Dr. Clark Burke, Superintendent
“Our Board of Trustees is pleased to announce Dr. Clark Burke as the Superintendent of Schools to lead Manteca Unified School District,” stated Board President Stephen J. Schluer.
Interim Superintendent Burke accepted the position. The Board chose Burke because he has successfully involved all stakeholders throughout the past 6 years in the District as he continues to support innovative and original thinking in public education. As Deputy Superintendent, Dr. Burke ensured, managed, and maintained seamless and continual District day to day operations. He has provided assistance and direction to District wide administration and staff as well as directly overseeing District Cabinet, Certificated and Classified Personnel Services, Operations, Transportation, Maintenance, Grounds, Facilities, Informational Technology, and Nutrition Education Departments. Dr. Burke has also served as the District spokesperson during negotiations. He develops, maintains, supervises, coordinates, and revises District policies and procedures as required. Daily, Dr. Burke has collaborated with city officials including: City Planners, City Managers, Law Enforcement and Fire Agencies.
Dr. Burke is a product of the University of California and the California State University school systems. Having attended UC Santa Cruz, UC Davis, and CSU Sacramento, Dr. Burke earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Education, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Prior to serving the Manteca Unified School District, Dr. Burke was the Director of Human Resources in the Eureka Union School District in Granite Bay, CA., an Elementary School Principal in the Elk Grove Unified School District in Wilton, CA., a High School Vice Principal in the Antioch Unified School District in Antioch, CA., and a Middle School Science Teacher in the Woodland Joint Unified School District in Woodland, CA.
“Dr. Burke brings over two decades of experience both in private and public education to this role and a drive to continue to work hand-in-hand with our staff, parents, and community as we continue to move forward,” stated Board President Schluer.
“My leadership philosophy involves the empowerment of all stakeholders through professional development; to be responsible for themselves and the duties they are assigned,” said Dr. Clark Burke. “I encourage innovative and original thinking, while maintaining state, district, and school standards. I believe in quality public education for all students and employees alike. My door is always open for a hot cup of coffee and professional conversation.”
In addition to his leadership experience in education, Dr. Burke is a Field Grade United States Army Officer. His bio includes, but not limited to three different Company Commands, Battalion and Brigade Staff Officer, Deployments in support of Operation Iraqi and Enduring Freedom experience, and a military education through the completion of Command and General Staff College.
“I am very impressed with the supportive culture and core academic accomplishments in the Manteca Unified School District,” said Burke. “This exemplifies the pride and commitment of the staff, the students, and the community to a high-quality education. We are all lucky to have the opportunity to work, learn, and share in such a great community!”
This appointment as superintendent will allow the Board to properly evaluate progress toward the goals established in January for the 2018-2019 school year.
Dr. Clark Burke
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