What does a retired school administrator do when they have spare time?
Sometimes, they go back to work.
That was the case for longtime area administrator Steve Piluso, who just recently took over as the interim principal at Sycamore Middle School.
Piluso has more than 35 years of experience as an administrator, most of that at the middle school level.
He has committed to staying at the school through Christmas. The school needed an interim administrator because the person hired for the permanent position was unable to get out of her contract in Red Bluff.
Retired administrators, due to guidelines by the state’s retirement system, are limited in the number of days they can work in a calendar year. Piluso did an interim assignment in Chico last year as well.
Gridley Unified School District Superintendent Jordan Reeves said the position will be reopened in the next few months.
For now, Reeves said, Sycamore is lucky to have a seasoned administrator like Piluso in the principal’s office.
An office that Piluso said he doesn’t plan to spend much time decorating.
“I’m not going to be here long,” Piluso said with a smile.
Piluso said he enjoys helping out schools when they need a seasoned administrator.
One of the keys, he said, is to remember that you’re there on a temporary assignment.
“You don’t want to just come in and change things for the sake of change,” Piluso said.
That hasn’t been an issue to Sycamore, where Piluso said he found a dedicated staff that knows what it’s doing.
“I’m really impressed with the staff here,” Piluso said.
He said he’s enjoying getting to know the students and staff, and really likes the Gridley community.
Piluso is assisted by assistant principal Michael Pilakowski, who is new to that position as well.