Beginning July 1, 2015 Matt Beecher will serve as Santa Maria-Bonita School District's interim superintendent. He will lead the district while the Board of Education continues its search and selection process for a new superintendent. Mr. Beecher has worked in the district for more than 10 years. He has served as the chief business official or assistant superintendent for business in SMBSD for almost nine of those years. Mr. Beecher has a B.S. from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. He obtained his CPA license in 1996. Prior to becoming a well-respected authority in the field of school finance, he spent six years in public accounting as an auditor and five years in the private sector working for a publicly traded company. Mr. Beecher was instrumental in leading the district through a successful school construction bond campaign in Fall of 2014. He ably guided the district through several years of significant budget challenges when the State of California experienced rough economic times. During that time, SMBSD avoided laying off employees, even when surrounding districts had to take that step in order to stay fiscally solvent. Mr. Beecher has also directed the district successfully through the new state funding model for schools, Local Control Funding Formula, and developed the budget which has brought numerous new programs and staff members to SMBSD schools to provide students with the best education possible. Mr. Beecher was instrumental in the planning and construction of the district's 20th school which will open in August 2015. His guidance over the next few months will ensure that the Santa Maria-Bonita School District continues to be an outstanding place to learn and work for its 16,000 students and 1,600 staff members. 

 

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