We are pleased to introduce our new superintendent, Mr. Steve Van Zant. Mr. Van Zant was selected from a field of highly qualified candidates in a statewide search. Steve has most recently served as Superintendent in the Mountain Empire Unified School District, east of San Diego. He has also served as Superintendent/Principal in the Dehesa School District. Both districts were highly diverse and successful under Steve’s leadership. He has also been an elementary and middle school principal. In his role as an educational administrator, Steve has overseen and guided collaboration between districts and charter schools; he brings lots of expertise in this area to our district. Mr. Van Zant begins his assignment on August 1st. He will spend the month in transition with Valerie Pitts, who will assist with completing construction and opening the new K-8 school at Bayside/MLK.
We are excited to be able to begin the new school year with optimism and positivity as our leadership team works together with our outstanding staff to ensure the very best educational programs for our district. Mr. Van Zant will work with Mr. Norbutas, our Chief Academic Officer and Principal at MLK/Bayside, and Mr. Royce Conner, the new Head of School at Willow Creek Academy. We look forward to engaging the community as we continue our focus on equity, student achievement and positive learning environments for all students.!