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SRVUSD Superintendent Rick Schmitt Announces Retirement
Posted 4/2/20


Superintendent Rick Schmitt has announced his retirement from the San Ramon Valley Unified School District following four years in his role.  Mr. Schmitt will be retiring in June, 2020 after forty years in an educational career which has spanned high performing districts throughout the State of California.   


Prior to serving as Superintendent of San Ramon Valley Unified, Mr. Schmitt served as Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent, Associate Superintendent of the San Dieguito Union High School District, as well as Principal of Torrey Pines High School within that district.  


In a letter to the San Ramon Valley community, Mr. Schmitt stated, “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 as I returned 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.” 


Under Mr. Schmitt’s leadership, the San Ramon Valley introduced several initiatives aimed at ensuring the success of each of the District’s 31,000 students.  Mr. Schmitt’s priorities included Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports, providing a respectful working and learning environment, and ensuring that the SRVUSD remains fiscally responsible during a period of declining enrollment.  


Board of Education President Greg Marvel remarked, “We are very disappointed to be losing a phenomenal Superintendent of Schools. Rick Schmitt inherited a very high performing school district that was just recovering from the Great Recession. He implemented major new initiatives that provided even more services and options to our students and helped us continue to provide one of the best public education experiences in California. He will be sorely missed. I am confident that we will have a robust pool of highly qualified candidates to interview as we begin the recruitment process.” 


Board Member Rachel Hurd stated, “I’m really going to miss Rick.  I have found him to be a dedicated educator who is committed to doing what’s right for kids, acknowledging that every idea is not for every student, but by creating options and flexibility we build a better system for all kids. He has been true to his trademark phrase, ‘feedback is welcome,’ and has been a true pleasure to work and lead with.”


Board President Marvel will work with fellow trustees, staff and the community immediately to find a qualified candidate to lead the San Ramon Valley Unified School District beginning in the 2020-2021 school year.