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Message from SRVUSD Superintendent Rick Schmitt
Posted 4/2/20


During my four year tenure as Superintendent of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, I have had the great privilege of working together with a highly dedicated and collaborative group of educators and staff, a supportive community and a committed Board of Education, all of whom consistently keep students’ needs at the forefront of their agenda.   


With those relationships in mind, it is with very mixed emotions that after forty years in public education, I have decided to retire at the end of this school year.  Throughout my career, my wife, my two children and my extended family have all supported me, and I now hope to spend time supporting them.


My experience in the San Ramon Valley has been an exceptional capstone to my career, and I could not have asked for a better district to work with upon returning to the Bay Area.  I am most grateful for the personal and professional relationships that I have been able to form with district managers, teachers, classified staff, the Board of Education, parents and community leaders.  Together we have been able to lead an already excellent school district to greater heights through some of the most trying times imaginable. 


It has been an extraordinary honor to partner with you through these last four years, as we shared both the successes and the challenges.   Despite the unprecedented situation in which we find ourselves, the staff and families of the San Ramon Valley have never wavered in their commitment and compassion for students’ academic, social-emotional and personalized learning.  I have every confidence that this District will thrive as a destination district well into the future, and I will enjoy watching that success.  


I have spoken to the Board of Education about this, and will make my decision final at the April 3, 2020 Board Meeting.   While I understand that these are incredibly challenging times, it is my hope that by announcing my decision now, the Board of Education will find the best candidate to lead this extraordinary district into the future. 


I am committed to leading this District through my retirement at the end of June, and I look forward to saying goodbye to many of you in person, or as the case may be, by teleconference.  I do want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for welcoming myself and my family, and especially for what you do every day for our students. You will be remembered and missed.