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Dr. Darren McDuffie

August 11, 2022

Dear Santa Maria-Bonita Families and Staff,

Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year!  My name is Dr. Darren McDuffie and I am excited and feel blessed to join the Santa Maria-Bonita School District as your new Superintendent of Schools. This is the start of my 28th year in education. Throughout my career, I have had the pleasure of serving and leading in the roles of teacher, assistant principal, principal, director, assistant superintendent, and deputy superintendent.

I look forward to meeting as many of you as I can this year so that I can share my action strategy that will represent the collective voice of the SMBSD community.  I will work hard to build positive relationships with each of you and gain your trust because each one of us is important to the success of our students. Together, we can inspire the imagination and creativity of our students while we serve their individual academic, socio-emotional and physical needs.

On behalf of the Board of Education, I will communicate monthly, or more often when necessary, with our entire school community. The whole leadership team, including District and site leaders, will utilize a diverse set of communication tools to ensure we remain on the same page with those whom we serve.

If you have any questions or comments, please email me at this address and let me know what’s on your mind: 

In partnership. Thank you.
Dr. Darren McDuffie

Darren McDuffie Ed.D.


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