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Gravenstein Union School District

Gravenstein Union School District

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    Welcome Interim Superintendent              Eric Hoppes

    Based on recommendations made by Principals Pugno and Principal Deeths, GUTA, teachers and parents, the Board voted to hire an Interim Superintendent to cover essential duties until the end of the school year.

    Superintendent Hoppes joins us with over 10 years of Superintendent experience running Wilmar Union School District. Eric is recently retired after 37 years in education, the last ten serving as the Principal/Superintendent of Wilson Elementary School/Wilmar School District just west of Petaluma.  He taught 17 years at the high school level, mostly at Petaluma High School, where he also coached varsity boys basketball and girls softball. His career in administration began in 1999 when he became the Assistant Principal at Petaluma Junior High School.  He served PJHS for seven years and then moved back to Petaluma High school for two years as the Assistant Principal.

    He will be providing essential support for our hardworking Principals and Staff while the Board searches for a permanent Superintendent to meet the needs of our amazing District. Moving forward, we have contracted with SCOE to assist with the search for a new Superintendent, the formal announcement will be publicized Monday. We anticipate both internal and external candidates.

    We appreciate all of the recent input from our parents and teachers and look forward to working with you during this transition period to build a stronger District for our students and school community. Thank you all for your support!

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    District Overview

    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.