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San Marcos High School receives new principal for the 2018-19 school year

Posted at 12:18 AM, May 24, 2018

The Santa Barbara Unified School District Board of Education approved the appointment of Dr. Richard Rundhaug as the interim principal for San Marcos High School for the 2018-19 school year.

The vote was 4-1 at the the meeting that took place on May, 22.

In addition to his role as a K-12 educator, Dr. Rundhaug has taught graduate level courses in education, educational law, school finance, and statistics. 

On Wednesday, May 23 the former San Marcos High School Principal Ed Behrens filed a lawsuit against the Santa Barbara Unified School District, alleging a violation of his constitutional rights and unlawful retaliation.

The lawsuit stems from his demotion following a January incident at San Marcos High School in which a threat was made toward female students online.

The district will initiate a search for a permanent principal for SMHS in February 2019. 

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