Children and Youth

San Benito High School to open superintendent’s search

The district will post the job for 30 days; new superintendent expected to start July 1

San Benito High School, forced to scramble to fill its top administrative position after the recent resignation of Superintendent John Perales, will advertise for a new superintendent to take the helm of the district by July 1. Perales' resignation followed the district's governing board voting unanimously to place him on leave pending an investigation in a closed-session meeting Dec.14. 

News of the resignation came the same day as reports of Perales appearing in court on gun charges in Santa Clara County stemming from an alleged incident outside of his Gilroy home. He has pleaded not guilty to those charges.

Perales was hired by the SBHS District in March 2014 after various teaching and administrative roles in the Gilroy Unified School District, including serving as the founding principal of Christopher High School.

“We will be advertising for the position starting this week or early next week. It will run for 30 days,” Board President Steve Delay told BenitoLink. “The position will begin July 1. We are using EDJOIN and EdCal for advertising. The board will collect and screen applicants. We have not determined the interview process yet.”

Human Resources Director Shawn Tennenbaum, who is expected to be a candidate for the superintendent's job, will continue as interim superintendent until the position is filled. Tennenbaum has been the district's human resources director since 2008 and spent the previous five years in the SBHS special education department as a program specialist, resource specialist and compliance coordinator. Prior to that, he was a physical education teacher and head varsity football coach at Watsonville High School from 2000 to 2003.


Laura Romero

Laura Romero has been a reporter and handled marketing/social media for BenitoLink. She has covered education and city government. Formerly, she worked as an assistant account executive at Pembroke PR in San Francisco, where she assisted with press outreach, event coordination, and social media planning. With her PR skills, she has helped to implement social media strategies and develop online giving campaigns for BenitoLink. Laura continues to contribute to BenitoLink on a freelance basis.