Exeter Unified locks down Eddy though 2022
Exeter Unified superintendent George Eddy accepts three year deal worth $187,866 annually
EXETER – The Exeter Unified School District will have at least three years of security for their top spot, now that they have inked superintendent George Eddy to a long term deal.
During the District’s July 10 board meeting, Eddy accepted an agreement through June 30, 2022 with an annual salary of $187,866 after the board unanimously voted in favor of the deal.
While the contract to lock down Eddy is a done deal, the agreement to hire him in the first place was met with some initial conflict. This year at its Jan. 16 meeting, the district board approved a contract and officially named Eddy as its new superintendent. Eddy replaced Tim Hire who was sworn in as Tulare County superintendent of schools Jan. 7 following the November election. Hire had served as EUSD superintendent since 2012.
Eddy spent the last seven years as EUSD’s director of administrative services and the last three as director of career and technical education. He has an extensive technology background and has handled human resources for all classified employees and assisted Tim Hire with human resources and negotiations for certificated employees.
“My biggest goal is to make sure students are graduating and that they become part of their community,” Eddy said in an interview after the January meeting. “I want to make sure they are good citizens and that they are educated to the fullest.”
Not everyone agreed with the hiring.
The most vocal opponent of Eddy’s permanent appointment was the superintendent who brought him to the district. Renee Whitson, who served as superintendent of Exeter Public Schools from 1995 to 2012, hired Eddy in 2009 as the district’s director of technology and student achievement. Whitson said the lack of stakeholder input, the absence of a job description, and no identified criteria for the hiring process “has fostered and promoted unanswered questions, confusion, disbelief, and loss of trust in our school district for many members of our educational community and community at-large.” Whitson said her comments were not an attack on Eddy or a protest of his appointment, but a criticism of the process by which he was hired.
Whitson went on to say that the board could easily make Eddy the interim superintendent for the remainder of the school year and then evaluate him before giving him a permanent position. She said the six month period would allow the board the time for a full search, recruitment, application, interview and vetting as well as include community stakeholders in the process.
Eddy has 28 years of education experience, with most of his career in the San Joaquin Valley. He has been a classified employee, counselor, teacher, and administrator. Prior to taking a position with EUSD, Eddy worked in the district office of two other school districts, Gustine Unified and North Monterey County Unified.
His longest tenure was 17 years at Turlock Unified. Eddy still lives in Turlock where he helps run a family bakery but spends his weeknights in Exeter at a hotel to avoid the daily commute.