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Serrato quits at CVHS
Roberto Serrato stepped down as principal of Central Valley High School after 4 p.m. on Monday.

"He didn't do anything wrong," explained Ceres Unified School District Superintendent Walt Hanline. "He requested to be re-assigned and we have a great position for him."

Serrato and Scott Siegel, deputy superintendent for CUSD, worked on the details of the transition.

Roberto has been named assistant director of Educational Options. He'll take over for Sharon Brittain.

"I'm looking forward to this new opportunity," Serrato said.

Said Hanline: "He'll do an outstanding job. He's a leader. He cares deeply about kids. He's very good at engaging the community and connecting with people. I think he'll be able to build upon and improve our services to students."

Fred Van Vleck, former CV principal and current assistant superintendent of Business Services, will fill Serrato's position on a temporary-basis. CV's new leader will be selected within the next week and take over after the Holiday break.

Serrato's principalship lasted a year-and-a-half. He was hired in 2008 to replace Van Vleck.

"It is with mixed emotions that I have decided to step down," Roberto said. "It was a very hard decision to make because we have great kids and great teachers and staff. I love being here. I make this decision with the best intentions in mind for CVHS."

"The bottom line is I'm not too worried about the critics," Hanline said when asked about Serrato's transfer to the district office. "I don't make hiring decisions based on what the public thinks. My record stands for itself."