Matthews to Serve as Interim Manhattan Beach SuperintendentJun 24, 2021 09:10AM ● By Jeanne Fratello
Departing Manhattan Beach Unified School District Superintendent Mike Matthews has agreed to stay on as an interim superintendent until a replacement is named, the MBUSD school board announced on Wednesday night.
Matthews' contract ends on June 30. The board has said it expects to name a new superintendent at its July 7 meeting.
Following the naming of his replacement, Matthews will continue to serve over the summer in an advisory capacity, until no later than September. He will be paid $5,000 per week, not to exceed a total of $40,000.
"This will help our district, and it will help get our new hire up to speed. It also helps with continuity," said MBUSD Board President Jennifer Fenton at Wednesday night's board meeting. She thanked Matthews for agreeing to stay on to help with the transition.
"I’m looking forward to supporting the new person - and to getting that new person here as soon as possible," replied Matthews with a grin.
Matthews joined MBUSD as superintendent on July 1, 2010. As superintendent, he works with a five-member school board and a four-member cabinet to supervise 8 schools, more than 700 employees, and nearly 7,000 students.
On Wednesday night, board members gave an extended farewell and appreciation to Matthews for his service.