Shattuck has served as superintendent for the past 13 years. In all, she has been with the district for 44 years. Just as the district’s board of education was about to begin a search for her replacement, members asked Shattuck, “Are you sure you want next year to be your final year?” she said. “They said, `We’d really be happy if you decided to stay.’ I said, `OK,”‘ Shattuck said. The new contract does not come with a pay raise. Shattuck’s salary remains at $206,000 a year. Shattuck said she had considered retirement because she could make as much money from her pension as she could working. But then she decided that she doesn’t want to quit working. NORWALK – Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District Superintendent Ginger Shattuck’s on-again, off-again retirement plans are off again. A year ago, Shattuck announced she would retire as of June of this year. Then she announced she planned to stay on until 2008. Now Shattuck has signed a new contract that will keep her in her job until June 30, 2010. Even so, Shattuck on Monday insisted she plans to be superintendent only until June 30, 2009. Seriously. “There’s more than money to this job,” she said. “I am really committed to this community. I like 99 percent of the job. I don’t have something I’m looking forward to doing, either professionally with consulting or personally.” By staying on, Shattuck said, she also can help the district deal with its declining enrollment, possibly by closing schools. The board already has voted to close Huerta Elementary School in the fall of 2008. “A new superintendent won’t have to deal with that kind of negative issue,” she said. “There’s no way to put a positive spin on closing schools.” Board member Pauline Deal said she’s happy Shattuck decided to stay for at least another year. “We’ve started so many things, it would be nice to see her stay and help us continue,” Deal said. Board member Richard LeGaspi said he, too, is pleased. “It’s good when you’re going through tough times to have an experienced superintendent,” LeGaspi said. [email protected] (562)698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!