Administrative Services Credential from California State University, Sacramento. “I have been impressed with Linda Rooney’s leadership in public education over the past three decades,” said Tom DeLapp, chairman of the Rocklin Educational Excellence Foundation. “Every day she finds positive ways to improve educational opportunities for all children. She certainly will be missed, but her legacy as a leader will endure for the students of Rocklin.” Throughout her career in serving students and district communities, Rooney has embraced and demonstrated her commitment and dedication to inspired teamwork. She has served her communities with enthusiasm, compassion, professionalism, integrity and excellence. Her tireless efforts to provide instructional leadership for the benefit of students, staff and families have been recognized at local, regional and state levels.