Mammoth School Superintendent suddenly resigns

Rich Boccia

Rich Boccia

After a series of closed sessions with the Mammoth School Board, Superintendent Rich Boccia has resigned effective Friday, March 1st.

Board member Gloria Vasquez said she could not comment on Boccia’s sudden departure. Said Vasquez, “Members of the Board don’t talk about personnel matters in public.”  She could not confirm or deny community rumors about Boccia’s resignation. What is known is in a letter issued by the School Board to the staff.

Signed by all Board members, the letter, dated Thursday, February 28th, says, “We wish to inform you of a significant event that took place at last night’s Board meeting. Superintendent Boccia informed the Board of Education that he will be leaving the district, effective Friday, March 1st.” The letter goes on to say that Boccia shared with the Board that “this was a very difficult, personal decision.”

The letter wishes Boccia well and thanks him for his commitment to address instructional topics. There is no stated reason in the letter for Boccia’s immediate departure.

Board members do say in the letter that they are taking action to identify an interim superintendent and are confident they will have someone in place within the next few weeks.  The Board planned to consider this issue in a special board meeting and closed session Monday at 4:30pm.

In June of 2010, Mammoth School Board had announced that Boccia was the finalist in their superintendent search. They had interviewed six finalists that they called “highly qualified.” Officials had also visited Boccia’s previous school district in Pasadena and said he had worked as a principal at elementary, middle and high school levels.

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12 Responses to Mammoth School Superintendent suddenly resigns

  1. Rumors? October 10, 2013 at 7:34 am #

    Can anyone tell me any of the rumors about Mr. Boccia? Boccia is now at my school district and I am curious about these rumors.

  2. Funnysloper March 21, 2013 at 10:01 pm #

    Rumor has it ?

    • Rumor March 22, 2013 at 9:57 am #

      Beware of the dreaded ego.

  3. Funnysloper March 21, 2013 at 2:26 pm #

    Glad to see Boccia go. I have known him personally and professionally for over a decade
    and always felt he was a bad fit for Mammoth.WAY too big of an ego for a district as small as ours.

    • Rumor has it March 21, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

      That’s funny … Boccia speaks highly of you, Funnysloper?

      • Funnysloper March 21, 2013 at 9:37 pm #

        I am glad he speaks highly of me lol. He is a very passionate and talented administrator, just not a good fit in my opinion. That isn’t a slam on him just
        an observation.

  4. Observer March 2, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

    Sic semper tyrannis!

    • Big AL March 3, 2013 at 2:11 am #

      Virginia commonwealth’s motto.

  5. Jake March 2, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

    Now they need to get rid of Gabe at the High School.

    • Lisa March 3, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

      Yes. He does need to go. Underachieving to the max.

      • Husky Alum March 5, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

        Gotta love the view from the “cheap” seats. For once in the last 13 years (since Mr. Oldham) we have a Principal that can maybe bring the school back to where it use to be at one time (great faculty, academics, and SPORTS)…….the Board is what needs to go! Hats off to Gabe for what he has done since taking the job.

  6. Mark March 2, 2013 at 8:41 am #

    This reeks of more drama coming soon.


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