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Phil Alvarado

Phil Alvarado recently retired as superintendent of the Santa Maria Bonita School District after more than six years in this position and 38 years of service overall. Phil guided the district through some of its most formative and significant years as the student population grew and new local and statewide educational initiatives came into effect. During his tenure as superintendent, a new campus was constructed and a historic bond measure was passed to build an additional school and fund modernization at all 19 of the district's existing schools.

Born and raised in Santa Maria, Phil began working for the Santa Maria-Bonita School District as an instructional aide in 1973. He received his bachelor's degree and teaching credential from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and his master's degree in education from Pepperdine University. Phil began his teaching career at the district in 1977, serving at Oakley, Fairlawn, Robert Bruce and Miller elementary schools.

Phil continued his career with the Santa Maria-Bonita School District, serving as assistant principal at Adam and Miller elementary schools and Fesler junior high school; principal at Fairlawn and Ontiveros elementary schools; director of curriculum and instruction; and assistant superintendent for instructional services. He was named superintendent in 2009. In addition to his work with the district, Phil serves on several nonprofit boards and is involved in organizations including Fighting Back Santa Maria Valley, GenSpan Foundation, and Cruzin' for Life. He also served as a trustee of the Santa Maria Public Library, IEC Computer Connections, Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month Committee and World To You.
North County Headquarters:  (805) 346-6123  |   2625 S. Miller Street, Suite 101, Santa Maria, CA 93455
South County Headquarters:  (805) 963-1873  |  1111 Chapala Street, Suite 200, Santa Barbara, CA 93101