Drati to depart Santa Monica after six years at the helm of SMMUS

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) Superintendent Ben Drati announced on Friday that he would be departing the district effective...

November 23, 2022
2:54 AM

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) Superintendent Ben Drati announced on Friday that he would be departing the district effective January 2023; one day earlier, Drati accepted a job as superintendent of Bellflower Unified School District. Drati came to Santa Monica six years ago in November 2016, months after former Superintendent Sandra Lyon departed for Palm Springs. 'I did not see this coming,' SMMUSD Board Member Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein said following Drati's announcement.

Emily Sawicki