Stockton Unified’s new superintendent, Michelle Rodriguez, is hosting a meet and great Thursday for the district’s Spanish speakers. This will be the second community introduction event Rodriguez has participated in since being hired earlier this month.

Rodriguez will officially step into her new roll at the beginning of the new school year, which starts July 1. SUSD is Stockton’s largest school district, serving about 36,000 students.

About 29% of Stocktonians speak Spanish at home, according to U.S. Census data. The California Department of Education also reports that about 8,500 of the district’s nearly 10,000 English learning students are Spanish speakers.

“I want our Spanish Speaking families to know how important they are to us and how we value the entire community,” Rodriguez said in a district press release. Rodriguez will also be giving a presentation in Spanish, district officials said.

The event starts at 5:30 p.m. at the SUSD Boardroom on South Lincoln Street near the downtown waterfront.

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