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The Orinda Union School District is seeking applicants to serve on its Parcel Tax Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee. Currently there are two openings: one two-year term and one four-year term. The committee meets twice annually during normal business hours. The primary objective and purpose of this committee is to ensure that the parcel tax proceeds are spent for their authorized purpose and to report annually to the Board of Trustees and the public regarding the expenditure of such funds.

If you are interested in serving on the committee, please submit an application to the Superintendent's Office, Orinda Union School District, 8 Altarinda Road, Orinda, CA 94563, via email to kfrenklach@orinda.k12.ca.us, or by fax to (925) 254-5261. Committee members will be approved by the Board of Trustees at the March 14, 2016 meeting.  Applicants will be notified of the final decisions by mail.


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Application deadline is Friday, March 4, 2016, at Noon 


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I wish to thank the Orinda school community for your warm welcome and enthusiastic response to my pending appointment as the Interim Superintendent for our district.  It has been an honor to work with many of you over the past four years in many facets of our curriculum and instructional programs. I now look forward to an even broader landscape of opportunity to serve and support the other important areas for our district, our schools, and the greater Orinda community.


While we are all embarking on the exciting transition toward welcoming a new superintendent, I will continue to guide our education-focused community into the future. We will strive for continuing excellence in our curriculum and programs for students, high quality professional development for teachers, strategic planning for the future of our facilities, and address our technology needs while being mindful of our expenditures and fiscal resources. 


I will work diligently each day to strengthen our relationships and ensure that our ongoing efforts for collaboration flourish in an atmosphere of respect, innovation, and creativity.


At the core of all that we do, I will continuously ask the same question at the onset, “What will be best for Orinda students?”


This simple question, and the answer, is essentially informed by our Mission:


Building on a tradition of educational excellence and strong community support, we will inspire and challenge each student through strong academics and continuously improving programs that will develop the character and abilities needed to shape an ever changing world.


I will pay close attention to the needs of our school communities and the goals that our Board, staff, teachers, parents and community envision for our schools. I will communicate these aspirations to the new incoming Superintendent.


I offer sincere appreciation to our Board of Trustees for their vote of confidence and the trust they have placed in me. I offer my heartfelt thanks to our leadership team, our teachers, our district and site support staff, and our community partners.


To the students, teachers, staff, and families of Del Rey, Glorietta, Sleepy Hollow, Wagner Ranch, and Orinda Intermediate School - you inspire me each and every day.  Each one of our schools is a dynamic and progressive learning community. We will continue our journey on the road to excellence by bringing out the best in each other and ourselves. 


I am honored, and humbled, to continue in this leadership role as your Interim Superintendent.



Kathy Marshall
Interim Superintendent
Orinda Union School District


“ A great preparation for tomorrow is the best use of today.”


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The Orinda School Board is pleased to announce the selection of Kathy Marshall as Interim Superintendent, pending the successful negotiation of an employment agreement and Board approval of the agreement at its next regularly scheduled meeting on February 8, 2016. Ms. Marshall will serve as Interim Superintendent following the retirement of Dr. Joe Jaconette on January 31, 2016, and will continue in that role until the District’s incoming Superintendent joins the District.


Ms. Marshall is currently the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the Orinda Union School District, and has served in that role since 2011. Prior to joining the Orinda School District, Ms. Marshall had a long and distinguished career as an educator. She spent fifteen years as a teacher before moving into a number of administrative positions, including elementary school principal, district GATE coordinator, categorical program director, county special education program manager, GATE coordinator on special assignment for the CA Department of Education and, more recently, Executive Director of K-12 Curriculum and Instruction for the Novato Unified School District.


Ms. Marshall has a Master’s Degree in Education Administration, a Multiple Subjects Credential, a Designated Subjects Credential, and an Administrative Credential. She received her certification from the Association of California School Administrators (“ACSA”) Superintendents Academy in 2010.


When considering options for the transition, the Board recognized the remarkable talent and experience on the District’s leadership team. Ms. Marshall is highly respected throughout the community as an accomplished educational leader. Her appointment as Interim Superintendent will ensure the District maintains momentum on its goals and conducts business consistent with its mission. “Kathy Marshall’s experience, positive influence and leadership will be crucial in maintaining consistency and continuity in the school district during this transition period,” said Board President Julie Rossiter.


Ms. Marshall will also continue in her role as Director of Curriculum and Instruction during the Interim Superintendent period. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to support the Orinda School District during this transition period, and I am confident we will continue on a path of excellence,” Ms. Marshall stated. Please join us in welcoming Ms. Marshall in this new role.


The Board of Trustees is pleased to report that its search for the next Superintendent of the Orinda Union School District has reached the final stages – on schedule and with a sense of excitement. The Board hopes to introduce a new Superintendent to the community on February 8, 2016 at the next regularly scheduled board meeting.


The process of selecting the next Superintendent was truly a community effort. It began last fall when the Board selected the search firm Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates to conduct the superintendent search. Based on community input received through numerous stakeholder input meetings, a community forum and an online survey, the Board of Trustees accepted a Leadership Profile Report identifying the desired qualities of a new superintendent. The Board of Trustees is grateful to the over 400 parents, teachers, administrators, staff, students and community members who contributed their ideas and opinions during the search process. This input was invaluable for the Board in the process of selecting the next Superintendent. The Leadership Profile Report served as a guide for the Board in the next steps of the search.


