The Cabrillo Unified School District board members have tapped a North Bay administrator to lead the Coastside’s largest school system into the future because, they say, he has a proven track record with English-language learners and raising money, among other things.
Tony Roehrick emerged Friday as the sole finalist for the Cabrillo superintendent’s position. He is currently superintendent of the Bellevue Union School District in Santa Rosa. Cabrillo board President Kirk Reimer said he was “99.9 percent” certain Roehrick would be formally hired at the board’s May 31 meeting. If approved, he would earn $167,000 in base salary with additional benefits. That is similar to the package paid the outgoing superintendent.
The board interviewed six candidates in a process that began weeks ago, when current Superintendent Rob Gaskill announced he would retire at the end of the school year. Roehrick is expected to start his new job on July1, a date that corresponds with the 47th anniversary of the Cabrillo district.
“He’s authentic. He’s real. He’s highly regarded,” Riemer explained Friday as he and a delegation that included school union representatives and Cabrillo Education Foundation members returned from a visit to the Bellevue district. “(Roehrick) is an outstanding and thoughtful person.”
Roehrick is credited with increasing student achievement among English-language learners, helping to pass a school bond and integrating upgraded technology at the Santa Rosa district. The Bellevue district is kindergarten through sixth-grade only and has 1,700 students. The Cabrillo district includes four elementary schools, one middle school and a high school.
Prior to working in the Bellevue district, Roehick served as superintendent in the Alexander Valley Union School District, another K-6 school district, and as principal for 13 years in both Petaluma and Concord. He began his career with teaching positions in Santa Rosa.
“We liked him because of what he has done and is capable of doing is exactly what Cabrillo needs,” Riemer said.
Roehrick could not be immediately reached on Friday. In prepared comments included in a press release, he said he and his wife were looking forward to relocating to the coast.
“I am very excited to begin working with the Cabrillo Unified School District students, staff, and community,” he said. “I appreciate the level of excellence that is present in this district and I am confident in our collective ability to strengthen our instructional programs to ensure each student has every opportunity to realize their fullest potential.”