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Ocean View district names superintendent and deputy

The Ocean View School District has a new superintendent and deputy superintendent after a months-long search.

Board members on Tuesday approved the selection of Carol Hansen as top administrator for the district, replacing Gustavo Balderas, who announced his departure in March. Hansen currently is the assistant superintendent for human resources in the ABC Unified School District in Cerritos.

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ABC Unified serves the cities of Artesia, Cerritos, Hawaiian Gardens and parts of Lakewood, Long Beach and Norwalk and has an enrollment of about 21,000 students.

The district also chose Michael Conroy to be deputy superintendent, a new position created to support the top administrator, district spokeswoman Julie Jennings said. Conroy is currently the assistant superintendent of business services in the Paramount Unified School District in Paramount.

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"I am honored to have been selected as superintendent and look forward to engaging with students, parents, staff and community members in this important work," Hansen said in a statement Tuesday. "I specifically sought out this opportunity because the needs of the district closely align to the kind of work that I wish to do as a school leader."

Ocean View board President Gina Clayton-Tarvin said in a statement that a search firm was hired to find the right top administrator to handle the district's specific leadership needs.

"All five trustees found that Dr. Hansen is the perfect match for our district superintendent and know that Dr. Conroy will also play an important role in our district's ongoing development," she said.

Hansen and Conroy will start July 13.

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