Ron Carruth resigns Whittier City schools Superintendent to take job back home in Placerville

[MIKE SPRAGUE, The Whittier Daily News. Photo courtesy Whittier City School District]

Carruth, 55, of Whittier is returning to Placerville, where he grew up, to become superintendent of El Dorado Unified School District.

Whittier City School District Superintendent Ron Carruth has resigned, effective June 30, to become superintendent of El Dorado Unified School District. 

He’s been in Whittier for 22 years: six years as principal at California High; six years as assistant superintendent at Whittier Union High School District; and 10 as superintendent for Whittier City, Carruth said.

Both his family and his wife’s are in the Placerville area. The opportunity to return home presented itself, and he took it, Carruth said. “Laurie and I have been going back and forth as our parents have aged.”

Proximity is so important, he’s even taking a pay cut to make the move, from about $254,000 to $233,000 annually. The two districts serve about the same number of students, around 7,000, although Whittier City is a K-8 district, while El Dorado is a K-12.

School board President Cecilia Perez understands Carruth’s desire to go home but is sorry to see him leave, she said.

“We’re happy for him,” Perez said. “He’s going home.” She touted progress made during his tenure: “We’ve done a great job with technology. Every child in our district has an iPad. We’ve been doing a lot of training with our teachers.”

Work already is underway to find a successor, Perez said. The board hired Leadership Institutes as its search firm. The goal is to hire someone before school starts in early August, she said.

Whittier activist Joann Travers believes the board should take its time. “They need to do a large search to find someone,” she said. “It seems like they’re rushing it.”...