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Announcement of New Superintendent

State Superintendent Tom Torlakson Announces New Superintendent for California School for the Deaf, Fremont SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced that Sean M. Virnig has been selected to serve as the new superintendent of the California School for the Deaf, Fremont (CSD), where he graduated as class valedictorian in 1992. Virnig is the school's 10th superintendent since its inception in 1850, and its first Deaf superintendent. Virnig succeeds Dr. Henry "Hank" Klopping, who is retiring after 36 years. "I welcome Sean back to CSD, which has earned an international reputation as a leading school for the Deaf," Torlakson said. "He brings the skills, training, and experience that parents, students, staff, and the CSD community called for in a new superintendent. "I also bid farewell to Hank, who has been passionate and unrelenting in his advocacy for quality educational opportunities for Deaf and hard of hearing students," said Torlakson, who last week presided over a moving tribute for Klopping and officially announced that the school's little theater would be renamed the Dr. Henry "Hank" Klopping Theater. Klopping said he is especially pleased and proud that the school's new top administrator was once a student there. "I am a believer that the success of any person in education can be measured by their students coming back to replace them," Klopping said. "As a CSD graduate, Sean Virnig's appointment verifies that we have done our job."
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