• EXCLUSIVE TO THE TRIBUNE: Kleinrock to Retire at End of School Year


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    Saying he has “been blessed to be an educator for more than forty years,” San Marino Unified School District Superintendent Loren Kleinrock told The Tribune last week that he will announce his retirement at Tuesday night’s board meeting.

    His statement was voluntarily embargoed by this newspaper until Kleinrock informed fellow administrators and staff members throughout the community. Kleinrock will remain at his position until June 30, the last day of the school district’s fiscal year.

    “At that time, I will have been blessed to be an educator for 41-1/2 years, all but 2-1/2 of those in San Marino,” said Kleinrock, and anyone associated with the long-time educator understands how valuable the accuracy of half-years is to his credibility. “I have loved all of the positions in which I have worked in the district including social studies teacher; resource specialist teacher; coach for football, soccer, and baseball; San Marino High School’s assistant principal of activities, discipline, and attendance; principal of Huntington Middle School and San Marino High School and, finally, my current position. I have been so fortunate to work with so many wonderful district colleagues, both certificated and classified. I have thoroughly enjoyed my relationships with parents and the general community over a span of five decades. Finishing my career as a the superintendent has allowed me to learn first hand more about all of the schools and the wonderful people who work there.”

    “Loren Kleinrock has devoted virtually his entire career, and most of his life, to San Marino’s schools, children and community,” said School Board President Chris Norgaard. “He was a leader in bringing San Marino into decade after decade of new and greater accomplishments and achievements. Under his leadership, San Marino High School was recognized repeatedly as being at the top of comprehensive high schools in California. As Superintendent, he has kept our entire district at the top and is leading us through the most significant changes in state funding and curriculum requirements in decades.” Norgaard said the district will immediately begin a search for Kleinrock’s successor.

    “The decision to retire has not been an easy one,” Kleinrock continued. “I’ve truly enjoyed my life as an educator in San Marino. Since I’ve been in one school or another continuously for 60 years, it’s simply time to take advantage of some other things that life has to offer, and I am looking forward to that opportunity.”
    Kleinrock graduated from Los Angeles High School and UCLA. He and his wife Sandy, also a former educator, have two sons and two grandchildren – retirement magnets.

    “On behalf of the Board of Education and the district, words truly can not adequately express our deepest appreciation and gratitude to Loren for putting us at the top and keeping us there, and we wish Loren, his wife Sandy, and their “kids” and grandkids the very happiest of years to come,” Norgaard said. “They more than deserve it. Our challenge is to show that we deserved Loren.”

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    His statement was voluntarily embargoed by this newspaper until Kleinrock informed fellow administrators and staff members throughout the community. Kleinrock will remain at his position until June 30, the last day of the school district’s fiscal year. “>


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    Added: January 13, 2014. 9:09 PM

    We have been so honored to have Coach Kleinrock in our lives & wish him well in his retirement years. Thank you for making our schools so wonderful.

    Added: January 14, 2014. 6:46 PM

    You’ll always be Coach Kleinrock to many of us from the Class of 1979. The Turpin boys — all four of us from ’75 – ’83 wish you and your family a wonderful retirement. Although we don’t see you sitting still for long!

     
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