LH School district admin to retire
By Jay Seidel
La Habra Journal
After 40 years working in the field of education, Dr. Susan Belenardo announced her retirement last week.
The La Habra City School District superintendent will serve her last day on August 5.
Belenardo served the last 14 years with La Habra City School District. For the last eight years, she served as the district’s superintendent, and prior to that as assistant superintendent for six.
Over this time, she has seen some changes.
“I am most proud of how far the district has come in creating a 21st Century learning environment for all students,” Belenardo said. “This includes the implementation of the Common Core Standards, the 4 C’s – Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, and Critical Thinking, embracing a Growth Mindset, and using technology to support instruction.”
Belenardo added that the changes and growth in the district would not have been possible without the collaborative efforts of “a great team of administrators, certificated and classified staff members dedicated to the work they do for the children in the La Habra City School District.”
She also pointed out the support of the past and current board members.
While Belenardo is retiring from her position as superintendent, she will continue teaching education administration at University of California, Irvine and volunteering time to Autism Awareness.
“I don’t know how to define retirement,” she said with a laugh. “I plan on spending more time with my family, and having time for more travel adventures. I am most looking forward to flexibility to do what I want when I want.”
The district board members will post a job listing and appoint an interim superintendent.
A committee will be put together to select a new superintendent. “We will be following procedures,” said Board President John Dobson. “We will make sure we do it right.”
With only four board members, Dobson said that he didn’t foresee a new superintendent being hired until after the November elections and the placement of a full board.