BY EMILY MIBACH
Daily Post Staff Writer
The Ravenswood City School District board announced today that it has decided longtime district employee and current interim superintendent Gina Sudaria should become the district’s permanent superintendent.
Sudaria has been the district’s interim leader after Gloria Hernandez-Goff was ousted by the board in March 2019 following multiple controversies, including hiring her son and for reassigning a popular principal to a desk job in the district office.
Since taking over for Hernandez-Goff, Sudaria recommended that the board close two schools due to the district’s shrinking enrollment due to the influx of charter schools in the area. The lack of enrollment means the district loses money. The district has about 2,000 students, while 20 years ago the district had around 5,000 students, Sudaria has said.
The two schools, Brentwood at 2086 Clarke Ave. in East Palo Alto and Willow Oaks at 620 Willow Road in Menlo Park, will be closing at the end of the school year.
“The board of trustees made the decision to select a leader for our district with deep institutional memory,” said board President Ana Maria Pulido. “Gina is best suited to push forth the many reforms undertaken at Ravenswood during the last five years, and we are confident she can maintain our district on that course.”
Information about Sudaria’s new salary was not immediately available, but Hernandez-Goff received $192,813 during her last year as superintendent, according to salary tracker Transparent California.
Sudaria has worked for the district for 22 years, starting as a teacher and working her way up the chain of command. Sudaria did her undergraduate studies at Stanford and got her masters at CSU Hayward. She also holds three state credentials, according to the district.