School Board extends superintendent contract for additional four years
VCPUSD Board unanimously approved a four year extension of Dr. Lou Obermeyer's contract as district superintendent during a Jan. 16 meeting. Photo by Zach Williams / Valley Roadrunner
January 23, 2014The Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District unanimously voted on Jan. 16 to extend for four years the contract of current superintendent Dr. Lou Oberymeyer.
The board also recognized Jessica Loya, an eighth grader at Valley Center Middle School, who won a national bilingual writing competition — the second time the district has fielded a winning contestant. A brief presentation from a state auditor meanwhile reported the district financial books were in order to an extent reached by less than 10 percent of California schools.
Controversy has not entirely eluded the district with the implementation of the national Common Core curriculum and a lawsuit with a local group of citizens concerning the future of the former site of a Civilian Conservation Corps camp.
However, there were no debates, tight votes nor problems displayed last Thursday night. The short meeting adjourned without fanfare in the library of Valley Center High School.
Rose Flowers, principal of Lilac School, said the superintendent builds "bridges" among her colleagues in a constructive manner lacking in other districts.
"She knows every teachers name; she knows every staff member's name. She cares ... It's about relationships," said Flowers of Obermeyer, a recipient of the 2011 School Administrator of the Year award from the California Association of School Superintendents.
Obermeyer expressed gratitude to her staff and the local community after the meeting. The approval of a second extension on her contact reflected the confidence which the board has in the direction she leads local schools, she said.
"It's a wonderful, wonderful place to be and I just appreciate working with such great (people)," She said. "It's nice to know that the work that we do, they want us to continue to move forward on.
She said she was optimistic that local school would continue efforts to modernize classrooms while a slow economic recovery keeps money tight in the state budget.
"We have managed to weather the financial situation rather well. We kept all of our programs in place for our students and we are very proud of that," Obermeyer told the Valley Roadrunner.