Scoop: County Schools Superintendent Hermansen to retire on August 1

1965083_10151946023042373_1736872933_nI received this letter this afternoon from County Superintendent of Schools Holly Hermansen. It was included in the school board packet. At the meeting next week, the board will be discussing a process for making an appointment:

“January 13, 2017

“President Meek and Members of the Board,

“I am writing to inform you of my intention to retire effective August 1, 2017.

“After over 30 years in education, I am very appreciative and reflective of the last 10 years that I have spent as Nevada County Superintendent of Schools. They have undoubtedly been some of the most fulfilling years of my career.

“There are many accomplishments that I am particularly proud of. Providing excellent programs that directly serve students has been my greatest joy. Our programs that serve special education, preschool and at-risk students are effective, high quality programs that change the lives of students and families. I started my career teaching in a juvenile hall, working in a preschool, and teaching students with disabilities, so these programs have been very close to my heart. County offices are tasked with providing programs and services for those students who most need them and our office can be proud of the work that we do in this area. Implementing intervention programs and services through our federal Safe Schools / Healthy Students grant has had a powerful impact on all our schools. We have implemented anti-bullying and social skills programs throughout the county, helping to keep our schools safe, which creates healthy learning environments. Years after our federal grant ended, we have worked very hard and have been able to sustain our highly effective school-based Family Resource Centers that provide significant resources and services for families. Our office has helped local school districts and charter schools navigate significant and unprecedented educational changes, including a new funding model, new state standards, a new state testing system and a complicated new state accountability system.

“Several exceptional programs have recently been implemented, including our Adventures in Learning summer school program, Teacher Educator Grants, a highly successful countywide professional development day that improves teacher effectiveness, and the innovative community-wide STEAM Expo that serves to expose our students to opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. Improving school safety and culture has been a priority. When I first came into this position, one of my goals was to create community partnerships. Those successful partnerships have been instrumental in creating successful programs.

“None of this would have been remotely possible without our unbelievably dedicated and professional staff. I can’t even begin to say how much happens behind the scenes to make all that I mentioned above possible. Every amazing employee in our organization contributes to making an impact on the lives of our students. Throughout my years at NCSOS, I have strived to make sure that every single member of our staff knows they impact the lives of our students.

“I am very aware I leave NCSOS in good hands. We have talented and dedicated staff, and an intelligent and thoughtful board. I believe there will be a seamless transition and our service to schools and students will continue. I am completely fulfilled by my work in education and ready to move on to whatever adventure comes next.

“In appreciation,

“Holly Hermansen
“Nevada County Superintendent of Schools”

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

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