Godwin's last meeting 'quiet and routine'

By: Brad Smith, Telegraph Correspondent
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Superintendent Patrick Godwin’s last school board meeting was marked by appreciation and farewells Thursday. Stephen Nichols, the district’s public information officer, said the meeting was very routine. “It was a good meeting — (a) number of people attended just so they could tell Mr. Godwin goodbye and wish him good luck,” Nichols said. In November, Godwin announced that he was resigning as superintendent and retiring from a education career that spanned more than three decades. “Sfter 36 years in education, I am ready to take on different challenges and to take time to explore other aspects of life,” said Godwin in a statement released after his announcement. Debbie Bettencourt is slated to take Godwin’s place July 1. Nichols said Leroy Tripette, Intel’s education manager, was on hand to present Godwin with an award and other gifts. President-elect of the Folsom Cordova Education Association, Michael Itkoff said he enjoyed working with Godwin. “He worked hard and he guided us through both good times and bad,” Itkoff said. “He did the best job possible in one of the toughest economic periods in state history.” With Godwin stepping down, Itkoff said the FCEA was looking forward to working with Bettencourt on the district’s budget situation. “She knows the budget issue inside out,” Itkoff said. As far as the budget goes, Itkoff said it’s up to the state. “The state says they’re committed to education and improving it,” he said. “If that’s the case, then the state needs step up and honor that commitment.”