KING CITY — The South Monterey County Co-educational School District announced that Jordan Mulder will serve as permanent superintendent for a three-year term, beginning Feb. 1.
After conducting a search for a permanent superintendent, the district board met on January 26 and selected Mulder, who emerged as the top candidate.
Mulder has served the district in multiple capacities since being hired in 2018 as director of special education. He served in that role until May 2021, when the district asked him to serve as acting superintendent, following the resignation of former superintendent Brian Walker.
“As acting superintendent, Dr. Mulder has brought stability to the district,” according to the district’s announcement on Friday. “…The Board is confident that Dr. Mulder will distinguish himself in his new role as district superintendent.”
Mulder’s contract, which runs through June 30, 2025, includes an annual salary of $202,275, as well as a monthly cellphone allowance of $100, a monthly car allowance of $500 for travel around the Monterey County and other benefits.
The district will also pay for membership in the King City and Greenfield Rotary clubs and cover membership dues for the Association of California School Administrators and other professional organizations of its choosing.
The South Monterey County Joint Union High School School District includes both King City and Greenfield High Schools, as well as Portola-Butler Continuation High School and Pinnacle Coastal Valley High School.
“I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to serve as a permanent superintendent,” Mulder said. “I do not take this responsibility lightly. My main goal is to improve the results of our students.
Student achievement, especially in math, tops Mulder’s list. Other priority areas are school climate, including student well-being and safety, and college and career readiness.
“I want our students to come out of high school better prepared for their future,” he added. “There are many factors contributing to seeing this happen and it will take a concerted effort from all school staff, students, parents and our communities. I look forward to this endeavor and am optimistic about the direction of our district.