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Three goals from new school superintendent

ESCONDIDO—Luis Ibarra was named the new Escondido Unified School District Superintendent for the 2014-15 school year. He started in July.

Ibarra was a teacher for eight years and worked various roles for five additional years at the Oceanside Unified School District.

He attended the City Council meeting on Sept. 24 to ask for an endorsement on Proposition E.

“The average age of our schools is 41 years old,” Ibarra told the Council.

He aims to modernize and repair the schools throughout the district.

He also hopes to improve security and increase safety at the schools.

“When many of our schools were built, they were designed with an open campus policy to make them more inviting to the public,” said Ibarra. “As we all know, the world changed post-Sandy Hook.”

Finally, he told the Council that technology and infrastructure in the schools need to be updated.

“If we are to truly prepare our students for the 21st century, the world of college and career, technology needs to be a viable part of the instruction program,” said Ibarra.

Ibarra has a three-year contract as superintendent, making $210,000 a year.