The Twin Hills Union School District Board of Trustees is seeking a superintendent who will provide leadership to ensure that all of the district’s students receive an exemplary and well-rounded educational experience in the environment that best matches their needs. The new superintendent will be an experienced instructional leader who has proven management skills and expertise serving as a team-builder and consensus leader. The successful candidate will have the ability to:
Be an active, visible leader who values interactions with students, staff, and the community
Collaborate with staff from all school sites to unify goals across the district
Maintain the fiscal stability of the district and secure new grant resources
Apply creative ideas and innovative thinking to enhance academic programs, maintain enrichment activities, and encourage enrollment
Ensure that the district stays current with today’s educational technology
Provide leadership to integrate best practices, data-driven decision making, and 21st century skills into all of the district’s programs
Support the development of the district’s charter programs
Twin Hills Union is a four-school district in western Sonoma County. It has two traditional academic schools: Apple Blossom and Twin Hills Middle. These schools offer strong academics in supported environments supplemented by enrichment programs. Orchard View is a K-12 independent study charter school that provides students and families with curriculum support, supplemental academics, and arts programs. SunRidge School is a K-8 Waldorf-inspired charter school.
Exemplary academic instruction coupled with small class sizes have led to these results. Students also benefit from an abundance of enrichment programs.
All teachers are highly qualified and there is a high degree of collegiality among administrators, teachers, and classified staff.
For all Twin Hills Union employees, the focus is students and how to ensure their success. As a result of recent enrollment growth, new teachers have been hired, programs added or expanded, and campuses maintained in an exemplary fashion. The district has a solar project to reduce its carbon footprint while saving on electrical costs.
Apple Blossom School
The staff at Apple Blossom believe that nothing prepares children for life better than an early love of learning. The K-5 school offers a warm, nurturing, and engaging academic curriculum and constantly expanding enrichment programs, from music and art classes to piano and Spanish. Parents actively support the school’s programs.
Twin Hills School
Twin Hills Middle School is committed to excellence. Its mission is to provide all students in grades 6-8 with an education that is academically challenging in an atmosphere of mutual caring and respect. The school endeavors to give its students the foundation for a life of continuous learning, while preparing them to be contributing citizens.
Orchard View School
This K-12 independent study charter school was established in 2000. Utilizing a non-traditional learning environment, Orchard View treats each student as a person with unique needs, skills, goals, and interests. Supervising teachers design individualized lesson plans and work with parents and students to develop and monitor the academic program. On-campus K-8 enrichment classes and high school academic classes are available.
This school uses a Waldorf curriculum and serves over 200 students in grades K-8. The faculty is supported by an involved parent body and a collaborative model of governance. Class sizes are small and the curriculum is enriched with art, instrumental music, choir, movement, games, foreign language, gardening, and more.
The Community Twin Hills Union is one of 40 school districts in Sonoma County, located north of San Francisco. The county is known for the scenic beauty of its vineyards, redwood forests, rolling hills, coastal cliffs, and beaches. A majority of the county’s approximately 500,000 residents live in seven incorporated cities along the Highway 101 corridor. Sebastopol, home to Twin Hills Union, is in the rural, western part of the county, halfway between the region’s largest city (Santa Rosa) and the Pacific Ocean - both 20-minute drives away. Sebastopol has a small-town charm and is known for its liberal politics and history as an apple-growing region. In recent years, most of the orchards have been turned into vineyards. The city hosts the annual Apple Blossom Festival and Gravenstein Apple Fair, which are popular Sebastopol traditions.
Summary of Qualifications for the Position Twin Hills Union School District seeks a superintendent who:
Has strong knowledge of Special Education
Is strongly focused on students and their achievement
Communicates effectively, listens, and values input from staff and the community
Is an experienced administrator with proven fiscal and management skills
Has experience with state programs, bond issues, and facility management
Is knowledgeable about human resources issues and collective bargaining
Is collaborative with staff groups
Has experience with advocacy and political processes with districts
Has knowledge of the requirements and process related to school reopening
Will be active in the community and make a multi-year commitment to the district
Recognizes the strengths of the district and can further its excellence
Selection Process, Timeline, and Compensation The selection process will begin immediately following the March 26, 2021 application deadline. All applications will be screened by a panel of educators, who will evaluate each applicant’s qualifications based on the job description for the position. First interviews will be conducted for applicants who best meet stated qualifications. Twin Hill Union School District’s Board of Trustees will interview the top three finalists. The successful candidate will begin district employment on July 1, 2021.
The Board of Trustees is offering a competitive salary based on qualifications and experience, and a benefits package. The Board intends to negotiate a contract.
Board of Trustees
Terry Beck, President | Michael Ost, Clerk | John Moise | Michael Fanning | Melissa Bechtel
About Sonoma County Office of Education
The mission of the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE) is to foster student success through service to students, schools, and the community.
SCOE is a partner to the county’s 40 districts, providing services and oversight that help them serve roughly 71,000 students. SCOE does not have or create policies directing district behavior. Each district sets its own policies. Here are some of the key programs SCOE offers:
Service and support to help districts meet legal mandates, operate cost-effectively, and raise student achievement.
Fiscal oversight to districts.
Schools and services for special education and alternative education students who are not enrolled at district sites.
College and Career Readiness Services helps districts prepare their students for college and career.
Professional development for teachers and administrators.
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