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A new superintendent/principal has been chosen to lead the Cuyama Joint Unified School District.

Stephen Bluestein, principal of Mesa Union School in Somis, has been tapped by the district's board of trustees to helm the 330-student school district. Bluestein will begin at Cuyama Joint Union on July 1.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to become superintendent/principal of Cuyama Joint Unified School District," Bluestein said in a statement. "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."

Prior to joining Mesa Union School, Bluestein served as a principal for more than nine years in the Los Angeles Unified School District. He also taught English as a Second Language at St. John's Seminary in Camarillo and at Moorpark College and served as an elementary teacher for a number of years.

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

Mathew Burciaga covers education in Santa Maria and the surrounding area for Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Follow him on Twitter @math_burciaga


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Santa Maria Times reporter Mathew Burciaga covers education for Lee Central Coast Newspapers.