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VanVleck to leave CVHS
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Central Valley High School will hold its first-ever graduation ceremony on June 5. The joyous occasion will also mark the end of Fred Van Vleck's tenure as principal.

"One of the hardest things I had to do was tell the staff," he said. "It was tough. This has been my life for the last three years."

Van Vleck will continue to work for Ceres Unified School District as its director of curriculum and instruction. Fred will replace Denise Wickham, who was appointed assistant superintendent of personnel services for CUSD. The Ceres School Board gave its approval on Feb. 7.

"I asked him if he wanted to take on the challenge and he did," Ceres Unified Supt. Walt Hanline said. "He's a very bright, research-based leader. He's going to bring a lot of expertise into the district office."

Van Vleck's move to the district office came as no surprise.

"We talked about options for him in years past," Hanline said. Added Fred: "I didn't want to leave Central Valley before its first graduating class."

Administrators, teachers, parents and students will take part in the hiring process of Central Valley's new principal, who will make between $104,039 to $121,209 annually. Qualified candidates have until March 7 to submit an application and resume. Interviews will take place on March 17 and 31. Van Vleck's replacement will take over on July 1.