RODEO -- The tiny John Swett school district has chosen a longtime teacher, football coach and administrator from the much larger San Ramon Valley school district as its new superintendent.
Trustees appointed San Ramon Valley secondary education director Rob Stockberger to the district's top job at their Wednesday evening meeting.
Stockberger, 57, is replacing Mike McLaughlin, who resigned in June to take over as superintendent in San Leandro.
Stockberger has spent his entire career in the San Ramon Valley district, beginning in 1978 as a coach at Monte Vista High School in Danville and California High School in San Ramon.
He was promoted to head football coach at Monte Vista in 1981. He turned the program into a Bay Area powerhouse that won four North Coast Section championships.
Stockberger left teaching in 1990 to become an assistant principal at San Ramon Valley High School in Danville, then took over as principal of California High in 1995.
He became the district's secondary education director in 1999, where he said he became involved in curriculum development, personnel and budgeting, and showed further versatility with his involvement in the design and development of Dougherty Valley High School in San Ramon.
"I've attempted to position myself for a (superintendent's job) for professional development," Stockberger said.
"We were very impressed with his professional experience, including his background in curriculum," said Jim Delgadillo, president of the John Swett school board. "He is an exceptional candidate with great leadership ability."
Stockberger will take over management of the district's school construction program. Ninety-year-old John Swett High School in Crockett is in the midst of a rebuild, and trustees have commissioned a seismic evaluation of the aging Carquinez Middle School across the street that will be completed in a couple of weeks, Delgadillo said.
If the middle school needs to be replaced, the district may need to put a school construction bond on the ballot to raise the money.
"Any decisions we'll be making on the middle school will be based on the (seismic) report," Delgadillo said.
Besides the high school and middle school, the John Swett district operates Rodeo Hills Elementary School in Rodeo and Willow High School, a continuation school, in Crockett.
Stockberger's base annual salary will be $155,000.