Wednesday, September 1, 2010

NEWS RELEASE -- District Names Chief Financial Officer

NEWS RELEASE from the San Diego Unified School District, Aug. 31, 2010


SAN DIEGO -- A Northern California school official and MBA, Ronald D. Little
II, is the new Chief Financial Officer of the San Diego Unified School

His appointment was approved at the Tuesday, Aug. 31, Board of Education
meeting, after being submitted by Supt. Bill Kowba.

"We're excited to have someone of Ron's background join us at San Diego
Unified," said Supt. Kowba. "His appointment completes our senior management

For the last three years, Little has been associate superintendent of
business services for the 9,500 student South San Francisco Unified School
District. Previously, Little served for nearly three years as Chief Business
official for 3,000-student San Carlos School District.

Little brings a varied background to his new leadership position with San
Diego Unified. He also worked in city finance before moving to the public
education sector. He began his career working for cities in the San
Francisco Bay Area, including Palo Alto, Burlingame and San Anselmo, where
he served as Director of Recreation for 2004.

San Diego Unified School District¹s new CFO holds a master¹s of business
administration from the University of San Francisco, with a concentration in
finance. He is a graduate of University of California-Irvine, where he
received his degree in English literature before earning advanced degrees
and professional certifications in finance, from the University of Southern
California and the California Association of School Business Officials.

In the Bay Area, Little oversees a general fund operational budget of $75
million. His improvement in financial oversight resulted in significant cost
savings, smooth external audits and an upgrade in bond ratings. He also has
experience in community outreach, serving on multiple committees
collaborating with area schools and institutions. In the San Carlos
district, he led the effort to pass a $40 million school bond in 2005.

He looks forward to working with the district and the community to surmount
the challenges facing the district during the state budget crisis.

"Community outreach is an important tool to educate the public about the
need for significant revisions to the current state funding model," said
Little. "We need to work together for the sake of our students today and
California¹s future."

Little is scheduled to start Oct. 4.

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Jack Brandais
Communications Department
San Diego Unified School District
(619) 725-5570 (Desk)
(619) 607-0477 (Cell)

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