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Long Beach School District Names Replacement For Outgoing Superintendent

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Long Beach Unified School Board members have selected Jill Baker — an educator with a 28-year history in L.A. County’s second-largest school district — as the school system’s next superintendent.

Baker will replace Chris Steinhauser when he retires from LBUSD on August 1, according to a release from the district.

Steinhauser led Long Beach Unified for 18 years, a tenure of rare length for urban school superintendents these days.

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Currently the district’s deputy superintendent, Baker “had widely been considered the frontrunner, as LBUSD has a history of hiring internally,” The Long Beach Post reported.

After joining LBUSD as a teacher in 1992, Baker has been a central office administrator in various roles for the last 14 years. She’s also a graduate of the Broad Urban Superintendent’s Academy.

Baker delivered a video message on Wednesday. Watch it above.

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