The Menlo Park City School District announced on Friday, Sept. 23, that the school board is considering making current assistant superintendent Erik Burmeister the district's new superintendent.
On Sept. 27 the district's governing board will discuss terms of a possible contract that would have Mr. Burmeister take over when Superintendent Maurice Ghysels leaves at the end of June.
The board will not take action until its Oct. 18 regular meeting.
The public will be allowed to comment at both meetings or by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In late August, current Superintendent Maurice Ghysels announced that he would be leaving at the end of the school year.
Mr. Burmeister has been the district's assistant superintendent for the past year. He was principal of Hillview Middle School from 2012 to 2015, leading it to a 2015 California Gold Ribbon School award.
A statement from the district said that, working with the Stanford Design School, Mr. Burmeister "has become an expert in applying design and innovation to solve a variety of education challenges" including closing the achievement gap, school redesign, technology implementation, response to intervention, and asset development.
Mr. Burmeister was named the "Middle Grades Principal of the Year" by the Association of California School Administrators and was one of the three finalists for the NASSP National Middle Grades Principal in 2014. In 2012 he was named "Multiplier of the Year in Education" by the Wiseman Group. He has volunteered to support schools and districts and coached principals on school redesign.
Mr. Burmeister received bachelor's degrees in both secondary education and communication from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He has a master's in educational policy analysis from Stanford University. He speaks Spanish and has been a teacher, coach, activities director, dean, vice principal and principal at middle and/or high school in four different districts.
Mr. Burmeister and his wife, a high school teacher, and two young sons moved to Menlo Park this summer. He and his wife also have an adopted adult son living in Peru.