June 25, 2022 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

SMMUSD Announces Melody Canady, New Assistant Superintendent, Business and Fiscal Services

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education
approved the appointment of Melody Canady as the new assistant
superintendent of business and fiscal services at its October 19, 2017
regular board meeting. Canady’s appointment is effective November 15, 2017.

Canady brings nearly 20 years of public education experience to
SMMUSD in business services, human resources and labor relations.
She has been serving as the chief business officer in the Pajaro Unified School District in Watsonville California since 2015. The Pajaro USD serves more than 20,000 students in 25 K-12 schools plus nine alternative and charter schools, with a $242 million budget. The district has 2,300 employees.

Prior to Pajaro, she served as the assistant superintendent, business/ chief business officer for the Greenfield Union School District in Greenfield California from 2007 to 2015. She has previously worked for the Orinda Union School District, Fresno USD and Clovis USD, starting her career for school districts in 1998.

In her previous positions, Canady was responsible for coordinating and developing the district’s annual operating budget and monitoring all school site, departmental and project budgets to ensure state,
federal and district guideline compliancy. Additional responsibilities included providing and preparing analysis and interpretation of current and long-term financial issues for the superintendent and board of trustees, along with directing the departments of business and fiscal services, facilities, maintenance and operations, food service, transportation and technology. She also has experience in administering, planning and directing construction, modernization, repair, and remodeling of facilities development and implementation.

“I am very excited to be joining the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District,” Canady said. “I believe that every student deserves our full attention and commitment to excellence in education. I also
believe that every staff member from the bus driver to the superintendent plays a pivotal role in educating students and I can’t wait to grow and learn with everyone at SMMUSD.”

Ms. Canady earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration, human resources option from Fresno State University and a Master’s degree in education with a concentration in supervision and administration from Fresno State. She has a chief business official certification from the California Association of School Board Officials.
Canady is a member of the Association of California School Administrators and the California Association of School Board Officials.

Canady replaces Jan Maez, who retired in June. “Ms. Canady will be a valuable addition to our district leadership team,” Superintendent Dr. Ben Drati said. “I would like to congratulate her on her new position.”

Related Posts

Active Shooter Training Set for Santa Monica Middle School Friday

June 23, 2022

June 23, 2022

Drill to take place at John Adams Middle School Friday morning By Sam Catanzaro ​​An active shooter training will take...

Metro Church and Cafe Fundraising To Keep Space in Santa Monica

June 23, 2022

June 23, 2022

Non-profit church and coffee shop shut down following false vermin complaint By Dolores Quintana Metropolis Santa Monica is a multi-use...

New Coffee Shop Open on Montana Avenue

June 23, 2022

June 23, 2022

Go Get ‘Em Tiger up and running on corner of Montana and 10th  By Dolores Quintana A new coffee shop...

15-Year Department Veteran Selected as Santa Monica’s Next Director of Library Services

June 22, 2022

June 22, 2022

Erica Cuyugan leads Santa Monica Public Library After performing a nationwide search, the City of Santa Monica recently selected Erica...

Cardboard City Returning to Santa Monica This Weekend

June 22, 2022

June 22, 2022

5,000 square foot innovative pop-up art installation returns June 25 with opening ceremony  Cardboard City, a 5,000 square foot innovative...

The Book Jewel Celebrates Pride Month as a Community

June 22, 2022

June 22, 2022

Westchester bookstore hosting series of events this month The Book Jewel in Westchester is hosting several events this month that...

Santa Monica Resident Injured in Apartment Fire

June 21, 2022

June 21, 2022

Pico Neighborhood apartment catches fire last week By Sam Catanzaro A Santa Monica resident was injured in an apartment fire...

Bonin Requests Lease Extension for a Bridge Home Homeless Shelter

June 21, 2022

June 21, 2022

Motion currently pending in City Council committee  By Sam Catanzaro Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin is pushing to extend...

Mountain Lion Killed by Vehicle Near the Same Spot Her Mother Was Fatally Struck in 2018

June 21, 2022

June 21, 2022

P-54 killed on Las Virgenes Road last Friday By Sam Catanzaro Not too far from where her mother was hit...

Rent Board Has Approves Highest Rental Increase In 40 Years: Santa Monica Beat – June 20th, 2022

June 20, 2022

June 20, 2022

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes.* Rent Board Has Approves Highest Rental Increase In 40 Years * Recreational Marijuana...

Santa Monica Families Earning Upwards of $190,000 Can Qualify for Mortgage Relief

June 17, 2022

June 17, 2022

State expands California Mortgage Relief Program By Sam Catanzaro Santa Monica families earning upwards of $190,000 can qualify for mortgage...

Santa Monica ‘Smart Home’ Hits Market for $17 Million

June 17, 2022

June 17, 2022

10,000 square foot home at 1410 Georgina Avenue for sale By Dolores Quintana Santa Monica has a new property on...

SMa.r.t. Column: The Mansionization of Santa Monica

June 17, 2022

June 17, 2022

Editor’s note: This column originally appeared in print in 2016.  In the 1980s, Santa Monica’s single family zoning code was...

Bass Pulls Ahead of Caruso in Latest Vote Tally

June 17, 2022

June 17, 2022

41-38 lead for Karen Bass in race for LA Mayor By Dolores Quintana The ballots are still being counted in...