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Cloverdale School District Superintendent Steve Jorgensen has been named to the top post at Windsor School District.

Jorgensen, who will begin with Windsor on July 1, takes over for interim superintendent Barbara Young who took over Sonoma County’s fourth largest school district in December following the resignation of former superintendent Tammy Gabel. Gabel resigned in November after two years at the helm.

Windsor is trying to emerge from a bleak financial time during which it slashed its budget, resulting in teacher and staff layoffs, higher class sizes and mothballed programs.

Windsor officials have been working with a fiscal minder to address its financial woes.

In addition to two years as superintendent in Cloverdale, Jorgensen spent five years as assistant superintendent for business services and resources at the West Sonoma County School District.

Jorgensen has 30 years of education experience, according to officials at the Sonoma County Office of Education which lead the search for Windsor.

Jorgensen’s salary will be $169,000 annually, according to Windsor district officials.

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