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December 2, 2022

Band director Wilson leaves MH School District

Live Oak Emerald Regime Director Jeff Wilson has officially
resigned to accept a position with another school, Assistant
Superintendent Denise Tate said Friday. Wilson did not name the
other school.
Live Oak Emerald Regime Director Jeff Wilson has officially resigned to accept a position with another school, Assistant Superintendent Denise Tate said Friday. Wilson did not name the other school.

Wilson had stated publicly that he had given the other school a verbal agreement to accept its offer, but had not finalized the decision by signing a contract or submitting his resignation to the Morgan Hill School District until last week.

There are several candidates under consideration to fill the position.

“We are very excited about the prospect of building a music program, a 7-12 program, that supports the work of the grade 4-6 teachers and the students that have dedicated themselves to music,” Tate said. “We want to give them an opportunity to continue what they have begun.”

Live Oak Principal Nancy Serigstad said the reputation of the Emerald Regime, built over many years and enhanced by Wilson, is such that many qualified candidates have sent in letters of interest.

The band has traveled extensively over the years, performing in China, in Switzerland, Germany, and France, and most recently on a Carribean cruise. The band won top honors at the Western Regional finals this year in its division.

Tate said the district would like to find someone to replace Wilson as soon as possible so work can begin on next season’s marching program.

“Naturally we want to expedite the process as much as possible,” she said. “We had posted the position on (a statewide educational website) and on other websites, and we have received multiple inquiries,” she said. “We want to move ahead to take a look at those candidates to find the person that will best fit the district’s needs.”

Emerald Regime boosters are already discussing a transition plan that could include Wilson, Tate said.

Although Wilson submitted his resignation early in the week, Monday or Tuesday according to Tate, Serigstad was not aware he had made his final decision until Friday.

“Of course, we knew he had told the other school ‘yes,’ nothing was final until he turned in the completed paperwork,” she said.

Serigstad said Monday that the Emerald Regime boosters, originally upset when they thought the music program itself was in jeopardy, are offering support.

“They have really been terrific,” she said. “I meet with them Wednesday to discuss an interview committee. I’m meeting with (former band director) Mike Rubino, we’re getting the ball rolling.”

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