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Templeton Superintendent Deborah Bowers plans to step down in June

Templeton Unified School District Superintendent Deborah Bowers is leaving her post in June — one of several top administrators to signal their resignation or retirement in recent weeks.

Bowers announced her departure at a special meeting held by the school board last week. She did not say what other interests or challenges she plans to pursue.

Other positions that will be vacated include: principals at Templeton High and Vineyard Elementary schools; the director of alternative education; the director of technology; and the director of maintenance, operations, transportation and grounds.

The hurdle to replace these administrators comes as the district prepares to cut more than $1 million from its roughly $18 million general fund.

A suggested plan for replacing the positions was presented to the school board May 4. Under that plan, two positions — the director of alternative education and the director of technology — would remain vacant to save the district more than $210,000 a year.

The school board has yet to decide whether it will replace Bowers with an interim superintendent or seek a permanent replacement.

School board President David La Rue could not be reached for comment Monday.

Bowers joined the school district 11 years ago and has served as superintendent for four years.

“It may be bad timing with the budget but it is something that I have been thinking about … and I decided that the time was right,” she said.

The school board will discuss the vacancies, including the superintendent position, and its plan to fill them at a meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the music room at Templeton Middle School, 925 Old Country Road.

Reach AnnMarie Cornejo at 781-7939.

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