Meet the Superintendent

  • To the Students, Parents, Staff, and Community of the Salinas Union High School District: 

    On June 27, 2017, the SUHSD Board of Trustees granted me the honor and privilege of serving the children and families of Salinas through their appointment of me as your Superintendent of Schools.   In returning to the District after serving this past year as the Superintendent for the Jefferson Union High School District, I fully understand the responsibility that comes with this position and I am thrilled to rejoin the Salinas Union High School District community.

    Surely this will be a time of transition for our District, as well as, most of our school sites that will have new people in leadership roles.  At the same time, this will be a time to honor our traditions and build on the achievements of our students and staff.

    As I begin my tenure as Superintendent, I bring a student-centered focus and an unwavering belief that all students can learn given the appropriate conditions for learning.  This central belief has been cultivated throughout the past 27 years that I have been an educator.  My experiences in education are diverse and include being a counselor, teacher, assistant principal, high school principal, associate superintendent, and superintendent.  Within each of these roles I have been committed to providing exemplary leadership and I am already working to do the same in the SUHSD. 

    Over the next few weeks and months, I will be working collaboratively with our Board of Trustees and our staff to assess the attributes that make SUHSD great and those that need attention to become even greater.  During that time, and over the course of the year, there will be opportunities set up to meet with me in various community places and in our schools.  I look forward to meeting you to discuss our vision for an exemplary learning community.  

    Again, I am honored to rejoin the Salinas Union High School District and on behalf of the Board of Trustees, I extend my best wishes for a successful 2017-2018 school year.


    Dan Burns

    Mr Burns