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Gilroy, CA – The Gilroy Unified School District is pleased to announce that at the January 16, 2020 Board Meeting, the GUSD Board of Education approved the appointment of Mr. Aurelio Rodriguez as the new Emergency Preparedness and School Safety Coordinator.  Mr. Rodriguez was hired to replace Cheryl Galloway, who served the Gilroy Unified School District in the same capacity for over ten years, and left the District in October 2019.

A native of Brooklyn, NY, Aurelio Rodriguez joins the GUSD family with an enormous amount of security experience.  He began his career in the Parks Enforcement Unit in New York City, and eventually landed in San Jose, spending over 27 years as an officer in the San Jose Police Department before retiring.  During his stint with San Jose PD, Aurelio served as a patrol officer and School Resource Officer for the Campbell Union High School District for eight years.  His extensive professional training in law enforcement and service to the San Jose community led him to being the recipient of several letters of commendation and awards, including the Hazardous Duty Award and the American Red Cross Law Enforcement Hero Award.  

Aurelio has established roots in the Gilroy community for the past 16 years, raising his family in Gilroy, and volunteering for and coaching for several non-profit and school athletic organizations.  Aurelio and his wife Lucy are proud to have both of their sons attend Gilroy schools, one an alumnus and the youngest still attending Gilroy High School.  

As the new GUSD Emergency Preparedness and School Safety Coordinator, Aurelio Rodriguez will be responsible for the development and implementation of all GUSD response and crisis management activities; will provide disaster preparedness training to GUSD staff, students and families; liaison with GUSD community partners; and provide operational support of all GUSD facilities rentals.

Aurelio’s first day in his new role with the Gilroy Unified School District was Friday, January 17, 2020.


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