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Longtime Central Coast education leader to retire

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The superintendent of one of the largest school districts on the Central and South Coasts has announced retirement plans.

Stepping down in December as head of one of the region's largest school districts.

The superintendent of one of the largest school districts on the Central and South Coasts has announced he plans to retire.

Luke Ontiveros has headed the Santa Maria-Bonita School District for the last five years.

He’s been an educator for his entire career, working as a teacher and administrator for different districts before taking over the help of the Santa Maria district in 2016. It was coming home for Ontiveros, because he grew up in the Santa Maria Valley.

Trustees are planning to appoint an interim superintendent while they conduct a search for a permanent replacement for Ontiveros. He’s stepping down at the end of the year. The district has 17 campuses, and nearly 17,000 students.