HUNTINGTON BEACH — A superintendent with a "strong student-centered philosophy" from a San Bernardino County school district Tuesday was named head of schools for the Huntington Beach Union High School District.
Ron Bennett, 53, superintendent of the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District, will replace David Hagen, 51, who resigned in May to follow his wife to her new job in Pennsylvania.
Bennett, who lives in Coto de Caza, won the unanimous approval of the trustees after a three-month nationwide search. Bennett will be paid $125,000 a year, $20,000 more than his predecessor.
"Bennett has the educational philosophy that is perfect for this district," said Board President Bonnie Castrey. "He is a proven, experienced visionary leader."