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Monrovia Schools Selects Paula Hart Rodas As New Superintendent

Monrovia School District selects Paula Hart Rodas as new superintendent. Here is the announcement letter from the district:

Dear Monrovia Unified families, staff, and community,

Last night, during our board meeting, the Board of Education had the pleasure of announcing the appointment of our new superintendent, Dr. Paula Hart Rodas. We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Hart Rodas in her new role, and we believe her extensive experience and dedication will significantly benefit our community.

Dr. Paula Hart Rodas brings 28 years of exemplary service to Southern California public schools. Throughout her career, she has demonstrated a deep commitment to fostering environments that prioritize open communication, continuous improvement, and holistic student growth. 

In her current role as Director of Secondary Educational Services for Monrovia Unified School District, Dr. Hart Rodas has already made significant contributions to our educational community since 2022. Before this, she held various leadership positions, including Principal of Lawndale High School and Vice Principal of several esteemed institutions.

Dr. Hart Rodas's involvement with CIF has been instrumental in shaping athletic opportunities for students statewide. Beginning in July 2024, she will serve the California Interscholastic Federation—Southern Section (CIF-SS) as President of the CIF-SS Executive Committee and the California Interscholastic Federation’s State Federated Council as President-Elect of the State Executive Committee. She was recently named Woman of the Year by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and Commission for Women for her work advancing athletics opportunities for girls in California.

Dr. Hart Rodas's educational journey is as impressive as her professional achievements. She holds degrees from renowned institutions such as California State University (CSU), Long Beach, CSU Dominguez Hills, and Pepperdine University, where she earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy.

Outside of her professional endeavors, Dr. Hart Rodas finds support and joy in her loving family, which includes her husband, children, stepchildren, grandchildren, and the family cats!

As we embark on this new chapter together, Flint Fertig will continue to serve as the interim superintendent until Dr. Hart Rodas assumes the full responsibilities of her role on July 1st.

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Dr. Hart Rodas, the new superintendent of Monrovia Schools!


  1. Hope she can bring this circus district to what it used to be. Strong leadership needed. The indecisiveness of the board is ridiculous from no pay raise to the delapidation of the building no bags for vacuum cleaners. Principals with no direction. You can do it

    1. If they were going to pick an unqualified director, they should’ve picked Greg Gero. At least he is a Monrovian who we all love. SMDH at this board and it’s terrible decisions.

    2. They are paying her $255,000 plus $45,000 to live in Monrovia but no teacher raise!!??!!

  2. When you are near the bottom only one place to go

  3. The lame board gave $25,000 to a search firm to find this lady. She has only been a director for two years and has zero experience of any kind running a district. What a joke. This board is clueless. Time for a recall!

  4. lol you paid a search firm $25k only to hire someone that is already working for the district.

  5. This is quite the bio. Hyping vice principal experience? Only been a director for two years? Pretty unremarkable person. What did they pay all that money to the search firm for? I guess they are wanted a puppet they could control. Sad. Should’ve been Gero.