Cuyama School Board appoints new district superintendent/principal

Dr. Stephen Bluestein will begin duties July 1

CUYAMA, Calif. - The Cuyama Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees have appointed Dr. Stephen Bluestein as the new district superintendent/principal. 

Bluestein will be the principal of Cuyama High School as well as Sierra Madre High School in addition to being the District's superintendent. He will begin his duties on July 1, 2018.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to become superintendent/principal of Cuyama Joint Unified School District,” said Bluestein. “It is a wonderful school community that boasts a diverse group of children who are supported by caring teachers and staff members as well as active, concerned parents.”

Bluestein is currently the principal of Mesa Union School in Ventura County. Before that, he served as a principal in the Los Angeles Unified School District for over nine years. He has taught English as a second language at St. John's Seminary in Camarillo and at Moorpark College. Bluestein earned his doctorate from California State University Northridge's Education Leadership and Policy Studies program in 2011. 

“Dr. Bluestein brings a wealth of educational leadership and experience to the position," said Juan Gonzalez, Board President. "We are excited that someone with his breadth and depth of experience will be leading our schools.”

Santa Barbara County Superintendent Dr. Susan Salcido says Bluestein is a dynamic leader and will support the district and advance students progress to the next level.

Bluestein has been married for 28 years and has two children. His wife, Stephanie,  is an Associate Professor of Journalism at CSUN. Their son, Jesse, earned his master's degree in civil and environmental engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and their daughter, Jennifer, is in her freshman year at Sonoma State University. 

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