School superintendent steps down

Patrick Godwin retires after five years heading up FCUSD
By: Staff report
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After 36 years as an educator, Patrick Godwin, superintendent of the Folsom Cordova Unified School District (FCUSD), will retire at the conclusion of the current academic year. Serving as superintendent for the last five years, Godwin’s retirement will be effective on June 30, 2010. “It has been a pleasure being a part of the FCUSD family, and I will continue to relish the opportunity to work with you for the remainder of this school year. We have many challenges ahead, but we also have the caring, courage, creativity, and intelligence to meet them. However, after 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. Board President Ed Short said, “You’ve kept kids first, even in these dire times. Thank you for your years of experience, your dedication, and commitment”. Godwin has served as the Folsom Cordova Unified School District superintendent since July 2005. Prior to coming to Folsom Cordova, he served for four years as the superintendent in the Yuba City Unified School District. Before becoming a superintendent, Godwin spent 28 years as an educator in the Roseville Joint Union High School District. In Roseville, he served as an English teacher, coach, athletic director, assistant principal, high school principal and assistant superintendent for personnel. Godwin has also been very involved with the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) and has served as a region president, and a member of the state human resources committee. He currently represents the Sacramento area as a member of ACSA’s Superintendent’s Council. In 1997, he was honored by ACSA as the California Human Resources Administrator of the Year. In 2008 Godwin earned ACSA regional honors as Superintendent of the Year. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration, both earned at California State University, Sacramento. As early as the December 10 meeting, the Board could begin the process for conducting a search, or could be prepared to appoint a new superintendent from within the district.