The Emeryville school board, which oversees a district with 726 students in two schools, approved a three-year contract Wednesday night for a new superintendent.

The board named John Rubio to the position starting July 1. Rubio replaces Debbra Lindo who retired abruptly in January without explanation. School officials at the time refused to explain why Lindo left, citing the confidentiality of personnel discussions.

Rubio's salary will start at $177,000 a year and grow to $184,150 by 2016, an increase of roughly 4 percent.

Rubio beat out 60 applicants for the job. He currently is an assistant superintendent in the Live Oak School District in Santa Cruz. Rubio previously spent 14 years in the San Francisco Unified School district as a teacher and principal and was in charge of educational technology there.

"At my core, I am a strong teacher," Rubio said in a statement released by the school district. "It affects everything I do and perceive. I look forward to learning as much as I can as fast as I can."

The Emeryville school district had just 36 graduating seniors last year. It currently has two schools, a kindergarten through eighth grade school and a high school which it leases from the Oakland school district. The Emeryville school district is building a new all-in-one school that will teach kindergarten through 12th grade.

Contact Doug Oakley at 925-234-1699. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/douglasoakley



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