Travis USD superintendent deals with more issues than the average administrator – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

She bears the standard burdens of most California school district superintendents, then bears some more because Travis Unified, with a sizable population of military dependents, includes three schools on nearby Travis Air Force Base.

For Kate Wren Gavlak, who has served in the top job for 10 years, keeping students “on track to graduate,” she said, is a primary concern, an effort compounded by some 1,800, or more than 30 percent, of 5,500 TUSD students who are, essentially, a transient population because their parents are active-duty or reserve members of the United States Air Force.

“I try to make sure that those students are not penalized for their parent’s military service,” she said during an interview at her De Ronde Drive office in Fairfield, just south of Vacaville and literally a stone’s throw from fenced-off air base property.

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