BUSD School Board Votes to Hire Hill as Next Superintendent

By On April 17, 2015

What started out a few days ago as an announcement of the potential new hiring of a BUSD Superintendent culminated Thursday night with the hiring of 38 year-old Matthew R, Hill by a 4 to 0 vote.

New Burbank Superintendent Matt Hill. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

New Burbank Superintendent Matt Hill. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Even before a meet and greet that was scheduled for Burroughs High School Tuesday night, the Burbank Teachers Association was already on the war path when President Lori Adams sent out an email that said “Matt Hill has never been a teacher, principal, or even worked at a school site.  He has no curriculum or HR experience. ”

Even after the three hour meet and greet, there was a large contingency that gather in the City Council Chambers for the meeting Thursday night. Most of the speakers, mostly district employees and parents, attacked the Board in their decision making process.

At one point out of frustration, Board Member Dave Kemp left the dais and proceeded to the area reserved for the public and went into a passionate speech about the entire situation and at the end resigned his Board seat and left the building.

Dave Kemp

Dave Kemp

( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

After Board comments, they voted to offer the job to Hill which included several provisions, including a buyout after only one year.

Hill addressed the Board after the vote, which he said had been a hard time for himself and his family and hoped to bring people together as time wore on.