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December 2, 2021

Reitano leaving Live Oak HS after two years

Principal takes job at Pacific Collegiate in Santa Cruz

After only two years at the helm, Live Oak High School principal Maria Reitano notified staff earlier this week that she will not return for the 2019-2020 school term.

“My time has been rich and rewarding, and it will be hard to leave this amazing school community after such a short tenure,” Reitano wrote. “But I am proud of the work we have done together on behalf of our students.”

Reitano was chosen to replace longtime principal Lloyd Webb, who left to become superintendent of Durham School District, in the summer prior to the 2017-18 school year.

Reitano, who resides in Watsonville and has three children, accepted a position as Head of School for Pacific Collegiate in Santa Cruz. Her husband works at UC Santa Cruz.

Prior to joining Live Oak, Reitano spent three years working with the nonprofit New Teacher Center, where she helped provide coaching support for new principals as director of the new administrator program. She earned her EdD in school leadership with a focus on teacher collaboration and professional learning at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

The district posted the Live Oak principal position is posted on the education recruiter site, The salary range is from $131,243 to $149,771.

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