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August 21, 2023
The Sonoma Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Jeanette Rodriguez-Chien has been selected as the new Superintendent of Schools. She officially began her position on July 1, 2023.
As a public school educator for over 30 years, Rodriguez-Chien started her career as a bilingual classroom teacher and has served in a variety of capacities including school site principal, director of curriculum and instruction, chief academic officer, assistant superintendent and most recently deputy superintendent of San Diego County Office of Education.
Rodriguez-Chien holds a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Southern California as well as a master’s and bachelor’s degree from UCLA in educational leadership and psychology, respectively. Rodriguez-Chien has also taught educational leadership courses at Pepperdine University and the University of Southern California.
At the May 30, 2023, Special Board Meeting, the Redlands Unified School District Board of Education announced the selection of Juan Cabral as the new Superintendent of Schools pending contract approval at the June 13, 2023, Board of Education meeting. Cabral will officially assumed the role on July 1, 2023. He succeeded former Superintendent Mauricio Arellano, who served in RUSD for five and half years.
Cabral brings with him a wealth of experience in education and leadership, having served the last seven years as the Val Verde Unified School District’s assistant superintendent of human resources. He has also served in various roles with VVUSD, including director of human resources, high school principal and middle school teacher. Throughout his 28-year career with his current district, Cabral has demonstrated a strong commitment to student success, parent and community engagement, and equity.
Cabral holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Redlands and a bachelor’s degree from UC Riverside, and is also fluent in Spanish. He has built a career on establishing cohesion, stability, and lasting relationships within Val Verde Unified and has served in professional organizations, including ACSA, California School Boards Association, and California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators.
In his new role, Cabral will be responsible for overseeing the district’s 26 schools, 20,000 students and 2,300 staff members. He will work closely with the Board of Education, cabinet, staff and community members to continue to build on the district’s successes and ensure that all students receive a high-quality education.
Ben Fobert will be transitioning into the position of Director of Educational Services in Lammersville Unified School District. After serving as the founding principal at Mountain House High School for the past 10 years, this new role in the district will support both the student services department and the curriculum and instruction department as programs expand in the rapidly growing school district.
The Southern California Regional Occupational Center has a new leader after a unanimous vote of its board to select Julian Rodriguez as Superintendent. Rodriguez brings experience from a 21-year career in public education, including time as a classroom teacher, site administrator and district office administrator. In the past year, he has worked as an adjunct professor and curriculum writer for the Riverside Office of Education’s Career and Technical Education Teacher Credentialing Program.
Rodriguez also spent nine years at the Chino Valley School District, first as coordinator, then director of assessment and instructional technology, then director of secondary curriculum and instruction.
SoCAL ROC’s campus in Torrance serves six greater South Bay School Districts with career and technical education.
Rodriguez started his new role on July 1. Previous Superintendent Atlas Heraire will stay on as assistant superintendent.
The San Bernardino City Unified School District announces the appointment of Terry Comnick as the district’s new Associate Superintendent.
With an extensive background in education finance and administration, Comnick brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his new role, overseeing the district’s budget and leading the Business Services, Facilities, and Operations Divisions.
Officially joining the SBCUSD leadership team in July 2023, Comnick will take on the responsibility of managing the approximately $1.1 billion budget for California’s eighth-largest school district.
The Board of Education and Superintendent Mauricio Arellano have placed their trust in Comnick’s capabilities, recognizing his proven track record in financial management and dedication to optimizing resources.
Comnick’s journey in the education sector began as a substitute teacher in 1992, and he has since held various positions that have showcased his commitment to public education. Most recently, Comnick served as an assistant superintendent at the Upland Unified School District, where he made significant contributions to the district’s financial stability and success.
Returning to SBCUSD, Comnick brings a unique perspective and a passion for improving educational outcomes for students. Previously, he served as the director of categorical programs in SBCUSD for seven years, from 2014 to 2021, during which he demonstrated exceptional leadership and an ability to allocate resources effectively. His leadership proved instrumental during the LCAP process.
In his new role, Comnick will play a vital role in ensuring the allocation of financial resources aligns with the educational needs of SBCUSD’s more than 47,000 students and 9,000 staff members.
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