Colusa Unified Hires New Superintendent

The Colusa Unified School District has named a new superintendent. Jeff Turner has been serving as head of the Mesa Union School District in Somis for the past five years.

“I’m a farm kid from Idaho, so being connected to a small-town, agriculture based community is important to me and my wife,” said Turner, as reported by the Appeal-Democrat. “...We made an instant connection with the community and that was important to us.”

“My hope is to work with the community and staff to build upon their strong academic program and create opportunities for students at school and the community,” Turner added.

Colusa Unified was so impressed with Turner’s work at Mesa Union that the board will be touring his old school to see the achievements first-hand.

“We feel that Mr. Turner will be an excellent addition to our schools and community,” Melissa Ortiz, CUSD board president, said in a press release. “His past accomplishments, talent for asking great questions and passion for rural communities will be important ingredients in his success at CUSD.”

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