Supt. John Roach, Assistant Supt. Devin Vodicka Leave School District

Roach has retired as superintendent and Vodicka starts his new position of superintendent of the Vista Unified School District next week.

After working many years for the , Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent of Business Services are moving on.  

Roach, who has served as superintendent for eight years, will retire. Meanwhile Vodicka, who has worked for the district since 1999, will take on the role as superintendent for the Vista Unified School District beginning next week.

Roach said he plans to begin his retirement with a trip to visit his daughters. He'll continue to do some consulting work and teach education classes at University of Southern California and Cal State San Marcos. Roach said he will also direct an academy based in Oceanside for aspiring superintendents; about 30 administrators will participate in a course taught for seven weekends.

Despite the workload, Roach said he'll have plenty of time to enjoy retirement.

"I’m going to play a lot more golf," he said. "Although I probably won’t get better at it. I'm going to continue enjoying Carlsbad, my pool, and the beach."

Roach's work was recently honored by a  parent who threw him a retirement party at her home in the Batiquitos Lagoon.

"It was the most amazing retirement party," said Roach who joked that he's not sure if his daughter's wedding in October will be as nice.

Vodicka also complimented Roach.

"As a compliment to John, some of his defining moments have come in crisis," he said. "Years from now his legacy will come from those defining moments."

But some moments weren't so bright, said Roach.

"There’s never been a time in California for schools as bad as these past four years," he said. "We've had financial challenges, parents blaming their child's on one of our schools, pedophiles, and the . What a stroke of luck that the shooter was bad at what he was doing."


As for Vodicka, the transition to VUSD has left no time for summer vacationing.

"It’s exciting, but it’s difficult to leave a great organization like Carlsbad," he said. "However, I see real potential to make a difference in Vista. I live in the Vista school district, and the timing worked out perfectly. One door shuts and another opens when you least expect it."

Donald Sonck June 29, 2012 at 01:22 PM
I had the pleasure of getting to know Dr. Roach while a member of the Prop P Citizen's Bond Oversight Committee, and thereafter. His legacy while at the helm at CUSD will be one with an abundance of positives. Having to play the roles of business administrator, mediator, fund-raiser, appeaser, and educator is no easy task! I believe Dr. Roach handled it all well and with a great sense of dignity. I wish him well in retirement.
Eric Clower July 06, 2012 at 05:57 AM
"....parents blaming their child's cancer on one of our schools...." Is this a misprint or is this what was said verbatim by Dr. Roach? If it is not a misprint, that is really lousy of him to say.
Neversettle July 15, 2012 at 04:33 PM
A Superintendent that had child molestation going on in one of his schools for seven years should NOT win Superintendent of the Year, especially for the same year the school district he was in charge of is found guilty of negligence. The Carlsbad Unified School District was just found guilty June 18, 2012 by ALL 12 jurors in a civil suit that proved CUSD was negligent in supervising their teacher and protecting our children. This starts at the top with Roach. Roach clearly showed bad judgement when he had Principal Ahle open a second elementary school. The same year he was opening a new school Principal Ahle, was nominated for Principal of the Year which was also one of the very same years the teacher he mentored, Raymond Firth, plead guilty to molesting kids. There were complaints made against this teacher for all the years he taught from 2000-2007, the same years Roach was Superintendent and Ahle was Principal. Firth testified that Ahle wasn't performing annual or bi-annual reviews of him. Why wasn't the Superintendent checking that all of these were done? Why wasn't anyone paying attention? It starts at the top, modeled behavior. Quit giving these people awards when they have severely let our kids down. This misleads the public.


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