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Tahoe/Truckee school district tabs new superintendent

Courtesy imageRobert Leri

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Robert Leri will be the next superintendent and chief learning officer of the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, officials announced Friday.

The TTUSD Board of Trustees are expected to make the appointment official at its meeting next Wednesday, via an official vote, according to a press release from Switchback Public Relations + Marketing.

and#8220;I’m honored to have been chosen to lead the district,and#8221; Leri said in a statement. and#8220;I’m looking forward to living in a community similar to the one where I grew up in the foothills of central California.and#8221;

Currently, Leri is deputy superintendent of educational services at Arcadia Unified School District, where he’s been since 1996, formerly serving as director of assessment, technology and information services, as well as a principal and classroom teacher. Leri holds a doctorate in education from the University of LaVerne.

Arcadia is a high-achieving district, according to the press release, with an Academic Performance Index of 925 in 2010-11, putting it in the top 5 percent of California school districts.

and#8220;Dr. Leri has a record of focusing on student achievement and making all decisions based on what is best for students in the school district,and#8221; said Kim Szczurek, TTUSD board president, in a statement. and#8220;We were also impressed with his ability to maintain a very collaborative and positive relationship with the community and with all three of the Arcadia Unified School District employee groups.and#8221;

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Leri will begin his new role April 1. Until then, he will spend and#8220;significant time in our community and District while he completes his contractual commitment to the Arcadia Unified School District,and#8221; according to the press release.

In all, 50 people applied for the Truckee/Tahoe job that will be vacated March 1, 2012, by current leader Steve Jennings. According to the school district, Leri was selected after private interviews with nine final candidates.

While the interviews were private, board members were able to gather input from the community and district staff during a pair of workshops and on online survey this past summer, according to previous reports.

and#8220;Qualities such as and#8216;a good boss and person,’ and#8216;someone who can get things done and drives improvement,’ and and#8216;bi-lingual or culturally sensitive’ were traits that rose to the top,and#8221; Szczurek said. and#8220;We also heard the message that the community wants someone who is in it for the long haul. When the board researched Dr. Leri’s history, it was clear that he matched each of these descriptors.and#8221;

Community members looking to give input regarding the appointment can do so at Wednesday’s board meeting, the public portion of which begins at 5:30 p.m., at the TTUSD board room in the district offices at 11603 Donner Pass Road in Truckee. The meeting will also be streamed live online at http://www.ttctv.org.