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CUHSD in the News: Campbell Union High School District selects its new superintendent

Original article by Jasmine Leyva in San Jose Mercury News.

The Campbell Union High School District's search for a new superintendent has come to a close.

The district's board of trustees approved the appointment of Robert Bravo at its May 5 meeting, according to district communications director Peter Feng.

Bravo will oversee the district's high schools serving students from Campbell, Saratoga and San Jose. His first day on the job is June 20.

Bravo will be returning to the Bay Area after stints in Texas and Southern California. He was recently the director of construction services for the Dallas Independent School District and was an area superintendent in the Los Angeles Unified School District, according to the high school district.

"Having grown up in San Jose, I am thrilled to be returning to the Silicon Valley to serve the Campbell Union High School District," Bravo said in a district press statement. "I am eager to begin working with the staff and the community in the service of students and their families."

Bravo was selected from a field of 30 candidates. Before his stints in Los Angeles and Dallas, Bravo had high school level experience as a teacher, assistant principal, school principal and assistant superintendent.

Bravo holds a doctorate as well as a master's in education and a bachelor's degree in history, all from UCLA. He attended Santa Teresa High School before leaving for college in Southern California.

Bravo says he wants to make the schools within the district the role model "flagships" he remembers as a student.

"I'd like to see our gaps close between different subgroups of students," Bravo told this newspaper.

Bravo replaces Patrick Gaffney, who resigned as superintendent in February for personal reasons. Gaffney came to the district in 1999 and replaced Rhonda Farber as superintendent in 2012.

Tanya Krause has filled in as acting superintendent since Gaffney left.

The district has more than 7,700 students enrolled in its five high schools and two alternative programs.