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New chief signs on to head schools

Andrew Cristancho
Sierra Sun

The board of trustees has selected a new superintendent to lead the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, according to district press release Friday evening.

Steve Jennings, superintendent of schools for the Paradise Unified School District, was picked from a field of 16 applicants, according to comments from Trustee Bill Kraus and the news release issued late Friday.

Paradise, Calif. is close to the city of Chico, and about 100 miles northeast of Sacramento.

Jennings will begin his new job overseeing Truckee, Donner Summit and North Tahoe schools at the end of March, according to the release.

The Paradise district faced many of the same challenges local schools are confronting, the board of trustees said.

“During his tenure, he faced the challenges of significant declining enrollment and decreasing fiscal resources while still maintaining high academic test scores [within the Paradise district],” district officials said in a press release.

Declining enrollment has caused the Tahoe Truckee district to convene restructuring and reconfiguration meetings and workshops to address the issue.

The trustees met Friday to officially hire Jennings.

Jo Lynn Wilson, superintendent of personnel, has served as interim superintendent since July 2007. The district’s former superintendent, Dennis Williams, resigned suddenly after returning from a successful quadruple bypass heart surgery.

Jennings holds his undergraduate and masters degree in education, has eight years of classroom experience, and has served for several years in administrative posts in Montana and California.

Jennings said in the release that he would base his success in his new job on working closely with teachers, administrators and parents, while focusing on “high academic achievement.” He said he would be a “frequent visitor to all school sites” and plans on developing “close personal relationships with staff members.”

“I feel it is critical for a superintendent to be a strong contributor to the community as a whole,” said Jennings in the release.

The school board was clearly impressed with Jenning’s history of success in education.

“Steve is very committed to students,” said board member Bev Ducey. “He holds himself and others accountable for their success.”

The Cosca Group, an executive search firm based in Fairfield Calif., aided the trustees in the search.

Visit http://www.ttusd.org and click on the “News and Events” link to read the official press release about Jennings’ hire.