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Top Trio - School District Leaders Leaving
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Three of Riverbank Unified School District's top administrators will be leaving by the end of this school year.

They are Superintendent of Schools Ken Geisick, Human Resources Director Norma Gonzales and Business Manager Karolyn Crisp.

The announcement was not on the agenda but came during board discussion at the Dec. 13 board meeting.

Geisick said he is resigning effective next April to work with a non-profit educational company in the southern California city of Santa Ana. He has served here first as Riverbank High School principal and then superintendent since 2003.

Having been with the Riverbank district since 2005, Gonzales resigned to take up a similar human resources position in Monterey. Her departure date will come in March.

Crisp is retiring after working in the Riverbank district for 15 years, the last seven of them as director of business services. She is planning to step down at the end of the fiscal year.

While the three administrators announced their departure at the same meeting, Geisick said the timing was purely coincidental and their departures planned for different reasons. Crisp has stated before in public she intended to retire this year.

New school board president Elizabeth Meza said the board was not expecting to have three positions become vacant within the span of a few months, but had ample time to fill them before the start of the next school year. Trustees will take up the subject of new appointments at the Jan. 10 meeting.

At the Dec. 13 meeting, trustees also reorganized, Meza taking over the board president position from Egidio "Jeep" Oliveira and Ron Peterson becoming clerk of the board.

New trustee Steve Walker and reelected incumbent John Mitchell took the oath of office and outgoing trustee Pam Floyd and Oliveira were presented with plaques for their service. Floyd has served as a trustee for six years but declined to run for reelection this year.