More than half a year after he was appointed to serve on an interim basis, Tim Cuneo is scheduled to be approved as the new superintendent of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District.

District officials said the Board of Education is expected to approve the appointment of Cuneo as superintendent at its meeting Thursday, February 5th. Cuneo took over the position on an interim basis in July, following the departure of former Superintendent Dianne Talarico.

“We are pleased to have Mr. Cuneo agree to lead our district for the next two and a half years,” Board of Education president Ralph Mechur said. “He has brought stability to the district, which will help us to focus on important educational issues and continue the district’s efforts to close the achievement gap.”

Board vice president Barry Snell added, “Tim Cuneo has many years of experience in education and exemplifies the type of leadership required to maintain high educational standards in our school district. We appreciate Mr. Cuneo’s commitment to working with all groups within the communities.”

Prior to joining the school district, Cuneo served as senior partner with Cuneo-Zinner Group in San Jose, specializing in organizational development for both public and private educational ventures. In 2007-08, he served as the foreman pro tem for the Santa Clara County Grand Jury.

Prior to that, Cuneo was interim superintendent for Scotts Valley Unified School Ditrict and senior executive director for 21st Century Education Initiative as part of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network. In his role with Joint Venture, Cuneo was responsible for all aspects of the public/ private partnership investing in kindergarten through 12th grade school reform.

From 1966 to 1996, he held numerous superintendent, assistant superintendent, and dean of curriculum and instruction positions with Oak Grove, Whisman, Pajaro Valley Unified and Fremont Union High School districts.

Cuneo is a former president of the Association of California School Administrators. He has also served on a variety of boards from PACE (Policy Analysis for California Education), the Tech Museum of Innovation, Hewlett Packard Employee Scholarship Committee, as well as the Xerox National Education Advisory Council. Cuneo holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in biological science from Chico State University, a master’s degree in counseling and guidance from University of Santa Clara, and a California Administrative Credential from San Jose State University.

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