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December 2019

Dear Families and Community Members,

 As you know, Mrs. Diane Perez, Superintendent of San Jacinto Unified School District, tendered her resignation on December 4, 2019. In an email sent to all district employees, Mrs. Perez stated that, “this year has been challenging for her family. While there is no place she would rather work, her priority to God and family at this time in her life must come first.”  We offer Mrs. Perez a huge thank-you for all she has done for the district in her six years as superintendent.

For some of you, my name is familiar. I previously served as SJUSD superintendent for eight years, prior to Mrs. Perez.  I am honored the SJUSD Board of Trustees invited me back to serve as interim superintendent as they decide their next steps in selecting a new superintendent. I am excited to provide leadership and support to the greater SJUSD school community during the upcoming weeks.

I have begun visiting the school sites again, visiting classrooms, and talking with students and staff.  I’ve had the opportunity to become reacquainted with many familiar faces while at the same time, meeting those who have become part of the SJUSD team over the past six years.

It is impressive to see the powerful support that the district has received from our greater school community. Many thanks to the voters of San Jacinto who supported and passed Measure Y, the capital facilities bond measure. What an endorsement of SJUSD! Our students and staff deserve no less. The improvements and enhancements to our school facilities and grounds are spectacular. Construction on the new Monte Vista Middle School continues and expected opening for students and staff is August 2021.

I am committed to continuing to provide equity and access to ensure each and every student achieves high levels of learning while developing cultural responsiveness and social responsibility. I am committed and focused on supporting an environment of trust, transparency, and mutual respect. We come together to support the children of SJUSD.  I am thankful to rejoin our talented and dedicated staff. Regardless of your role, every individual contributes to the education of each student that parents and families entrust to our care. Thank you for entrusting us with this incredible honor and responsibility. Together I know that we will make decisions and take actions that are in the best interest of our students.


Shari L. Fox, Ed.D.

Interim Superintendent

Contact Information:
Dr. Shari L. Fox
Interim Superintendent
Executive Asst. to the Superintendent and Board of Trustees
Administrative Secretary