Rosanna Mucetti

Rosanna Mucetti

It is official: Rosanna Mucetti will be the next superintendent of the Napa Valley Unified School District following the school board’s approval of her contract last week.

The NVUSD Board of Education previously announced at its May 17 meeting that it had offered Mucetti the job of replacing the retiring Patrick Sweeney after several months of searching for a new superintendent.

Her contract, approved unanimously on May 31, provides a base annual salary of $265,000. It runs from July 1 through June 30, 2022.

“These provisions are substantially similar to Dr. Sweeney’s contract,” said school board President Joe Schunk. “We feel this is the market rate for superintendents in our area.”

Sweeney’s contract, which ends on June 30, pays him a base salary of $258,343, according to NVUSD spokesperson Elizabeth Emmett.

Mucetti’s contract includes other provisions, such as an annual health and welfare contribution of $15,000 to cover health benefits, an automobile allowance of $800 a month and a relocation allowance of $5,000.

She currently lives in the East Bay with her family, but will be moving to the Napa Valley. She will officially start her new position on Monday, July 2.

“I plan to hit the ground running” that day, she told the school board.

Mucetti, 43, will be the first woman and Hispanic to lead the school district, which has a majority of Latino students. She is currently deputy superintendent of educational services for San Leandro Unified School District.

Accompanied by her immediate family, other relatives and friends, Mucetti on Thursday thanked the school board for “this special opportunity” to lead NVUSD, which she called “a very, very special place.”

“It has tremendous potential,” she said.

Mucetti promised to devote herself to running the school district of more than 17,500 students, some of whom are part of her extended family. She said she has relatives currently attending Vichy and Alta Heights elementary schools.

“Education is my passion,” she said. “Even though it is laborious, I do it from a space of deep commitment and deep passion. It’s what I love to do.”

“I’m passionate about making schools incredible places for students to thrive and learn and enrich their lives so they can access opportunity after they’re done with school,” said Mucetti, “and hopefully instill in them a lifelong passion for learning.”

The school board was congratulated on choosing Mucetti by a former colleague of hers, Nancy Albarran, the superintendent for San Jose Unified School District.

“She’s the right choice for this organization,” said Albarran, who attended Thursday’s school board meeting.

“I had the pleasure of working with her when I was the director of curriculum instruction for San Jose Unified,” Albarran said. “She was my manager.”

Mucetti’s professional background includes serving as manager of bilingual education for San Jose Unified.

“She is a brilliant leader,” Albarran said of Mucetti. “She is resourceful. She is loyal. She is committed.”

Albarran added that her school district in the South Bay is “always looking for best in class” for professional comparison sake, “and we will be looking to Napa to benchmark with because I’m confident” that Mucetti is “going to transform lives for the students in Napa.”

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American Canyon Eagle editor

Noel Brinkerhoff has been editor of the American Canyon Eagle since 2014. Prior to that he covered state politics in Sacramento for the California Journal.