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Riverbank Educators Leaving The District
Dr. Sean Richey, Principal of Riverbank High School, welcomes family, friends and graduating RHS students to the ceremonies at Ray Fauria Memorial Gymnasium on Friday, May 24. This was Richey’s final RHS graduation, as he is leaving the district for a new position in the Los Banos Unified School District. Ric McGinnis/The News

Those attending Friday night’s Riverbank High School graduation ceremonies might have been surprised to learn that, for more than one administrator, it would be their last in the Riverbank Unified School District.

It was reported in The News in April that RUSD Superintendent Dr. Daryl Camp would be leaving after the current school year, bound for the San Lorenzo Unified School District in Alameda County. He concludes eight years of service here.

The surprise came when Dr. Sean Richey, RHS Principal, was welcoming families, friends and soon-to-be graduates to the ceremony on Friday, May 24 in the Ray Fauria Memorial Gymnasium.

He mentioned, seemingly in passing, that it, too, would be his last graduation at RHS. When asked following the ceremony where he would be relocating to, he said he had just been named Assistant Superintendent in the Los Banos Unified School District, and will begin there this summer.

Los Banos Unified is located in Merced County, roughly 50 miles southwest of Riverbank. It is situated on California Highway 33, west of Merced, near Interstate 5.

“The district serves over 11,000 students across the City of Los Banos, from transitional kindergarten to twelfth grade, featuring 12 schools and an additional adult education program to serve the needs of its community,” according to its website.

The population of Los Banos was reportedly 35,972 at the 2010 census.

Richey missed out on last year’s RHS graduation ceremonies, since he himself was participating in a commencement elsewhere. He was receiving his Doctorate, an EdD.

As he proudly pointed out at the Scholarship Awards earlier in the month, RHS seniors received over $50,000 in recognition this year. He also noted that the campus has consistently been ranked in the top ten percent of schools in the nation for the past four or five years in a row.

With the exit of both administrators, members of the district’s board of trustees will be looking for their successors this summer.