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Peninsula School District superintendent to resign at end of school year

Peninsula School District Superintendent Chuck Cuzzetto will resign in June, making the 2015-2016 school year his final year with the district.
Peninsula School District Superintendent Chuck Cuzzetto will resign in June, making the 2015-2016 school year his final year with the district. Staff file, 2012

Peninsula School District Superintendent Chuck Cuzzetto will resign in June, making the 2015-2016 school year his final year with the district.

Cuzzetto, 60, announced his decision at the Partners in Learning event on Tuesday afternoon.

In his time as superintendent of the district, his motive was to encourage staff and create an environment that allowed them to freely do the business of education.

“My job was to make sure everyone could do their job,” he said. “I’d like people to think that I helped them do their job.”

From principals to teachers to bus drivers to food service and more, Cuzzetto said he hopes he’s encouraged staff in their mission to educate and take care of students.

Each Monday morning, Cuzzetto would send his Monday Morning Musings email to the district staff. In it, he’d include motivational items and share success stories from around the district. There’s only a school year left of those Monday messages.

Before he steps down, he wants to spend as much time in the district’s schools as possible, he said. He also wants to make sure an upcoming maintenance and operations levy is renewed.

Cuzzetto has been with the district since 1999, starting out as a deputy superintendent before taking on the chief role in 2012. This year will mark his 31st year working in schools; he began as an internal auditor in the Tacoma School District in 1985.

Cuzzetto came to work in education by being an auditor and then moving into human resources positions. His background is in business and he is a certified public accountant.

“There probably aren’t a lot of CPAs sitting in superintendent positions,” he said.

After June, he’s not sure if he’ll retire or move on to something new.

“I’m just keeping my options open,” he said. “It’s time for something different.”

What he is sure of is the district will be in capable hands once he leaves, thanks to a dedicated staff.

“We’ve built a really good team and I think it’s ready to take off,” he said.

Karen Miller: 253-358-4155

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