Bonsall school superintendent leaves district – California News

Bonsall’s school district superintendent Justin Cunningham left his position with the district Friday, citing health reasons for his resignation.

In an April blog post, Cunningham wrote that he had undergone a total knee replacement that requires extensive rehabilitation that would interfere with his job duties, noting that the position demands “hyper-focused leadership.”

“Patience and therapy are calling for my time and attention to address this health issue for the next (eight to ten) months,” he wrote. “It would be too presumptuous to take that time and attention from Bonsall schools.”

Cunningham left the position with the Bonsall Unified School District Friday, and Lori Cummins, director of student services and special education, will fill in until the school board votes on a permanent replacement at its Aug. 8 meeting, said William Pickering, assistant superintendent for business services.

“Bonsall is a gem, and its future is very bright,” Cunningham wrote in the blog post. “I am very grateful to have served as its superintendent these last nine years and look forward to hearing of its amazing accomplishments in the future.”

Cunningham’s departure comes as the district is making plans to build a new high school, and embroiled in a dispute about its location.

The district’s high school students currently share a campus with Sullivan Middle School on West Lilac Road. The high school is based on an educational system called New Tech, which combines interdisciplinary lessons and project-based learning to help students develop skills they’ll need for future jobs.

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