2 new superintendents in West Sac, Galt schools

Elizabeth Kaufman, Galt Joint Union High School District
Elizabeth Kaufman, Galt Joint Union High School District

School districts in West Sacramento and Galt are starting the academic year with new superintendents.

Linda Luna, who served most recently as superintendent of the Millbrae Elementary School District, was hired July 1 as chief of the Washington Unified School District in West Sacramento, which has about 8,000 students.

Luna served five years through June as superintendent of the Millbrae K-8 district. She said Friday she initially will focus on bolstering public awareness of the district activities, engaging and collaborating with cities and local service agencies in areas of common interests and ensuring that all students, from transitional kindergarten through high school, are prepared for college and career tracks.

District trustees approved a three-year contract that will pay Luna $183,000 annually. She replaces former Superintendent Dayton Gilleland, who has become chief academic officer for the Los Angeles County Office of Education. Classes in the Washington district began Thursday.

Elizabeth Kaufman has been named superintendent of the Galt Joint Union High School District effective Aug. 12. Her three-year contract in the 2,300-student district in south Sacramento County will pay $155,600 annually.

Kaufman most recently served as assistant superintendent of educational services in the Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District. Prior to that job, she was assistant superintendent in the Tamalpais High School District.

Kaufman also cited college and career readiness as a mission for the district that has two comprehensive high schools and one alternative high school. Classes began Aug. 12 in Galt.

“I love high schools and the mission and commitment of this district to provide college and career readiness for all of its students,” she said. “That was the main appeal.”

In May, the Lodi News-Sentinel reported then-Superintendent Matt Roberts and the district had mutually agreed to part ways.