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A veteran Righetti warrior, who has served as an administrator for the past six years, is now officially its principal.

The well-earned promotion for Karen Rotondi was announced during the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District Board of Education meeting Tuesday night. Rotondi was formally the interim principal.

“It is a privilege and honor to serve the students, staff and Righetti community,’’ Rotondi said. “The educational model is changing in both instruction and technology, and I am excited to continue to be a part of a team that embraces moving forward in meeting the needs of today’s students.’’

Superintendent Dr. Mark Richardson knows Rotondi has the skills and dedication for the job.

“She’s handled some very stressful situations in a positive manner during the past several months,’’ Dr. Richardson said. “We believe she is the right person to lead Righetti into the future.’’

Rotondi has been an educator for the 19 years. She served as an assistant principal at Righetti for the last five years before assuming the interim principal position.

She is married and has two sons. One is a teacher and the other attends college.

Rotondi took over for Principal Steve Molina, who became the SMJUHSD’s LCFF Task Force Coordinator.

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