The Governing Board of Rincon Valley Union 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 current superintendent has accepted an offer to be superintendent in a neighboring school district. An interim superintendent has been hired to serve during the search for the next superintendent.
The successful candidate will be someone experienced in elementary and/or middle school education and operations and will lead the high performing 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 ability to foster strong, cooperative relationships with all stakeholders. The person selected for this position will be someone of the highest integrity who will build and support a culture of trust, respect, and success among the governing board, all staff and their representative associations, the students, and the community. Of utmost importance is that the new superintendent be someone who enjoys getting to know and support all employees in the district, and who plans on remaining in the district for a significant number of years. The selected candidate will be a strong leader who will make and communicate important decisions after soliciting input from all relevant stakeholders.
Rincon Valley is a premier district with 42,000 residents in beautiful Sonoma County. The district makes up one-quarter of Santa Rosa on the east side of the city and includes both small city and rural areas. The surrounding countryside includes vineyard-lined hillsides, the Russian River watershed, and spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean.
This warm and friendly area – a blend of art and culture, food, wine, and recreation – is the perfect location for families. Located 55 miles north of San Francisco, 15 miles west of Napa County, and 30 miles east of the Pacific Ocean, the area is close to many wineries, golf courses, world class performing arts venues, and spas. Additional outdoor activities include fishing and water sports on the Russian River and Lake Sonoma, and access to redwood forests. The area also has wonderful state and local parks with miles of jogging and biking trails. Rincon Valley is about twenty minutes away from Sonoma State University, and close to Santa Rosa Junior College, one of the top ten community colleges in the country.
The raging wildfires in October 2017 in Sonoma County dealt a blow to the district’s employees, families and students. Many homes were lost and some families moved away taking their children with them, which resulted in a decline in enrollment.
Rincon Valley Union School District has an outstanding program supporting all students. The district of approximately 3,200 students operates eight K-6 schools and two 7-8 charter schools, which are located on two school campuses. The eight sites, five of which are charters, are relatively small, with an average enrollment of 375 students. The student population is 58% Caucasian, 27% Hispanic, 5% Asian, 3% African American, and about 1.5% American Indian. There are 243 certificated employees and 270 classified employees.
Families not only initially move to the Rincon Valley Union District to enroll their children, they typically stay for generations. It is common to meet teachers, principals, other school employees, and trustees who went to one of the elementary schools when they were children, and then returned after going to college.
The district has a strong support team, offers full-day kindergarten, has nine full-time music teachers, art and dance docents, and science facilitators at each site. The after-school program includes tutoring, sports, day care, enrichment classes, and summer camp. A strong staff development program, led by an interim Assistant Superintendent, contributes to the excellent quality of teachers and administrators in the district.
The district invests significant resources in the schools that are embracing increasing diversity. Principals and their staffs are very focused and relentless in their mission to minimize any learning gaps that exist. The District feels a moral imperative to do all that is possible to ensure every student reaches his or her maximum potential.
The district is proud of its reputation for being on the cutting-edge. Teachers, principals, and all other district personnel, led by the Assistant Superintendent in charge of curriculum are focused on delivering high quality instruction to continually increase student learning. Curriculum to support standards has been adopted and is being implemented with strong professional development for staff. The district is looking forward to piloting and adopting a new Next Generation Science Standards curriculum in the near future.
The district prides itself in its ability to be creative. The Rincon Valley Charter School is an example. In its fourteenth year of operation, it is near capacity, serving 336 seventh and eighth grade students at two sites. The educational program includes a one-to-one laptop technology with a strong science and project-based learning middle school curriculum.
The district offers a variety of inclusion-focused special education programs. Preschool and Moderate/Severe Level Programs are run through the Rincon Valley Partnership. This Partnership includes six other school districts in the Santa Rosa area. The program serves nearly 200 students with 65 part-and full-time employees.
District revenues exceeded $40 million for FY2018/2019, with an ongoing practice of substantial cash reserves even with a decline in student enrollment. The Deputy Superintendent, Business is exemplary and a strong leader within the district.
The district benefits from a long history of outstanding support from its parents and the broader community, evidenced by successful passage of multiple parcel taxes and bond measures, including solid “yes” votes for music, technology and library services. In June 2014 the district passed its $35-million general obligation bond at 67% to continue updating and modernizing facilities at all schools. A very supportive community renewed a parcel tax in 2016.
This is an amazing opportunity for the right candidate.
Significant successful experience as a teacher in the K – 8 range
Significant successful experience as a principal in the K – 8 range
Successful experience as a superintendent or other district office role would be a plus
Record of success promoting and supporting students’ emotional and social well-being
Significant record of success increasing student achievement and closing achievement gaps, especially with English Learners
Experience/expertise with school district funding models, including the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)
Record of success communicating and collaborating with all stakeholder groups, including use of IBB during contract negotiations
Experience with special education programs would be a plus
Ability to read, write and speak in Spanish would be a plus
Approachable, empathetic leader with outstanding interpersonal skills who values interacting with others
Someone who collaborates well with a variety of individuals and groups (school board, principals, teachers, other school employees, parents, community members, etc.)
A child-focused, thoughtful, decisive leader who seeks input and takes the time necessary to make informed, lasting decisions
A transparent, careful, and thoughtful leader whose decisions and their rationale are clearly communicated to all who are impacted by the decisions
A transparent leader who fosters and maintains a climate of trust and openness with high morale
A leader who listens and is an excellent communicator both verbally and in writing
A visionary and inspirational leader who understands, supports, and continues to develop the climate and culture in the district
An honest, ethical leader who consistently demonstrates the highest levels of integrity
A leader who is invested in the district for a significant number of years
Additional Salary Information: Negotiable depending on qualifications and experience.
About Rincon Valley Union School District
Rincon Valley Union School District is located in beautiful Sonoma County, California. The district is comprised of eight elementary schools with two 7/8 campuses on two of the elementary sites. The district employs approximately 530 staff members.