SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Frank Porter, who oversaw the creation of the Twin Rivers School District four years ago, announced on Tuesday that he’s retiring as superintendent in June.
During a closed session at Tuesday’s board meeting, Porter informed the Twin Rivers Unified trustees of his intent to retire effective June 30.
“On behalf of the board, we greatly appreciate the support, encouragement, and direction Frank has provided in setting the course for Twin Rivers,” said Board President Roger Westrup in a press release issued Wednesday. “Frank’s courageous and tireless leadership in setting clear and high standards for student achievement, effective board governance, and fiscal integrity have been instrumental to our progress.”
Porter’s 33-year education career started with his role as a bus driver and includes 10 years as a teacher and more than 20 years in the Rio Linda Union School District, where he served in a variety of leadership roles.
Porter helped merger four school districts into the 54-school Twin Rivers district. The district includes 54 schools in the north Sacramento area after Rio Linda, Grant Joint Union, Del Paso Heights and North Sacramento merged in 2008.
Porter’s leadership has been tested in recent months by problems with the school district’s police force. Police Chief Christopher Breck was placed on administrative leave and interim chief Trang To retired in November after only two months in the role. The district named former Sacramento County sheriff’s Captain Scott LaCosse as its new interim chief.
Also, the district’s facilities director has lodged a complaint with the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office alleging abuse of school funds. Jeff Doyle was placed on leave in June, an action he said was in retaliation for him acting as a whistle-blower on district misconduct.