After serving five years as CNUSD Superintendent, Dr. Kent Bechler announced Tuesday, March 6, that he will be retiring in August 2012.

Dr. Bechler has worked in education for the past 32 years and has paved the way for many successes in the Corona-Norco district, including increasing academic scores and advancing technology for students.

“With a steady hand and the pulse on the district, [Bechler] steered the course that maintained fiscal solvency, protected jobs and always ensured students continued to come first,” said CNUSD Board of Education president Bill Newberry.

The CNUSD Board of Education has begun the task of hiring a new superintendent. Dr. Bechler has stated that he is fully committed to the district and will remain until the Board secures a new superintendent.

The Board is currently in the beginning stages of hiring an executive search firm that will solicit input from the staff and community about the desired qualities, background and experience of the next CNUSD superintendent.

Despite the tough decision to leave the K-12 education field, Dr. Bechler is looking forward to focusing on new projects, especially those involving areas he has always stressed: leadership development, creativity, balance and risk-taking.

“While the decision to make a change is extremely difficult, I take comfort in knowing that each of you will continue to enhance the district and the preparation of our students as they plan for college or careers,” said Dr. Bechler.

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