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Schools get new manager

Katherine Morris

As the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District’s current Director of Business Services, Bob Nehls, prepares for retirement, the district has succeeded in finding a qualified candidate for his replacement.

Ralph Johnson comes to the district from the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, a district of roughly 3,000 students, where he’s been serving as Associate Superintendent of Business Services for the last year.

Some of his duties include oversight of all business functions of the district and budget development – a skill that will be critical in the TTUSD in the upcoming months, particularly with the state’s budget crisis.

He’s also responsible for food services, maintenance, transportation and an $80,000,000 construction program.

“He is extremely experienced business manager,” said TTUSD Superintendent Pat Gemma. “He’s even had experience in this region, when he served as business manager for the Lake Tahoe Unified School District in South Lake Tahoe between 1982 and 1998.”

Johnson also brings with him financial and business experience from his job as chief financial officer from a Placerville architecture firm and as an administrative analyst for the city of Los Angeles.

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“Ralph always demonstrates the highest professional standards of performance and combines them with tremendous personal skills and a keen intellect,” wrote Richard J. Fischer, Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Superintendent, in a letter of recommendation. “He wears many hats, all of them well.”

He added that Johnson has been an indispensable member of the district’s collective bargaining team – another hot item in the TTUSD.

“He has been largely responsible for many years of successful contract settlements with our unions,” Fischer wrote.

Johnson holds a degree in economics from California State University, Northridge.

He is expected to start work in the TTUSD sometime in January.