Bryan Ballenger, Ballico-Cressey School District superintendent, has been named the top superintendent of a small school district in California for 2015.
Ballenger, 39, received the honor during the annual conference of the Small School Districts Association in Sacramento on March 11-13. He was nominated for the honor by the staff of the rural district, which serves about 350 kindergarten through eighth-grade students at two campuses in northern Merced County.
“I am humbled and very overwhelmed,” Ballenger said. “The support staff all signed the nomination letter. It means a lot to me.”
The superintendent came to Ballico-Cressey more than four years ago. He oversaw Ballico School’s shift to take-home computers for every seventh- and eighth-grader in the fall of 2012. Cressey School’s younger students also got devices, and the district is entering its third year without paper textbooks, using all digital materials.
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Before taking the Ballico-Cressey post, Ballenger was principal of Bellevue Elementary School in Atwater for two years. He earned a special-education instruction credential in 2000.