Pasadena Unified School District Superintendent Brian McDonald Ed.D Announce Dr. Pappalardo's Departure from District

Published : Friday, February 6, 2015 | 5:19 PM

Dr. Brian McDonald (l) and Dr. John Pappalardo (r). Photo courtesy PUSD

Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) Superintendent Brian McDonald, Ed.D. and Chief Finance Officer John Pappalardo, Ed.D. have announced that Dr. Pappalardo will be leaving the District to pursue a new opportunity. His resignation from PUSD was effective February 5, 2015.

“I am proud of all that has been accomplished during my time with Pasadena Unified,” said Dr. Pappalardo. “We weathered many storms due to the reduced revenue received from the state during the Great Recession but we managed to still provide a quality education for all PUSD students.”

Since joining PUSD in March 2009, Dr. Pappalardo has guided the district through tremendous financial pressure and economic uncertainty as funding from the state was drastically reduced. During his tenure, the district achieved clear audits, a signal of sound fiscal management. Dr. Pappalardo has also been acting as Chief Facilities Officer since 2013 supervising the maintenance and operations of the district as well as overseeing the construction of district facilities under Measure TT.

“I thank John for his service to the children and staff of PUSD,” said PUSD Superintendent Dr. Brian McDonald. “The executive leadership positions held by Dr. Pappalardo are critical to the effective operation of a school district.”

PUSD will begin the search for a new Chief Finance Officer and Chief Facilities Officer immediately.

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