Novato High School has a new leader.
The board of trustees unanimously voted this week to approve Matt Baldwin as the school's next principal, beginning in July.
Baldwin comes over from Las Lomas High School in Walnut Creek, where he is in his second year as an assistant principal.
"He's known to be a really strong instructional leader," said board president Shelly Scott. "I know the board and I are really excited to have him coming in."
Baldwin is replacing Rey Mayoral, who is retiring after 38 years in education, including the last 10 as Novato High's principal.
"I'm 62. I'm of retirement age," Mayoral said. "As much as I love Novato High School, and as much I love what I do, I thought it was time. And I thought it was time for someone else to come in and lead the school forward."
This will be Baldwin's first principal position. Before joining Las Lomas two years ago, he spent two years as an assistant principal at Agoura High School, in Southern California. He is from Ventura County.
"This is a unique opportunity to step in as principal in such an amazing area," said Baldwin, 38. "It was too enticing to pass up."
Baldwin, who will be earning a base salary of $130,000, said he believes his strengths lie in curriculum, and particularly in Common Core standards. Superintendent Shalee Cunningham said Common Core experience was one of his more enticing traits.
"He came very highly recommended from the folks he works with, from teachers and supervisors and community members," Cunningham said.
Mayoral said Baldwin will get "great support" from the school's staff and parents.
Baldwin said that based on what he has heard about the Novato High community, he expects to be well supported in a "seamless" transition.
"The time period we're in (regarding) education right now is exciting," Baldwin said. "Being able to step in and help lead a school and work as a team in Novato is going to be great."
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