Elk Grove Unified adds deputy superintendent position

Robert Pierce has been named deputy superintendent of Elk Grove Unified School District.
Robert Pierce has been named deputy superintendent of Elk Grove Unified School District. Elk Grove Unified School District

The Elk Grove Unified School District has promoted facilities administrator Robert Pierce to a newly created job of deputy superintendent.

Pierce will earn $225,000 a year, plus a $100 a month auto allowance, to oversee the business services and facilities department, said spokeswoman Xanthi Pinkerton. His previous salary, including auto allowance, was $198,051.

Pierce has been associate superintendent of facilities since 2008. Before that, he was the assistant superintendent for the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District. He is a graduate of Valley High School and UC Davis.

District officials plan to hire a chief facilities officer to fill his old position. The school board also agreed to promote Shannon Hayes, director of fiscal services, to chief financial officer at a salary of $150,000. She replaces Associate Superintendent of Finance Rich Fagan, who retired. Hayes’ former position will not be filled, Pinkerton said.

“Many public agencies and school districts, in particular, grapple with shortages, attrition and retirements,” said Elk Grove Unified Superintendent Chris Hoffman. “With recent employee shifts, Elk Grove Unified saw an opportunity for alignment and eliminated two associate superintendent roles, replacing them with a deputy superintendent and two chief officer positions at no added cost to the district’s operational budget.”

Both administrators at the district of 62,888 students will receive $100 a month to cover their transportation costs.

Twin Rivers Unified, with about 31,000 students, and Sacramento City Unified, with approximately 48,860, have deputy superintendents.

Diana Lambert: 916-321-1090, @dianalambert