Auburn school district seeking new principal

By: Bridget Jones, Journal Staff Writer
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The Auburn Union School District is looking for a new principal after a 10-year veteran of the district decided to move on. Scott Pickett served as principal at Skyridge Elementary School last school year. In the past he was the principal at Rock Creek Elementary School and Alta Vista Elementary School. He started with the district as a vice principal at E.V. Cain Middle School, according to Michele Schuetz, superintendent of the Auburn Union School District. Pickett has taken a principal’s job in Western Placer Unified School District. “Really my plan is to be a principal for the rest of my career, but were that to change … I felt like for the future at Western Placer, and the size and the projected growth, I felt like there might have been more opportunity there,” Pickett said. Pickett said the decision was a very hard one to make. “I will miss everyone a lot,” he said. “I will miss staff members at Skyridge, the community of Skyridge, as well as staff members at the other sites I’ve come to know and family members at the other sites. I just have a lot of great memories.” Schuetz said the district is accepting applications for the position until July 15, and she expects 55 or 60 applicants. The pay for the position will depend on the person’s experience, but will range from an annual base salary of $71,500 to $87,000. The district also pays an annual $7,540 in health benefits for the position. The position is set to receive a car allowance of $600 annually and a cell phone stipend of $600 annually. Schuetz said on July 18 a committee of administrators, Skyridge staff and Skyridge parents will interview about 10 applicants. They will choose two or three to continue in the interview process, and the district’s board of trustees will interview them on July 19. The board could potentially choose the new principal that night, Schuetz said. Reach Bridget Jones at