Martinez Unified School District Assistant Superintendent Rick Rubino announced on Tuesday that he is leaving the district as of June 30.
"After nearly eight years in Martinez, it is with mixed emotions that I announce that I have accepted the position of Superintendent in the Gridley Unified School District effective July 1, 2012," Rubino wrote in an email.
"Gridley is wonderful little community located north of Sacramento about 30 miles south of Chico," he wrote. "While I am extremely excited about this new opportunity, I'm also sad to be leaving the Martinez community that has been my home for these last eight years."
Rubino has helped shepard the district through several major changes, including the passage of Measure K in 2010, a $45 million bond measure that the district will use to enhance its technology programs, revamp its buildings and prepare for the future.
Rubino said he was grateful to the community for its support over the years.
"The greatest strength of MUSD is the people who make up this outstanding district and the relationships that are built around serving the students of this community. I have learned so much from all of you, and will always carry a piece of Martinez in my heart wherever I go," he wrote. "I am a much better educator and person because of my time in Martinez!"