Sanchis to Step Down as Head of Glendale District

Supt. Robert A. Sanchis of the Glendale Unified School District has announced he will retire from his post of 14 years.

Sanchis, who will turn 60 in June, is a Glendale native. He graduated from Glendale High School and Occidental College in Eagle Rock, and has worked in public education for more than 35 years. He became superintendent in 1982 and presided over the district during a period of unprecedented growth and demographic changes.

"When I arrived in the district, enrollment was 19,800 students; today it is nearly 30,000," said Sanchis, who announced his retirement at a school board meeting Tuesday night. "Our community has changed dramatically from a suburban to semi-urban environment."

During Sanchis' tenure, the district adopted and implemented the Glendale Schools 2000 strategic plan, and more than 100 classrooms were built, including the recently completed $8-million science building at Glendale High School.

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