The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District board is scheduled to approve the appointment of Tim Cuneo as interim superintendent of the district on Thursday, July 10th.

Cuneo replaces Dianne Talarico, who recently accepted a job as superintendent for a smaller school district in Northern California.

As interim superintendent, Cuneo will be responsible for all day-to-day activities within the Santa Monica-Malibu district.

“After hearing from parents, assessing our needs and interviewing four highly-qualified former superintendents, we are thrilled to offer the interim superintendent position to Tim,” said board president Oscar de la Torre. “As the district continues to provide excellent education for its students, Mr. Cuneo’s experience will be a critical and strategic part of our plan to strengthen governance, improve special education and implement school construction plans as outlined in Measure BB.

“He brings extensive background in board protocol, policy development and team building, which will deliver an immediate benefit to our district.”

Most recently, 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 District 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 public/private partnership investing in K-12 school reform.

From 1966 to 1996, he held various 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 (ACSA).

In addition, he has served on a variety of boards, including PACE (Policy Analysis for California Education), the Tech Museum of Innovation, Hewlett Packard Employee Scholarship Committee and the Xerox National Education Advisory Council.

Cuneo holds a bachelor’s degree in biological science from Chico State University, a master’s degree in counseling and guidance from the University of Santa Clara and a California Administrative Credential from San Jose State University.