Auburn Union assistant superintendent leaving for new job

By: Bridget Jones, Journal Staff Writer
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A three-year veteran of the Auburn Union School District will be leaving his post at the end of this school year. Douglas Crancer, assistant superintendent of business and facilities for Auburn Union, is beginning a new job as chief financial officer for the Natomas Unified School District in July. Crancer said he plans to finish out the school year at Auburn Union. Crancer said he is looking forward to the new position, but will miss Auburn. “It was a decision that I made when I talked with my wife, and I figured it would be nice to have the opportunity to work in the community that I live in, because I live in Natomas,” Crancer said Wednesday. “It’s a larger school district, too. I will get more experience in a larger district, which is what I want. But I do love Auburn. It’s a great place. My boss, (Superintendent) Michele Schuetz, is wonderful. My staff is awesome.” The district’s board planned to hold a special closed session meeting Wednesday night to address the assistant superintendent position. Crancer said he doubted the board would be talking about possible candidates to fill the position, but would instead be deciding what step is next in going forward. Crancer said no one has talked about filling the position yet. “I don’t know what the details are,” Crancer said about the meeting. “We will definitely figure out what the board wants to do.” Crancer’s salary was set at $102,000 when he started his job with Auburn Union, but has been reduced to $92,000 because of budget cuts. The district pays an additional $7,540 for his medical benefits. Schuetz said the district does plan to fill the position and the salary amounts could be different for the new assistant superintendent. “We are sorry to lose (Crancer),” Schuetz said. “We understand all his reasons for leaving, and it’s a great opportunity for him. We are excited for Douglas and his family, but we are sad to lose him.” Reach Bridget Jones at