HESPERIA — Sitting in the same spot where he first began to care for the students and faculty of Hesperia, David McLaughlin is pleased to know he leaves behind the opportunity for those who will follow him to grow.

After nearly 30 years serving the Hesperia Unified School District, McLaughlin recently announced he will step down as superintendent after the completion of the school year on June 29.

In a letter sent out to the HUSD Board of Trustees, McLaughlin said his reason for leaving is "to keep some promises to my family and wife" while allowing the district to transition to its next 21st century leader.

"When I was asked to to be superintendent, I had told the board I would serve for three to five years depending on my health and the needs of my family," McLaughlin said. "While I had never expected my career would include a term as a superintendent, I've been incredibly honored to serve in the same district which I attended as a young boy."

McLaughlin served in numerous capacities within HUSD, starting his career as the purchasing manager in 1988 before moving on to serve as director of purchasing and data processing, director of information technology and finally as assistant superintendent of business services before taking over as the district's superintendent the past four years.

"In those four years, I had the opportunity to work with some really tremendous people," McLaughlin said. "When we talk about our school district, it's the folks in it that makes a difference."

McLaughlin said he has always considered himself to be a "transitional superintendent" and one who would help move HUSD to the new Local Control Funding Forumla, integrate business and instruction through the Local Control Accountability Plan and develop a new innovative growth mindset to embrace 21st century learning and teaching, while helping HUSD realize its potential as a great district.

In his time as superintendent, HUSD has received two Golden Bells and two Golden Ribbons for their schools.

"We're going to miss him, David's been an outstanding leader and has always had a vision to take to next level," said Board President Marcy Kittinger. "We're hopeful that the people we're considering to take his place will continue to make that vision. We couldn't have asked for a better leader to work with and we wish him his very best in his retirement."

McLaughlin said that he has been honored to have served HUSD for so many years and that he's excited to see what's next for the district.

"I believe the transition in leadership will be smooth, assuring our continued success in innovation, imagination and 21st century learning and teaching," McLaughlin said.

A decision regarding the new HUSD superintendent-elect is expected to be made at the March 6 board meeting.

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