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Gravenstein Union School District

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    The Board has unanimously approved an agreement with Superintendent Schwinn whereby, effective March 1, 2019 she will no longer be actively working as the Superintendent of the District, but will continue to advise the Board while the Board seeks to fill the position of Superintendent.

    We will be talking to Principals Pugno and Deeths, and District stakeholders about next steps to cover duties.  "We have consulted with the Sonoma County Office of Education concerning assistance as needed to ensure that district business continues in a smooth manner," said Steve Schwartz GUSD Board President. We are confident that other staff will be able to fill-in during the interim period as needed, and are continuing our focus on the transition to a single program 'Enrich for All' at both schools for the Fall 2019 school season.

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    Gravenstein Union School District is a Transitional Kindergarten through 8th grade school district with an enrollment of approximately 750 students. The district is located in the southeast rural section of Sebastopol in West Sonoma County.  Approximately 65% of the students attending our schools live outside of the original district boundaries. There are four schools in the district. Gravenstein School is a K-5 charter school with the exception of some first grade classes (called Gravenstein First School). Hillcrest Middle School is a 6th - 8th grade middle school which is a charter school, and the district also has a Community Day School. The district has a K-8 Magnet/GATE Program at both campuses (ENRICH!). The sites reflect the rural nature of the community. The relatively small enrollment at each site, excellent staff and very involved parents have worked together to establish a student body that has achieved some of the highest California state test scores in Sonoma County for the last 15 years.