Brian Stephens, superintendent of the Delhi Unified School District for three years, has resigned to become the superintendent of the Tracy Unified School District.
Stephens, 54, will assume his new role in leading the Tracy district, which has 23 schools and 17,000 students from kindergarten through 12th grade, on July 1. He will earn $180,000 a year along with an extra $1,500 a month for travel, expenses and master’s and doctorate degrees.
“Professionally, this is great and will be more of a challenge,” Stephens said. “I’ve had a great time in Delhi and have been able to do some exciting things.” The Delhi district has five schools and 2,700 students from kindergarten through 12th grade.
Tuesday was Stephens’ last day in Delhi. He will replace Jim Franco, who is retiring.
Stephens, a native of Santa Rosa, spent 27 years with the Northern Humboldt Unified School District north of Eureka. He was a teacher, assistant principal, principal at two schools and the assistant superintendent for 11 years there before moving to Delhi.
Liz Rojas, a second grade teacher at El Capitan Elementary School in Delhi and the outgoing president of the Delhi Teachers Association, praised Stephens.
“I’m sorry that he’s leaving,” Rojas said. “He’s done a lot of good things in Delhi. We have had a very positive working relationship with the union and the district.”
Rojas said Stephens produced positive changes in the district and brought more professional development funds for Delhi teachers through his leadership.
Stephens has a bachelor’s degree in economics from UC Davis, a master’s degree in education from Humboldt State University and a doctorate of education in organizational leadership from the University of LaVerne.