Simi Valley : Schools Chief Won't Seek Another Post

Simi Valley Unified School District Supt. Mary Beth Wolford said Thursday that she has dropped out of contention for a job as superintendent of a school district in Washington state.

Wolford said she called the search consultant for the South Kitsap County School District on Thursday morning and withdrew. She was one of six finalists.

Wolford, who was born in Washington and still has family there, said the location was tempting. But she said the outcome of a vote at Monday night's Simi Valley school board meeting helped her decide to stay.

At the meeting, the board voted 4 to 1 to convert Sequoia Junior High School to a magnet high school, clearing the way for the district to add the ninth grade to high schools. Wolford is a strong advocate of four-year high schools.

"I really need to be here to help that come about," she said. "Leaders like challenges, and that's a good challenge."

Wolford said she thought that interviewing for the job was a worthwhile experience, but that she had no immediate plans to apply for other positions.

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