Manteca Unified has a new deputy superintendent
Roger Goatcher — the previous Senior Director of Student Services — has been elevated to Deputy Superintendent in charge of educational services.
“I am grateful to be working in a profession where I can make a difference in the lives of children every day. Even better, I get to do this in my community for my children,” Goatcher said.
The move now gives the district two deputy superintendents — the other is Clarke Burke. District Superintendent Jason Messer had been overseeing educational services since 2008 when the budget crisis prompted the district to pare back administrative staffing.
The restoration of a deputy superintendent position still leaves top level staffing below pre-2008 levels when there were three assistant superintendents and the superintendent. It also keeps Manteca Unified below the state average for top district level administrative staffing for unified school systems of similar size.
“There are no plans to fill the third deputy superintendent’s job,” Messer said.
Messer added there are other vacant administrative positons that the board intends to keep unfilled including the position of director of secondary education.
Goatcher has served MUSD students since the spring of 2000, beginning his career with the district at French Camp Elementary School as Vice Principal. His teaching career began in 1992 as a high school instructor.
The administrative structure now in place will prioritize safety and security surrounding the teaching and learning environment.
In a district press release it was noted Goatcher is “committed to ensuring equitable access by providing the opportunity to receive a comprehensive education. As the recent Senior Director of Student Services, Goatcher led his team to provide support, resources, and tools to the students, staff and parents within the District in order to meet the needs of all students. Goatcher firmly believes that given the right support all students can achieve and all staff can make a significant positive impact on the lives of students.
Goatcher, his wife and three children reside in French Camp. His eldest two children are graduates of East Union High School. His youngest will be attending Manteca High in the Fall.