Sharon Liddell

The Santa Rosa School Board give a long, laudatory sendoff to outgoing Superintendent Sharon Liddell Wednesday night – her last at the helm of Sonoma County’s largest school district.

Liddell announced her resignation in February after nine years with the district.

Board President Larry Haenel, reading from a text crafted in part by Liddell’s district office colleagues, commended Liddell for her outreach in the larger Santa Rosa community and for her “remarkable leadership.”

“I wish to thank you for all you have done for Santa Rosa City Schools,” he said.

Santa Rosa Teachers Association President Andy Brennan thanked Liddell for her long service in the district.

“It has been a difficult time and the superintendent’s job is a difficult job,” he said.

Liddell called Brennan “a good partner.”

Liddell said her tenure with Santa Rosa City Schools has been a positive one.

“It has been a joy to work with this district and to work with the teams that we have,” she said. “We have all been a part of what has happened for kids. It’s a wonderful thing to be a part of.”

Also on Wednesday, the board approved a three year contract for Socorro Shiels who was named the new superintendent. Shiels takes over July 1.