Appointment of New Windsor Unified School District Superintendent

Brandon Krueger Hired as
Windsor Unified School District

Brandon Krueger has been named Windsor Unified School District’s (WUSD) new Superintendent, the WUSD School Board announced during its Regular Board Meeting on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. He will replace Superintendent Steven Jorgensen, who is retiring, July 1, 2017.

Dr. Krueger currently serves as Director of Human Resources for the Windsor Unified School District, a position he has held since 2016. His twenty-four years of experience in education include serving as an Associate Superintendent of Human Resources for the Elk Grove Unified School District, Chief Human Resources Officer for the Alameda Unified School District and Senior Director of Human Resources for the West Contra Costa Unified School District. He has been an Elementary Principal, an Assistant Professor at the university level and an advisor to doctoral degree candidates and a classroom teacher. He is the author of The Power of Partnerships Between Parents and Schools.

Esther Lemus, President of the Board of Trustees notes, “We are thrilled to have Dr. Krueger join us in his new role as Superintendent. As one of twenty-four candidates for the Superintendent position, Dr. Krueger’s impressive background and expertise allowed him to quickly rise to the top. Given Dr. Krueger’s background, numerous strengths, and proven commitment to the academic success of all students, we look forward to having him take up the reins of leadership as we move our district forward into the 21st century”.

Dr. Krueger is excited to continue his work in the Windsor Unified School District as its Chief Executive. “I am so impressed with Windsor Unified School District and its dedicated community! I have been proud to call WUSD my professional home over the last year and am sincerely honored to have been selected to carry on the excellent, student-centered momentum generated by Superintendent Steve Jorgensen. I look forward to working with the Board of Trustees, our employees, our parents/guardians, and our community partners, and (as well as on behalf of) all learners of the Windsor Unified School District. Together, we will continue to meet the needs of our students and further realize their successes!”

The Windsor Unified School District enrolls over 5,100 students in transitional kindergarten through high school. Elementary students attend four uniquely configured schools, including three schools that serve students in small grade-level clusters (TK-1, 2-3, and 4-5). The fourth elementary school is a K -8 Spanish dual immersion dependent charter school.

Superintendent Retirement

The Windsor Unified School District announces the retirement of Superintendent Steve Jorgensen from the Windsor Unified School District, effective June 30, 2017. Superintendent Jorgensen’s retirement marks the end of an exemplary career, including 34 years of distinguished service in the education field and 27 years in Administration. Jorgensen has served 12 years as a Superintendent, including the past three years successfully leading the Windsor Unified School District.

Superintendent Jorgensen began his career as a high school teacher at Willits High School and after seven years, became the school’s Assistant Principal. As he moved up the administrative career ladder, he gained broad experience with the Willits Unified School District as a Principal, Director of several operational programs and Superintendent for six years. After moving to Sonoma County, Jorgensen worked for the West Sonoma County Union High School District as Assistant Superintendent for Business and Human Resources and the Cloverdale Unified School District as the Superintendent.

School Board President Esther Lemus said, “We are saddened by the loss of such an exceptional and exemplary Superintendent. Steve is a man of class, grace, strong character, and incredible acumen. He has definitely left his mark on education in this District and has left imprints everywhere. His efforts and successes will never be forgotten. However, after 34 years of exceptional service in the education field, including three years in our District, he has certainly earned entry into this new phase of his life. While we will miss him and are sad to see him go, we truly wish him the absolute best.”

Jorgensen stated, “During my career, I’ve had the good fortune to be able to work with talented and caring staff members and have valued my opportunities to spend time with students. I’m proud of the work we’ve done together in the district; the positive relationships with our bargaining units, the start-up of the Big Picture School, the academic growth we’re seeing with our English learners, and the focused efforts of our staff to assist our students in developing social and emotional skills. Our school site staffs are dedicated to providing students with a quality learning environment and our District Office crew is outstanding.”

“This is my 27th year in school administration and 12th as a Superintendent.” Jorgensen added. “I’ve enjoyed my time in Windsor and appreciate how much the community cares and supports our schools; most recently with the passage of a $62 million facilities improvement bond measure. I’m fortunate to leave in good health and I look forward to enjoying retirement while, at the same time, exploring new opportunities. I will also take time to appreciate the friendships forged over the past several years. I’d like to thank the School Board for entrusting me to lead the district during the past three years. I’m confident the next Superintendent will be able to build on the success we’ve had.”

The School Board will begin the process for filling the Superintendent position for the 2017-18 school year immediately. President Lemus said, “Steve has all the qualities we want in our next Superintendent. He is personable, reliable, has incredible judgment, and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and expertise related to student achievement and success, and to a smooth functioning and financially healthy district. We look forward to finding someone with similar attributes who can take up the torch as we continue into the 21st century.”