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Windsor schools name interim leader

Windsor Unified School District has named former Sonoma Valley Unified School District superintendent Barbara Young as its interim superintendent in the wake of Tammy Gabel's resignation.

Young is expected to join the district on Monday.

Windsor's fiscal moves continue to be monitored by a financial advisor after the district fell into what is called negative financial status last spring.

Young retired as superintendent in Sonoma Valley in 2008 but has since served as interim superintendent in Milpitas in the South Bay. She also has served as an elementary school principal, director of curriculum and education, assistant superintendent and superintendent in the Mill Valley School District earlier in her career.

The school board is expected to officially launch a search for a replacement in the new year, according to outgoing Board President Billy Forrest.

“I think we are going to hit the road hard in January,” he said.

Gabel, who had led Sonoma County's fourth largest school district since July 2011, tendered her resignation last month. It was effective Nov. 30.

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