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Superintendent's Newsletter October 2023

Posted Date: 10/03/23 (7:00 PM)

Superintendent's Newsletter October 2023

As we approach the end of the first quarter of school, it is amazing to me how much has been accomplished -
3,777 students were registered and scheduled into classes
Almost all positions are filled with qualified personnel (we still need paraeducators at all levels, cafeteria workers, Algebra and Special Education teachers)
Water polo, Volleyball, Tennis, Golf, Cross County and Football teams are all practicing competing
A new sport at AHS - Girl's Flag Football is up and running and a success!
Back to school nights for all sites were held and well attended
The MEF/MRC Run for Education was held and raised $101,000 for teacher/school grants
And elementary conference week is going strong.

The start of the year has not been without challenges, with a large oak tree falling (thankfully at night) displacing 4 John Swett Classrooms and it's 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade occupants for 2 days, an intruder incident on the Alhambra High School Campus causing a frightening hour long lockdown for students and staff,  textbook orders not received and of course a new round of COVID causing many absences of staff and students, but in true MUSD form, the challenges have been met head on, and it is back to business as usual.  

Homecoming is upon us with the festivities beginning on Thursday evening with the Rally at 7:00PM in the Gym.  (Doors will open at 6:30PM)  Keeping with tradition, the Homecoming Parade will begin at 3:00PM on Friday, followed by the JV Game at 5:00PM and the Varsity at 7:30pm. The Homecoming Dance will be on Saturday at 8:00pm in the Gym.  For safety and supervision reasons, the AHS has mandated that all students TK-8 be accompanied by a parent or guardian to the home games.  What this means is that the students are to remain in sight of their parents during the game, except when they travel to the doggie diner for refreshments or to the restrooms, and back to the stands.  Please speak with your children about being respectful to the admin and adults who are supervising.  Students unable to do so will be asked to leave the game.  Let's all help to make this a fun family event!  Go Dogs!

It is the District's intention that every student has a successful school year and I want to take a minute to remind everyone that we are here to help. Should an issue arise with your child in terms of the classroom, please be sure to contact your child's teacher as the first step in resolution. Site administration is accessible, both by phone and email, and welcome your communication.

This month I would like to take a minute and introduce the MUSD Superintendent's Administrative Cabinet team. Each one serves a different department and is accessible to the MUSD community by phone, email or in person meeting, although if you have a concern, you should always go to the teacher or site administration first.

Janelle Eyet, Assistant Superintendent Educational Services (returning)

Janelle has been with the MUSD for 11 years and manages Student Services Department and oversee the Ed Services Team. She will also be taking on responsibilities involving communications and public relations She is responsible for oversight of Mental Health Services (non IEP), Student Wellness, Attendance, Discipline, enrollment, residency, professional development for administration  and any matter related to student welfare. She can be reached by email at

Amy Espinoza, Director of Educational Services (new)

Amy Espinoza has been in public education for twenty-three years, serving students and families in the Central Valley and East Bay. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision from California State University Fresno. She worked as a teacher, instructional coach, county office administrator, site leader, and district leader. Most recently, she has served as the Director of Special Services for the Walnut Creek School District. She has had varied experiences in her different roles, including being involved in strategic planning and negotiations. Additionally, she served on the Climate and Culture Committee, the Equity Committee, and Program Indicator Review Teams. Amy is thrilled to join the Martinez Unified School District. She looks forward to working with a dynamic team and a diverse community to ensure the success of students in a K-12 district. She is excited to engage with the students, staff, and community on topics that impact students’ academics, behavior, and social-emotional growth.All Instruction, Curriculum and Assessment matters should be directed to her at

Dr. Dan Scudero, Director of Personnel (returning)

Dr. Daniel Scudero, Ed.D joined the MUSD last May and came to us from the Mt. Diablo Unified School District where he worked as the Director of Human since July of 2020. His focus in Mt. Diablo was predominantly on traditional negotiations and helping employees survive the stressors of the COVID pandemic. He also worked to coordinate efforts in recruiting, selection, compensation, evaluation, discipline and dismissal. Prior to Mt. Diablo, Daniel was the Principal of American Canyon Middle School in Napa, CA for 13 years. During his tenure at American Canyon, Daniel provided the Instructional Leadership needed to transform the school into a Technology Infused Project Based Learning School, which included developing strategies to support El and Sped students as well. Daniel, a published researcher on trust building strategies, earned his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry with a minor in Biology from UC Davis, His Masters of Education, Educational Management from the University of La Verne, and his Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership from Brandman University.  If you are looking for employment opportunities, please contact Dr.Scudero at

Mr. Andy Cannon, Chief Business Official (returning)

Andy Cannon has completed his first year as the CBO. He came to us from the Antioch Unified School District where he worked for 22 years, starting as a teacher and working his way up to the Director of Federal Programs and Accountability. Andy quickly learned the ins and outs of the District, in terms of facilities and support, bonds and construction, food service and of course, the world of school finance. He can be reached at 

Joseph Gengler Director of Information and Educational Technology (returning)

Joseph Gengler has been with the MUSD, just shy of one year.  Joe earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in management of information systems and a Master's degree in Business Administration from Cal State Sacramento. He comes to us from Antioch Unified School District where worked for the past 6 years,most recently in the role of technology director, leading a technology department that serves 24 schools and 15,000 students. Prior to Antioch, he worked as an IT Services Manager in Sacramento for 7 years. Joe is a graduate of Antioch High School and grew up in the Antioch community where both of his parents and his sister were educators. However, since moving back to the East Bay, he and his wife have made their home in Martinez. He looks forward to serving his new community and making a difference in the education of his neighbor’s children. Parent requests for technology assistance should be submitted by calling 925-335-5940 or by emailing

