OUSD hires from within
By Jesse Phelps
At a special meeting Monday evening,
the Ojai Unified School District unanimously approved the appointment
of Dr. Tim Baird as the district's new superintendent, effective
Baird will replace Dr. Van Riley, who is leaving the district
after two-and-a-half years to take the helm of the Huntington
Beach Union High School District. Baird has been the district's
assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction since
he was hired by the district in August 2001.
"Dr. Baird has the exemplary leadership and people skills
to lead the OUSD through these difficult times," said Tim
Peddicord, the board's president. "I am so pleased that
we can move forward with stability and continuity under Tim's
leadership. The board unanimously supported this action, knowing
that Tim will do an outstanding job as our new superintendent."
Another special board meeting was scheduled Monday for May 20
to put together a contract.
Baird said the district, faced with declining enrollment and
budgets, has tough decisions to make. "Those are our two
biggest issues," he said. "There are tough times ahead,
but the fact that we have such a great people (employed by the
district), I know we'll get through this."
Another issue will be "looking at new organization. I'm
not envisioning two assistant superintendents," he said.
Baird and Jim Berube are both assistant superintendents, though
Berube was going to return next fall to his former post as principal
of Matilija Junior High School, while retaining some of his duties
as the district's finance and building chief.
Baird said it was likely that Berube would remain at the district
level, and that the district would seek a new principal for Matilija.
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