The Governing Board of the Lakeport Unified School District is seeking as its next Superintendent an experienced, visionary, educational leader with superior interpersonal and communication skills who will demonstrate an open, collaborative, inclusive management style.
The successful candidate will be someone experienced in elementary, middle and high school education and operations, and will lead the district to the next level of achievement, while embracing and supporting all that has been done. The new superintendent will be highly visible and active in the schools as well as visible and involved in the community, and will have the desire and ability to foster strong, cooperative relationships with all stakeholders. The person selected for this position will be someone of the highest integrity who will continue to build on a culture of trust, respect, and success.
The City of Lakeport is located about 100 miles north of San Francisco on California’s largest natural lake and has an estimated population of 5,100.
Lake County boasts the cleanest air in California and is home to multiple state parks. The economy is based on a wide diversity of agriculture including pears, walnuts and wine grapes. The town of Lakeport offers affordable housing, a beautiful environment, charming atmosphere and has a low crime rate. It is a great place to raise a family.
The oldest incorporated community in the county, and the county seat, the city is the regional center of commerce and government. With excellent schools, a community college, many award winning wineries, mild climate and plenty of outdoor recreation, Lakeport is a great place to live, work and play.
Lakeport Unified School District is comprised of Lakeport Elementary School (grades TK-3); Terrace Middle School (grades 4-8); Clear Lake High School (grades 9-12); Natural Continuation High School (grades 10- 12); Lakeport Community Day School (grades 6-10); and Lakeport Alternative School (grades K-12). All of the schools have the advantage of being grouped together with the district office on forty-five acres at the north end of town.
LUSD has an excellent program supporting all students. The student population is 32% Hispanic, 48% Caucasian, and a few small percentages of other ethnicities. Approximately 58% of the students in the district are socio-economically disadvantaged. There are 101 certificated employees and 87 classified employees.
In addition to the superintendent, there is a Superintendent’s Secretary, Chief Business Official, Payroll Specialist, Fiscal Services Assistant, Director of Food and Nutrition Services, and Director of Maintenance, Operations and Transportation, Director of Special Education and Director of Technology at the district level.
Lakeport Unified School District is committed to providing high quality educational opportunities for all students. The graduates leave Clear Lake High School college and career ready. The school has outstanding Advanced Placement classes as well as a number of dual enrollment courses. CLHS offers a number of athletic opportunities for students and it boasts award-winning concert and jazz bands. Students are actively involved in ASB and the numerous clubs on campus.
In addition to meeting student academic needs, there is a strong emphasis on supporting the whole child in LUSD. To assist with the social/emotional needs of students, the elementary and middle school each employ one full-time counselor and the high school maintains 1.5 counselor positions. The alternative schools share a .5 counselor position. The district has both a school nurse and a part-time licensed vocational nurse on campus. The student and family advocate provides support as well.
Lakeport Unified School District has a long history of financial solvency. Revenues are projected to be approximately $14 million for the current fiscal year. The district has maintained a 5% Reserve for Economic Uncertainties and has undesignated funds to provide further financial well being. The new Superintendent will need to work closely with the Board and the professionals in the Business Office to ensure District reserves are maintained.
The District benefits from a long history of outstanding support from it’s parents and the broader community. The District maintains a strong partnership with Mendocino Community College. The Lakeport Enhanced Education Foundation, CLHS Sports Foundation and school Parent Teacher Organizations provide additional funding to support student academics, athletics and enrichment programs. The local Rotary Club of Lakeport, Lions Club, and Kiwanis Club all dedicate both time and resources to school programs.
Lakeport Unified School District is the heart of the Lakeport Community.
Any questions about the position or the application procedure should be directed solely to the consultant for the Superintendent Search:
All applications must be submitted on EDJOIN at edjoin.org (search Lakeport Unified School District Superintendent starting February 16, 2021). Only well written applications with all required attachments will be considered. Applications with comments such as “see resume” or ones that are mailed or faxed will not be considered.
Complete applications must be submitted at edjoin.org by 4:00 pm on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. The EDJOIN application requires:
Uploading a brief letter indicating the qualifications and experiences you have had that will serve the Lakeport Unified School District
Uploading a current resume
Uploading at least three (3) current letters of recommendation from individuals who attest to your abilities to lead in a district like the Lakeport Unified School District
Responding to a series of prompts on the application itself
The Board will make a selection of the Superintendent based on qualifications, references, interviews and recommendations from the Search Committee. The Search Committee is made up of members from the certified staff, classified staff, parents and administration.
The Board and Search Committee will interview and rank candidates in April. The Board will then interview finalists for the position.
Significant reference checking will be conducted involving references provided by the candidate. All candidates may be asked for additional references.
SALARY AND CONTRACT TERMS
The District is prepared to offer a multi-year contract with a competitive salary and benefit package, depending on the qualifications and experience of the top candidate. The current benefit package including a health and welfare cap of $14,500, is the same as other administrators in the district. The Board will consider relocation expenses.
Prior to contract approval in April for a July 1 start, the top candidate may be asked to provide proof of citizenship and certified copies of documents substantiating academic coursework and degrees.
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Any attempt to contact Board or Search Committee members or employees of the LUSD about the position will disqualify candidates from being considered. All inquiries should be directed to Dr. C. Richard Smith, [email protected], (707) 533-9230.
Lakeport Unified School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The following criteria will be used to assist with the screening process.
Experience as a Superintendent or Principal is preferred
Teaching experience in the K - 12 grades
Experience as a school administrator in the K – 12 grades
Administrative experience in a small school district
Knowledge and experience with capital improvement projects and local bond initiatives
Record of success working collaboratively with principals, faculty, and staff to increase the academic achievement of all students
History of ability to work well with a variety of individuals and groups (school board, teachers, other school employees, students, parents, community members, etc.)
Understanding of, and experience with the latest advances in technology to optimize 21st Century teaching and learning, particularly as it is affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Experience with budget and school finance
Record of success with local employee contract negotiations
Experience with strategic and visionary long-range planning
Demonstrated ability to foster and maintain a climate of trust and transparency
A leader who is active and visible in the district and the community
A visionary leader who understands and supports the climate and culture in a small school district and community
An honest, ethical leader who consistently demonstrates the highest levels of integrity
Someone who consistently works well with a variety of individuals and groups (school board, principals, teachers, students, other school employees, parents, community members, etc.)
A good listener who genuinely listens to, respects, and considers the input and perspectives of others
A transparent leader who will foster and maintain a climate of trust
A leader who is an excellent communicator both verbally and in writing
A leader who knows and uses excellent conflict management skills
A leader who will have longevity in the District
Ideally the new superintendent will live within the boundaries of the district
Additional Salary Information: The District is prepared to offer a multi-year contract with a competitive salary and benefit package, depending on the qualifications and experience of the top candidate. The current benefit package including a health and welfare cap of $14,500, is the same as other administrators in the district. The Board will consider relocation expenses.
About Lakeport Unified School District
Lakeport Unified School District is comprised of Lakeport Elementary School (grades K-3); Terrace Middle School (grades 4-8); Clear Lake High School (grades 9-12); Natural Continuation High School (grades 10- 12); Lakeport Community Day School (grades 6-10); and Lakeport Alternative School (grades K-12). All of the schools have the advantage of being grouped together with the district office on forty-five acres at the north end of town.