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San Pasqual Super Hargrave to retire

San Pasqual Union School District Superintendent/Principal Shannon Hargrave recently informed the school board of her plans to retire at the end of the school year. The board will launch a search for a new superintendent early spring.

“This decision comes after careful consideration and heartfelt gratitude for the extraordinary opportunity to be a part of this wonderful community,” Hargrave said. “I love this district and have enjoyed enormous support from the community and the Board of Education. I’ve been very fortunate to work with a great team of parents and staff on behalf of students here at the ‘Little School in the Valley.’ ”

Hargrave assumed the superintendency in 2013, cultivating the board’s trust and confidence as she worked tirelessly to make a good little school even better. “Time and again she has shown initiative, a willingness to find efficiencies, build collaborative relationships, and challenge the status quo in the name of making SPUSD better for its students, for families, for school and District staff,” said Board President Blaise Jackson. “We are blessed and grateful for the years she dedicated to this District, and she will be greatly missed.”

Hargrave will have completed 26 years in education by the time of her retirement. She began her career in education as a teacher in Vista Unified and also worked as an administrator in both Escondido Union School District and Valley Center Pauma Unified before joining San Pasqual! Union.

During her five years at San Pasqual Union the district has been recognized by the California School Boards Association with a Golden Bell Award for the district’s visual and performing arts (VAPA) program. In February, she and the VAPA Coordinator traveled to San Jose to receive the California Music Education Association’s Outstanding Administrator Award.

While at Lilac School in Valley Center, Hargrave and her team were recognized with honors such as the Leadership in Biliteracy award, Distinguished Administrator of the Year for Bilingual Education, ACSA Administrator of the Year, California Distinguished School, and a California School Board Association Golden Bell Award for character education.

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