SOLEDAD — Board members from Soledad Unified School District met July 28 for a special meeting to discuss the approval of reopening framework for the upcoming 2020-21 school year, but during the communications portion of the meeting, Superintendent Tim Vanoli announced his retirement.
Vanoli’s last day with the district will be Dec. 18.
“Today, I’m announcing my retirement after serving 37 years as an educator,” Vanoli said. “I started my career in 1983 as a classroom teacher, where I taught for six years. I then moved into administration where I have served for over 31 years.”
Board Member Josie Perez-Aguilera credited Vanoli with being the leadership that oversaw the revamping of Main Street Middle School and getting needed support for the Hartnell bond.
“We’re saddened by your departure, your retirement, but I understand that times are different right now and you want to spend some time with your family,” Perez-Aguilera said.
According to Board Member Monica Pantoja, Vanoli brought professionalism, positivity and passion to his work.
“I wish you and your family the best in your new chapter and your new adventure,” Pantoja said.
Board President Javier Galvan thanked Vanoli for his leadership and teamwork. He credited the outgoing superintendent as being someone the union members felt comfortable talking with.
“Once you got here, you brought in important people who helped you make the district better and lead us in the right direction,” Galvan said.
Vanoli gave thanks to the Soledad community and the board for their support.
“It has been so rewarding to lead the school system that I once attended as a student,” he said. “We have accomplished a lot together since my arrival in the district, and there is still a lot more work to be accomplished.”
Vanoli said he has enjoyed his time working in education and added that he will work with the board to ensure a smooth transition of leadership.
“Thank you for continuing to focus on every student every day,” he said to the board.