Gary Woods has been named superintendent of the Temecula Valley Unified School District.
A public and private school teacher for 33 years, the district’s board of trustees on Nov. 13 voted 3-2 to make Woods head of the district, according to a district statement.
The vote, which happened in a closed-door meeting, came after a nationwide search and a series of candidate interviews by the board.
“I could not be more satisfied with the rigorous process undertaken by the board in selecting Dr. Woods as the next superintendent of our district,” said Joseph Komrosky, board president, in the statement. “Dr. Woods is highly qualified for this position, and has certainly demonstrated a passion for advancing the educational well-being of our community’s children.”
Woods, who is scheduled to start work Nov. 27 replaces Jodi McClay, who was dismissed in June.
For nearly one year, the board has been embroiled in controversy regarding its banning of the teaching of critical race theory, and other political matters regarding the district’s social studies curriculum.