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School District - Moving Forward With A New Superintendent
After several months with 'interim' in front of his title, Dr. Daryl F. Camp has officially been appointed the new superintendent of educational services for the Riverbank Unified School District. Camp started out as the assistant superintendent in July 2011 and then moved into the interim superintendent position for the district in April 2012. The board approved his appointment as superintendent in November.

Some of his duties as superintendent, Camp explained, are coordinating the curriculum, instruction, assessment and professional development for students K-12 and the after school programs for Riverbank Unified School District.

"Essentially, it is making sure we have the system set up to support student learning," said Camp, regarding his responsibility as the superintendent. He added that he tries to visit the school sites as often as possible so that he has a close relationship with the teachers and students.

The school district experienced a loss of several key personnel around the same time several months ago, which created some major changes within the past year. Moving forward, Camp said that he plans to continue supporting the teachers so that, in turn, the teachers can place their emphasis on the needs of the students.

One of his goals as the new superintendent is to bring some stability within the district and review the fiscal responsibilities and priorities. Camp noted that he is very excited about the Common Core Standards (CCS) initiative that will prepare students for college and career. The CCS was developed by the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governor's Association Center for Best Practices, Camp explained, and formally released in June, 2010. There are 46 states that have adopted the Common Core State Standards and California is one of them.

"These standards will drive a lot of the change that will come in the next few years," added Camp.

Holding a bachelor's degree in Health and Physical Education from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, Camp stated that Morehouse College emphasized leadership and he was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa scholar society while he was there. He earned his master's degree from the California State University of Hayward and fulfilled his doctorate degree in educational leadership at California State University, Sacramento. Camp is also a member of the Association of California Schools Administrators (ACSA) and was the president of the San Joaquin chapter in 2010-2011. He is also proficient in Spanish.

His educational career has included work as an assistant principal as well as principal and he most recently served as principal of Bear Creek High School, in Stockton, from 2005 to 2011. Statistics show he had a successful run and significantly reduced student suspensions and expulsions while student achievements showed substantial growth.

Although Camp is not originally from this area, he said it has really grown on him.

"This is a strong community, a close community," stated Camp. "There are a lot of good people working in the district."