The SMMUSD Board of Education approved the appointment of MichaelCool as the new director of classified personnel at its Sept.2 regular meeting. The SMMUSD personnel commission recommended Cool for the position following recruitment and interviews.

Cool will oversee the recruitment and hiring of classified personnel for SMMUSD under the direction of the personnel commission. SMMUSD currently has approximately 800 classified staff members.

Cool previously worked for Santa Monica College as the supervising personnel analyst since April 2014, where he coordinated, supervised and participated in the recruitment and selection program.

He also worked as a personnel analyst intern for both Bassett Unified School District in La Puente and the Inglewood Unified School District, and was a human resources analyst I for the Ventura County Community College District.

“I am very excited to take on the role of director of classified personnel here at SMMUSD,” Cool said.

Although I am new to the district, I am familiar with the community. I previously worked in the Personnel Commission at Santa Monica College, and we enjoyed a close relationship with SMMUSD. I have received a warm welcome and I look forward to a smooth transition to my new home.”

Cool received his Bachelors of Science degree in psychology from UC Davis and his Masters of Science degree in industrial-organizational psychology from Cal State Long Beach.

“Michael will be a valuable addition to our district leadership team,” Superintendent Sandra Lyon said. “I would like to congratulate him on his new position.”

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