A Message from the Superintendent Regarding 2024 Administrative Changes

Dear Whittier Union Community,

At Whittier Union, our commitment to ensuring all students have access to the tools and resources they need to succeed is unwavering. This commitment is made possible by the dedication of our teachers, support staff, and administrative team, who continually go above and beyond to ensure that all students “Achieve and Maintain Excellence.”

The District takes great pride in its team of dedicated professionals who are deeply passionate about education, student success, and excellence. In line with this commitment, the District is announcing administrative changes at both the District level and within Whittier High School and California High School.

At the District level, our esteemed Director of Assessment and Accountability, Matthew Fraijo Ph.D., will be embarking on his next professional journey at Santa Maria Joint Union High School District. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Fraijo for his exemplary service and leadership. His expertise in providing guidance and coordination for instructional assessments, accountability, and data analysis has greatly contributed to our District's success.

With Dr. Fraijo's departure, we are delighted to announce that Tim Liggett, current Principal of Whittier High School, will step into the Director position. Mr. Liggett brings a wealth of experience in education, and we have full confidence in his ability to lead the District in this new role.

At California High School, we bid farewell to Principal Bill Schloss, who will be assuming the role of principal at Cupertino High School. Mr. Schloss has been an integral part of our District community for many years, and while we will miss him dearly, we are excited for him to embark on this new chapter in his career.

As a result of these changes, Whittier Union will have two principal vacancies at Whittier and California high schools. We will be posting these positions immediately and will be seeking input from our community via a Google survey to ensure we find the best possible candidates to lead our schools.

We extend our sincere thanks to Dr. Fraijo, Liggett, and Schloss for their dedicated service to our District. Whittier Union is stronger because of their contributions.

As we move forward, we will continue to do Whatever It Takes to ensure all our students are equipped with the tools necessary to achieve their academic and personal goals.

Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership.

Dr. Monica Oviedo,