For 16 years Dr. Crocker has been at the rains as San Luis Obispo Counties Superintendant. He now plans to retire in June. Of 2015 and with his support the next person to fill his sizable shoes will be James Brescia.Photo contributed by SLO County Office of Education
SAN LUIS OBISPO — After 16 years of service to the community of San Luis Obispo County Superintendent of Schools Julian Crocker has announced he will not be seeking re-election and has endorsed a man with Paso Robles ties to succeed him.
Crocker has given his vote of confidence to candidate James Brescia, who is currently Superintendent of the Cayucos Elementary School District. Brescia plans to run for the elected county office in the June primary. Brescia was the longtime principal at St. Rose Catholic School in Paso Robles prior to moving to Cayucos.
Crocker plans to retire at the end of the current term on Jan. 5, 2015. He said it is time to do something different.
“I have been in the job for 16 years and now in my 70s I think it is time for me to focus on something new,” said Crocker. “I am going to be brushing up on my French, join a line dancing group and spend time with my six grandchildren. We may even get to some traveling.”
Elected in 1998, Crocker has served three consecutive four-year terms of office. Over the years, Crocker was also the Superintendent of the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District for nine years, served as a district superintendent in San Mateo and in Santa Clara Counties. He expressed that the success of the county schools should only be attributed to the wonderful teachers and not to him.
“I think our teachers need to be recognized for their efforts to maintain the highest level of education in our county,” said Crocker. “They should all be commended for the connections they make with students and the quality of education they provide. They are really responsible for student success and for the success of the county’s schools.”
Crocker explained that one of the reasons he is supporting Brescia is because he understands that the teachers are what make a school successful. Crocker met Brescia when he was a teacher in Paso Robles. Now superintendent in Cayucos, Crocker feels Brescia has what it takes to become a successful county superintendent.
“I first knew him when he was a teacher in the Paso Robles School District and I feel that he has the experience and know how to make a run for it,” said Crocker. “Dr. Brescia has the academic training as well as successful teaching and administrative experience in the county to continue the mission of the County Office of Education of promoting student success by supporting local school districts, providing specialized services for students and giving countywide leadership for public education. Brescia has the support of the other district superintendents in our county and the senior administrative staff of the County Office of Education,” Crocker stated in a press release announcing his retirement.
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Dr. Julian Crocker, San Luis Obispo, County District Office, Retirement