The Board then began the confidential phase of the search, receiving a wide range of highly qualified candidates for review. After a thorough screening process, the Board interviewed five candidates during the first week of January. Three finalists were then brought back for additional interviews. The Board selected a final candidate on Saturday, January 16th. The selection remains confidential as the Board conducts the final phases of the reference-checking process and pending negotiations of an employment agreement. We ask everyone to please respect the confidentiality of this final phase.


This is a time of exciting change and transition for our District. At our January 11th board meeting, we held a reception honoring our outgoing Superintendent, Dr. Joe Jaconette, who will be retiring at the end of this month after serving our District for eight years. We have identified interim leadership for the transition, and we will introduce our new Superintendent in the near future. Please expect more announcements in the days ahead.


We are happy to report that the Orinda School Board’s search for the next Superintendent for our District is proceeding on schedule. Advertising and recruiting for the position have been conducted, and we are entering the next phase of our search process: the interviews.


At a Special Board Meeting on Tuesday, December 15, 2015, the Board met with Bill Levinson and Barbara Young from our search firm, Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates.  The first part of the meeting was an open session, during which HYA reviewed all aspects of the first and second interview processes and discussed the remaining steps in the search.


The second part of the meeting was a closed session to review the questions for the first interview and to present the slate of recommended candidates to the Board.  We are pleased to report that 35 completed applications were submitted by candidates.  After reviewing and analyzing the applications, HYA conducted screening interviews with 11 of those applicants.  Based on those interviews, HYA narrowed down the list and presented us detailed briefs on the slate of candidates they identified as most qualified for the position.


The Board’s first round of interviews with the finalists is scheduled to take place January 7-9, 2016. Second interviews will take place January 13-16.  Please refer to the Superintendent Search Calendar for more details. The Board is very excited to begin this phase of the search, and is extremely appreciative of the support of our community as we move along in this process.


In conjunction with our search for a new Superintendent, the Board at its December 14th regular board meeting approved by a 4-1 vote the Seventh Addendum to the Superintendent's Employment Contract. The Seventh Addendum restructured Dr. Jaconette's contract to clarify his compensation.  This restructuring gives the Board more opportunities in its negotiations with a new Superintendent.


Under Dr. Jaconette's employment contract, which was entered into with the District in 2007, he was provided a base salary amount and an additional amount of salary in lieu of health benefits. The language in his contract providing this additional amount specifically states that it is included “as salary.”


By restructuring the Superintendent’s contract, the Board is not increasing Dr. Jaconette's salary.  Dr. Jaconette has always received his base salary plus the additional salary amount. The restructure merely reflects the fact that the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) recently changed some of it rules, and allows the District to honor the terms of its agreement with Dr. Jaconette.


This year, CalSTRS changed its definition of "creditable compensation,”  which is the phrase used to indicate compensation used in a retiree’s benefit calculation.  From 2015 forward, certain benefits, such as cash received in lieu of health and welfare benefits, are no longer included as “creditable compensation” when calculating CalSTRS retiree benefits. However, in making this rule change, CalSTRS gave school districts a one-year window to restructure their employment contracts to reflect the value of this previously-included benefit in their employees' base salary.  Since Dr. Jaconette’s contract specifically provides for this additional amount of salary, the Board approved a restructured contract that reflected this contract language.


Please continue to watch for updates and to check on the Superintendent Search page on the OUSD website for more information as we proceed with our Superintendent search process. Thank you to all who have participated in this important process.


The last two weeks have been active and productive ones for both the Board and its search firm, Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates, in the superintendent search process.  On October 26, 27 & 28, HYA partners Bill Levinson and Barbara Young conducted interviews and hosted over forty meetings with various school and community groups exploring four key issues: (1) identifying the district's strengths, (2) pinpointing the challenges the new superintendent will face, (3) determining the desired qualities of a new superintendent, and (4) identifying possible candidates.  In all, 128 individuals participated in those interviews and meetings. In addition, the online survey was highly successful, with 452 responses.


Thank you to all who participated in the interviews, meetings and survey.  The Board greatly appreciates your input and the thoughtfulness of your responses.


A detailed analysis of the interview and survey results, and the resulting profile of the District’s model superintendent candidate, can be found in the Leadership Profile Report from HYA, which was presented to the Board at its November 9, 2015 meeting.


Now that the Leadership Profile is complete, advertising and recruiting for the position will continue to be conducted by HYA.  Bill Levinson and Barbara Young will conduct screening interviews with those candidates identified as the best fit for our community on December 1 & 7.  At a special board meeting on Tuesday, December 15, 2015, HYA will present the slate of candidates to the Board.  The Board anticipates that first interviews with the finalists will take place on January 8 & 9, 2016, and that second interviews will take place on January 13, 14 & 15.  Please refer to the Superintendent Search Calendar for more details.


Please continue to watch for updates and to check on the Superintendent Search page on the OUSD website for more information as we proceed with this critical choice for our school district and our community.  Again, thank you to all who have participated in this important process.