Dr. Betty Lin, Director II Special Education (new)
Please join me in welcoming Betty Lin to the MUSD.  Betty earned a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Mills College. She earned her Bachelor's Degree from UC Berkeley and Masters Degrees from Mills College. She has a multiple subject credential, an early childhood special education credential, and an administrative credential. She is a Certified Child Life specialist. She has been an educator for 26 years, and a public school administrator for 7 years. She has worked as an infant development specialist, an elementary school teacher, an education specialist, an administrator, and an adjunct professor. She is a Chinese American immigrant who is bilingual and bicultural. She takes her responsibility seriously as a professional working with vulnerable children and their families, dealing with intense emotions, shuffling through mountains of paperwork, and maneuvering through bureaucracy. As a new member of the Martinez Unified School District, she looks forward to continuing the work of creating a school community that functions as an equalizer for students of all abilities and disabilities, race, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin, language, and socioeconomic status. She aims to do her share in upholding the district’s core values of safety, equity, integrity, education, and communication.  Dr. Lin can be reached at

Ann Kim, Program Specialist (new)
Ann Kim joins the Martinez Unified School District with more than 28 years of experience in the education profession. She has a background in both general and special education as well as in school administration. Ann earned her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Alaska Southwest and her Master of Arts from Chapman University. Ann spent six years as the principal at Lafayette Elementary school.  As an equity leader, Ann worked at the district level to ensure that board policy reflected parity in education for all students. As a principal and special educator, Ann is very proud of the relationships that she builds with parents and IEP teams. She recognizes that navigating the IEP process can be overwhelming for families and her goal is to ensure that all families feel supported and comfortable. She works from a lens of student strengths and appreciates the unique talents of each student. Ann is looking forward to supporting the students, teachers, and specialists who serve the needs of our students in special education as a program specialist in Martinez. Her email address is
All District Admin can be reached by calling the Martinez Unified School District Office at 925-335-5800.

Pandemic EBT

Pandemic EBT, or P-EBT, is a federal food program. The California Department of Social Services (CDSS), in partnership with the California Department of Education (CDE), received approval to operate the program in response to COVID-19 related school and child care closures.  If you have received one of these P-EBT cards in the mail please do not dispose of it.  It has a monetary value and information on receiving the benefit can be found by clicking here:      NSLP/SBP Participating Schools
MEF/MRC Run For Education

Last Saturday the Martinez Education Foundation held its 21st Run for Education, sponsored by MRC.  Over 500 registrations were received with over 100 volunteers on site supporting the event.  $101,000 was raised to support teacher and school grants for the 2023-2024 school year.  A huge thank you to both agencies for their time, effort and dedication to the students of our district. 


The MUSD is looking for parents or community members who may be looking work in our district.  We currently have positions in the following categories:

If you are interested in applying for any of the above listed positions please contact our Personnel Department at 925-335-5904 or 925-335-5904.
  • Para Educators

  • Campus Supervisors at AHS

  • Noon Duty Supervisors Elementary Schools

  • Substitutes for all positions, both Classified and Certificated

  • Math Teachers, Speech and Language Therapists, and Psychologists, Special Education Teachers


In an effort to go paperless and to ensure all parents have access to all community flyers we have revised our flyer protocols so that all submitted and approved Community Event Flyers will now be posted to our District website.  Please refer the the Community Flyer Page under the Public Resources tab to see the most recent flyers.

LCAP Meetings

The MUSD LCAP Team will be meeting this Wednesday from 5:45pm to 7:30pm in the District Boardroom.  There will four meetings in total from now through March.  The State requires each school district to form an LCAP committee, and requires them to meet each year to engage their local educational partners in an annual planning process to evaluate district progress on the 8 state priority areas.  This team of admin, teachers, classified staff, parents and students will review a set of metrics and actions that the MUSD believes, based on the input gathered from last year's team, research and experience, will have the biggest impact on students TK-12.  If you are interested in sitting on this very important committee, please contact your student's principal asap.

Parcel Tax Renewal

Supporting a Well-Rounded Education
In 2018, Martinez voters approved Measure Q with over 76% of the vote. For the last 5 years,
Measure Q has supplemented State funding in order to provide local students with a well-
rounded education. This funding is set to expire and the District is looking at all options to
renew it.

Protecting High-Quality Education in Martinez Schools
The State of California only provides enough money for a basic education. For nearly 15 years, Martinez students have relied upon locally controlled parcel tax funding to protect and improve the quality of our schools. This funding helps Martinez retain quality teachers and counselors, protect art and music programs, and support academic programs in science, technology, and engineering that enable students to compete for the best colleges and careers. However, this funding is set to expire and the District is looking at all options to renew it. 

Renewing Funding for Martinez Schools – Without Increasing Taxes
Thanks to highly qualified teachers and challenging academic programs, MUSD provides a well-
rounded education to nearly 4,000 students across 7 school sites. Our MUSD schools help keep
our community and property values strong. However, local funding that has supported our
schools for 15 years is set to expire. If locally controlled funding expires, our schools will lose
$850,000 per year. This loss of funds may trigger cuts to teachers, staff, and programs. To learn
more, please visit