San Ysidro school board names new superintendent

SAN DIEGO -- The San Ysidro School District announced its new superintendent at a board meeting Thursday evening.

The governing school board unanimously approved Dr. Gina Acosta Potter, who will be the ninth person to hold the district's superintendent position in the last five years.

The Imperial Beach native currently serves as deputy superintendent in the Lemon Grove School District, where she has worked for 16 years.

Potter has worked in education for 27 years, holding positions at six different school districts throughout California, including three in the South Bay -- Chula Vista Elementary School District, South Bay Union School District and Sweetwater Union High School District.

Since 2013, parents have been frustrated with the high turn over of superintendents. One resigned amid corruption charges, and two others left after allegations of financial wrongdoing.

Parents hope Potter helps makes the changes they have been asking for.

“I’ve been absolutely blessed to work for so many wonderful school districts. I believe when I come here to San Ysidro School District that we will be a perfect match for each other. I will take care of all the students and the parents. I’m a fantastic listener,” Potter said.

Potter said her top priority is to restore trust and confidence, adding that she intends to stay for quite some time.

"As a mom, I’m going to take care of their 5,200 children and we are going to work together as parents because I know what it feels like to send your child to a school district and the incredible amount of trust and confidence that you put in them,” Potter said.

“We are excited to start a new era of stability and transparency in the district with Dr. Potter leading the way,” said San Ysidro School District Governing Board President Rosaleah Pallasigue. “Our priority is providing the highest-quality education for our kids, so they are prepared for success in high school, college and life.”

Potter was selected out of 21 candidates and was one of two finalists.

No word yet on when she will take over her new seat.