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January 29, 2016 (Alpine) – Bruce Cochrane, Superintendent of the Alpine Union School District, has given notice that he will be leaving the position he has held since mid-2014. 

“We are fortunate for the time Bruce has been with us and we would like to take this time to thank him for his contributions and wish him all the best in his new position,” Glenn Dickie, President of the AUSD Board of Trustees wrote in an open letter. 

The District will be enlisting help from a search firm to identify the most qualified and experienced candidates who will be the best match for the District, Dickie added. The change gives the District an opportunity to reflect on its identity and goals, as well as what characteristics and qualifications a new Superintendent should have, he noted.

“Input from our school community and the Alpine community, along with open communication throughout the process, are crucial to a successful search,” concluded Dickie, who said the District will schedule outreach events in the next few weeks to obtain feedback from stakeholders.

A graduate of Sna Diego State University, Cochrane served as the district’s Director of Human Resources and Pupil Services for two years before becoming Superintendent.  He has taught in the San Diego Unified School District and served as Assistant Principal at Torrey Pines High School, as well as Assistant Director of Special Education in the Grossmont Union High School District.

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“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark” -Hamlet. Something, indeed, is rotten in the state of AUSD. The first indication was the sudden departure of the JMMS principal, John McEvoy. John, the "best of the best" had had enough, and left. The same is true of Bruce. The Alpine community should be asking the board, starting with Glenn Dickie, what is going on. I know I will.