Vaca Unified superintendent will retire after the 2022-23 school year

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VACAVILLE — Vacaville Unified School District Superintendent Jane Shamieh has informed the governing board of her intention to retire, with plans to continue in her position until the end of the 2022 school year -23.

Shamieh has served in public education for over 35 years, the last seven years as Superintendent of VUSD. She says the announcement of her retirement now will help support a smooth and thoughtful transition to superintendent.

“Vacaville Unified is an exceptional district because of the incredible staff, students, families and community working together,” Shamieh said in a school district news release. “I’m so proud of our collective accomplishments over the past few years.”

Shamieh added, “Together, we have focused on student success, modernizing facilities, choices and options for students, and fiscal discipline. Together, we have established a culture of kindness and respect for everyone who walks through the doors of our campus. But, like all great relay races, it’s time to pass the baton. I’m excited to see the race continue at what I know is an even faster pace of improvement. I am honored to have served the staff, students and families of Vacaville and sincerely appreciate their support and hard work.

School board chairman John Jansen said in the statement, “We appreciate Dr. Shamieh’s communication and transparency in sharing his plans. Jane’s dedicated leadership and hard work has made VUSD thrive over the past seven years, including the unprecedented pandemic of the past two years. The leadership team she assembled and mentored will leave a lasting legacy that will benefit every student in the future. »

Shamieh has held her position as Superintendent of VUSD since July 2015. During her tenure, VUSD claims many accomplishments including increased enrolment, renewed interest in early learning, establishment of support in mental health for students, improving graduation rates and growing professional technical education.

Among facility upgrades under Shamieh’s leadership, the district successfully implemented a $194 million general bond program. He was able to fund a new stadium for Will C. Wood High School and build additional classrooms, multipurpose rooms and outdoor spaces at Edwin Markham Elementary and Buckingham Charter. Additional renovations also took place at other VUSD sites, including the reopening of Sierra Vista, the district’s first K-8 school.

Before Shamieh became Superintendent, she served as Commercial Director of VUSD. Prior to joining VUSD, she held various administrative positions in the Contra Costa County Office of Education, including special education and business.

Shamieh began her career in education in San Francisco, as a teaching assistant, and later served as an elementary school teacher and principal. She also attended law school in the evenings while teaching, but decided to stay where her true passion lies: public education.

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