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Lyman Gilmore principal named

Lyman Gilmore School has a new principal, the superintendent for the Grass Valley School District said Thursday.

Stephanie Urbani, currently principal at Fort Bragg Middle School in Fort Bragg, has been an educator for 25 years.

The Grass Valley trustees, who made the final selection last week, are expected to formally ratify Urbani’s appointment Tuesday.



If approved, Urbani will succeed Lance Hanson, who is about to take a principal’s job at an international school in Seoul, Korea.

Urbani would start her job on July 1. The salary range is $72,462 to $81,319 a year.




“We are very excited to have been able to hire a principal with such a strong reputation for leadership and expertise at the middle school level since 1999,” said Superintendent Jon Byerrum. “Her current school is very similar to Lyman Gilmore in terms of size and configuration.”

Urbani was selected from a field of 20 applicants, Byerrum said recently.

Urbani said she has been through Grass Valley on numerous occasions to visit a uncle and a cousin who live in Lake Wildwood.

“It’s a community with personality,” she said of Grass Valley, adding that she wants to live in an area where people discuss their schools at the grocery store.

She decided to move in part because she wants to be closer to her family, including her two children who attend California State University, Chico, she said.

She also wants the opportunity to grow professionally, she said, and she likes the Grass Valley School District’s curriculum.

Fort Bragg Middle School has about 500 students enrolled in the sixth through eighth grades. Lyman Gilmore has about 700.

Urbani is expected to visit Lyman Gilmore later this month, Byerrum said.

Urbani’s hobbies include running and quilting. She is also a Fort Bragg Rotary member.


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