Superintendent's Office

  • Dear Folsom Cordova family:


    It is with mixed emotions, yet confident in the timing of my decision, that I inform you that I will be retiring at the end of the school year.  For twenty of my 42 years in education, I have been blessed beyond measure to serve with FCUSD teachers, support staff, administrators, parents, faith and business leaders, and elected officials from two exceptional cities which comprise the best district in the region, Folsom Cordova Unified School District. 

    The Board will begin the search for a new superintendent this week by interviewing search consultant firms.  Over the next three months, there will be opportunities for input through forums, meetings, and our website.  It is the goal of the Board to have a new superintendent identified by the end of the school year.

    As I reflect on the past seven years as superintendent, together we have faced unprecedented budget cuts by the State during the recession, the implementation of Common Core and new State curricular adoptions, new school construction, and modernization of every school in the district. New programs including GATE academies at Mather Heights and Judah elementary schools, the new Riverview STEM Elementary School, Transitional Kindergarten, and International Baccalaureate at Mitchell and Cordova High School have been implemented.  These programs are only possible because of the creative and dedicated employees of our district. 

    We have great instructional leadership in our district: assistant superintendents for elementary and secondary instruction, lead teachers, principals, directors, and every classroom teacher who work daily to improve the academic success of our students.  Because of these people, FCUSD will continue to be an academic leader in the region. In fact, every department in the district has strong leadership driven by the desire to serve students.

    We are finishing the implementation of the 1:1 student Chromebook program this year as part of our technology and mobile device access efforts.  State test scores, graduation rates, and participation in Advanced Placement, STEM, and Career Technical Education courses are all on the rise.  Again, this is due to the effort of teachers, administrators and classified employees who have the passion to deliver new programs, and families who are supportive of their children.

    The success of our district is directly attributable to talented and caring employees, school board members committed to excellence, and supportive families and communities. It is never about one person at the helm.  You make the district great!  Thank you for allowing me to be part of this district. I will cherish the friendships and professional relationships developed over the years.

    I’m excited about the next phase of my life, especially for the gift of time with my husband, children, seven grandchildren and community service projects.  But, I will forever be your best ambassador and biggest fan.

    With love, continued prayers, and admiration for you all,

    Debbie Bettencourt


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