Fruitvale School District Superintendent to Retire

When Fruitvale School District Superintendent Mary Westendorf first joined the district, Ronald Reagan was in the White House. Simple Minds and Tears for Fears were blowing up the radio and MTV was just a few years old. Thirty-five years later, she has decided to retire.

Westendorf will step down June 30. And while she's proud of everything she has accomplished—first as a teacher, then curriculum specialist, vice principal, principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent—there is an air of sadness too.

“I remember the day that we closed [because of the pandemic]... and I thought, 'I may not ever see kids in classrooms as a superintendent again,' and that is hard” (Bakersfield.com). 

Because of the pandemic, Westendorf won’t get the large farewell she deserves after such a long and successful career. But Bakersfield.com reports that the district “might have a surprise or two up its sleeve for her soon.“

In the meantime, colleagues have shown an outpouring of gratitude for Westendorf’s leadership over the years. They say Fruitvale will not be the same without her.


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