PSUSD Board Names Tony Signoret Superintendent of Schools

PALM SPRINGS – Less than a week after announcing Superintendent Mike Swize was stepping down, he’s gone. The Palm Springs Unified School District Board of Education has selected Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Dr. Tonatiuh ‘Tony’ Signoret as interim Superintendent of Schools.

His appointment takes effect July 3.

“The Board of Education is pleased to appoint Dr. Signoret as our Interim Superintendent of Schools,” Board of Education President John Gerardi said in a statement. “We are delighted to have Tony on board, as he brings a wealth of experience within the District along with his exceptional knowledge, talents, and leadership abilities. With his guidance, we will navigate this transitional phase smoothly as we plan for our next Superintendent of Schools.”

The Board of Education will take action on plans for the search for a new Superintendent of Schools at its next meeting on July 11.

With a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Chapman University and doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of La Verne, Signoret has spent the majority of his 32-year career in education with PSUSD, according to a news release. He began as a bilingual teacher at Agua Caliente Elementary and has also served as a District assistant principal and principal at the elementary and middle school level before becoming PSUSD’s Director of Certificated Human Resources in 2011. He also served as Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources at Desert Sands Unified School District for two years, before returning to PSUSD as the District’s Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources in 2017. Raised in Mexico City, Signoret is also fully bilingual in Spanish.

“It is an honor to have the opportunity to serve as PSUSD’s Interim Superintendent of Schools, and I appreciate the Board of Education’s confidence in me to serve in this role” Signoret said in a statement. “As a longtime member of our District family, I am fully invested in our future and am excited to work with our amazing Leadership Team and second-to-none staff to move us forward and continue our focus on providing a safe, secure, and equitable education for all of our students. I am also eager to work with all of our stakeholders including our families, community members and civic leaders and welcome any feedback and input from them throughout this time.”

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