The Las Lomitas school board voted 5-0 on May 8 to approve a three-year contract for Polito, who served as Woodside's superintendent for eight years. Polito will earn $279,000 annually in her new post, according to board President John Earnhardt. She now earns an annual $228,774 as Woodside's superintendent, according to the Woodside district.
"With her experience in Reader's and Writer's Workshop, equity, social and emotional literacy, construction and encouraging and supporting innovative approaches to learning and much more, Beth joins us at a great time to help make our 'District of the Little Hills' better tomorrow than it is today," Earnhardt said in a May 9 email to district community members.
Polito replaces Lisa Cesario, who announced her retirement in February. In his May 9 email, Earnhardt thanked Cesario for her seven years as superintendent.
"She has, among many other things, hired great teachers, implemented great education programs in math, reading, writing, science and supported and expanded access to electives," Earnhardt said. "Under her leadership, La Entrada was recognized as one of the best middle schools in the nation and the state of California. She has also helped update and improve the facilities at both schools for 21st Century learning. She has supported our teachers through investing in professional development and rewarding them with raises in each of her years as superintendent. She has been a great steward of our school district and LLESD is absolutely better today than it was when she joined."
Polito, who holds a doctorate degree in education from the University of San Francisco, served as assistant superintendent of the Saratoga Union School District for four years before coming to the Woodside district. Prior to that, she was a teacher, dean of students, vice principal, and principal at Redwood Middle School in Saratoga for 14 years.
Polito's last day with the Woodside district will be June 30, Polito said in a May 9 email.