Superintendent returns after illness |

Superintendent returns after illness

Recovering from major heart surgery, Tahoe Truckee Unified Superintendent Dennis Williams has returned to duty.

“He came back on the twenty-ninth,” said Milan Slikkerveer, executive secretary in the superintendent’s office.

On April 16, Williams underwent emergency quadruple bypass surgery at Renown Health Center in Reno.

After returning to the district office, Williams plunged back into a hectic schedule. On Monday, he attended meetings all day and was unavailable for comment.

Jo Lynn Wilson, the district’s assistant superintendent, filled in for Williams since late April.

Wilson, who is also in charge of human resources for the district, performed both jobs for more than 30 days.

Now that has returned, Williams can tackle the priorities he has previously identified, including hiring a staff that reflects the diversity of the student body.

He has lobbied for more teachers who are certified to teach English as a second language.

“Ideally, I would love to recruit ethnicity to mirror the student population,” he said in an earlier interview.

In the month she served as the district’s top educator, Wilson pursued the superintendent’s bilingual goals, making a popular proposal to expand the district’s funding of dual-language immersion program.

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