New Superintendent Announcement, July 26, 2019

  • SARATOGA UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT ANNOUNCES HIRING OF
     KENNETH GEISICK AS NEW SUPERINTENDENT

     

    Saratoga, CA. July 26, 2019 — The Saratoga Union School District Board of Trustees voted at a regular board meeting last night to name Dr. Kenneth Geisick as its new superintendent, effective September 3, 2019. Dr. Geisick has most recently served as the Superintendent of Schools in the Orland Joint Unified School District in Orland, CA. 

    150 “I am honored to be selected by the Board of Trustees to lead the outstanding Saratoga Union School District as the new superintendent,” Geisick said. “The district has a long tradition of excellence in providing students with an exceptional education and I look forward to building on the district’s strong foundation and many accomplishments.”

    “Coming to Saratoga will be something of a homecoming for me,” Geisick added. “I grew up in the area and attended nearby Union School District and Campbell Union High School District. And, my mother actually attended Saratoga Elementary School some years ago.”

    Prior to his tenure as superintendent at Orland, Geisick held positions as Chief Educational Services Officer for THINK Together, an academically oriented after-school learning program that serves over 100,000 children each year; as Superintendent of Schools in Riverbank Unified School District; and as a high school and middle school principal. Geisick began his career in education as a classroom teacher at Andrew Hill High School in San Jose, teaching social studies, English language development, and journalism. In 2006, Geisick earned a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Administration and School Leadership from University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA.

    Geisick succeeds Nancy Johnson who is retiring after four years as SUSD Superintendent and 30 total years as an educator in the Bay Area.

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    For more information, please contact Board President Cynthia Miller at cmiller@saratogausd.org.

Superintendent Search Timeline

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    Search Related Documents:

    Superintendent Search Calendar/Timeline 
    Community Input Report 
    Desired Characteristics for the Superintendent of Schools

     

    Search Timeline:


    May 28, 2019

    During a public Special Board Meeting, the board met with executive search consultants Diane Siri and Julie Haff to discuss the process and proposed timelines for the superintendent search.  At this meeting, the board formally voted to retain Siri and Haff's services.


    June 3, 2019

    The Board met in a public Special Board Meeting with consultants Siri and Haff to continue to discuss the superintendent search process details and timeline.


    June 3, 2019

    Executive search consultants Siri and Haff met with board members, staff, and parent members one-on-one to discuss the strengths of the district, challenges, and desired characteristics in a superintendent.


    June 4, 2019

    Executive search consultants Siri and Haff continued to meet with staff and community members one-on-one to discuss the strengths of the district, challenges, and desired characteristics in a superintendent.


    June 12, 2019

    Staff and Community Forums:
    All three forums were held in the District Office Large Conference Room.  Executive search consultants Siri and Haff were on hand to lead discussions and compile comments.

    • 3:00 p.m. - Saratoga Classified Association Members
    • 3:45 p.m. - Saratoga Teachers Association Members
    • 5:30 p.m. - Saratoga Parent & Community Members  - Mandarin translation was available (本会议提供中文翻译服务).

    June 13, 2019

    Search consultants Siri and Haff met with the Board in a public Regular Board Meeting to discuss the Leadership Profile for the district developed from staff and community input.


    June 20, 2019

    First application deadline.  Applications will still be accepted until the position is filled


    June 21 & 22, 2019

    Top candidates will be interviewed by search consultants Siri and Haff.


    June 27, 2019

    The Board met in Closed Session during a Regular Board Meeting with executive search consultants Siri and Haff to identify a slate of semifinalists, plan initial interviews and develop questions.


    June 30, 2019

    The Board met in Closed Session during a Special Board Meeting to interview selected candidates for the position of District Superintendent.


    July 1, 2019

    The Board met in Closed Session during a Special Board Meeting to interview selected candidates for the position of District Superintendent and debrief with executive search consultants Siri and Haff.


    July 10, 2019

    The Board met in Closed Session during a Special Board Meeting to interview finalist candidates for the position of District Superintendent and debrief with executive search consultants Siri and Haff.


    July 25, 2019

    The Board will meet during a Regular Board Meeting and are expected to ratify the new superintendent's contract and introduce the new superintendent to staff and community.

     

    This webpage will be updated as more information becomes available