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Dr. Amy L. Slavensky, Superintendent of Schools

January 5, 2021

Dear Amador County Public Schools Staff, Families and Community,

After many months of reflection, discussions with my husband Mike, and some mixed feelings, today it is with a sense of peace and clarity that I announce my retirement from the Amador County Unified School District and California public school education, effective June 30, 2021. Staying true to my lifelong commitment to support students and families, I welcome the next chapter of my life journey and am looking forward to spending more time with my family, writing about my experiences, and seeking new ways to serve the greater good for all students. 

During our time working together in Amador County, I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished. Together, we built and delivered multi-tiered systems of support with a strong emphasis on social emotional learning. Together, we learned about and implemented preschool through 12th grade standards aligned curriculum and instruction, one-to-one technology with devices for every student at the secondary level, and we expanded career technology education and adult education. 

After a short time on the job, we uncovered financial truths and worked hard with our governance team, labor partners and leaders to right-size staffing and spending, and we rebuilt our required financial reserve fund levels to meet and exceed the state requirement in just 18 short months.  The experts said it would take at least three years. We’ve also implemented some great school facilities improvements with architectural plans in development for more improvements, with coming soon attention to one of our oldest facilities located at Ione Elementary School. 

Together, we are in the process of successfully navigating the unprecedented COVID19 pandemic, distance learning, and the safe reopening of our schools for in-person learning in a hybrid model. Surrounded by a mighty team of educational leaders, I’m proud of our work and will always remember Amador County Public Schools students, teachers, leaders, staff and families as a community fiercely dedicated to its youth and its schools. 

We have a lot more to do together in the next six months. This includes relentlessly striving for health and safety for all staff and students, and making our intervention supports for students even stronger during this pandemic – doing everything we can to minimize learning loss and to foster learning gain. I remain very committed to this work. 

The next six months also includes planning for the next school year. January always signals this. Preparing for the school district’s next chief executive officer is part of this planning. By announcing my retirement well in advance, I’m hoping to provide the Board of Trustees plenty of time to work with a premier search firm to conduct a thoughtful, thorough process that includes input from teachers, leaders, staff, students, families and the community. 

I am grateful for each of you and my experiences serving the youth, families and staff of Amador County Public Schools. Thank you for your continued dedication and support.

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Amy Slavensky

 

Amy Slavensky, Ph.D.
ACUSD Superintendent
aslavensky@acusd.org

Demi Wright
Communications & Executive Operations Specialist
demi.wright@acusd.org
209-257-5353

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