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Orinda Union School District Announces New Superintendent of Schools Appointment
Posted 7/12/21

PRESS RELEASE

Orinda, CA, July 9, 2021

The Board of Trustees is extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Aida Glimme as the next Superintendent of the Orinda Union School District. Ms. Glimme currently serves as the Associate Superintendent of Educational Services for Acalanes Union High School District. Pending approval of the Superintendent Contract at the Board’s regularly scheduled July 19, 2021 meeting, Ms. Glimme will begin serving as Superintendent on August 9, 2021. She will succeed Dr. Carolyn Seaton, who is retiring after five years of outstanding service as the District’s Superintendent.

The process of selecting the next Superintendent for the Orinda Union School District was a comprehensive community effort, facilitated by our Search Consultants at Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates. The Board is grateful to everyone who participated in the search process by contributing their ideas, thoughts, and opinions. All of the input was critical in helping guide the Board in making this appointment.

The community feedback indicated that the next Superintendent of the Orinda Union School District must be a strong communicator and collaborator who will inspire confidence in parents, staff, and the broader community, while remaining truly student-centered from both an academic and social emotional perspective. The community input also established the importance of selecting a Superintendent who recruits and retains talented staff, understands and utilizes technology effectively, and has budget-related financial acumen. The community also prioritized further work by the next Superintendent on the implementation of policies and practices focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

The Board unanimously concluded that the clear choice for Orinda at this moment of generational change is Aida Glimme. "The Board’s process in selecting Orinda Union School District’s next Superintendent was thorough and inclusive, and we were able to leverage technology to connect with a broad range of stakeholders in our community to gather feedback," said Board President Liz Daoust. "Aida Glimme’s strong, thoughtful, and visionary leadership, in addition to her commitment to equity were impressive,
and she will bring a breadth of knowledge and experience to our District.”

Ms. Glimme is extremely qualified to successfully lead Orinda Union School District as our Superintendent.  She has extensive experience and knowledge related to teacher mentorship, curriculum development, equity, change management, and positive school cultures.  Furthermore, she is an honest, collaborative, and transparent leader who will make herself present and available in our community.  Her deep dedication to students, teachers, and parents was extremely evident throughout the interview process, and the Board is confident that her transformative energy, clear vision, and unparalleled commitment will benefit our District in both the short and long term.

Ms. Glimme immigrated to the United States in 1992 from Bosnia as a civil war refugee. She went through high school as an English Language Learner, which continues to shape her views on equity and educational programs. During Ms. Glimme’s twenty-two years working in public education, she has served as a Principal, Assistant Principal, Science teacher, and coach. She has been recognized by the Association of California School Administrators as the Administrator of the Year for Curriculum and Instruction. Ms. Glimme received a B.S. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Chapman University. She resides locally with her husband, who is an elementary school teacher, and her 2nd grade daughter.

Ms. Glimme stated, “I am honored and thrilled to serve as the new Orinda Union School District Superintendent. I am eager to continue working with the community that I know, a community that is highly committed to excellence in education, high academic achievement, and supporting students. I look forward to working with you, the Orinda students, staff, and parents in my new role, as I learn from you about the District and share my experiences so that we can grow together.”

Please join us in warmly welcoming Aida Glimme to the Orinda Union School District community.  

 

 

About the Orinda Union School District
Orinda Union School District is one of the highest performing school districts in the State of California. Orinda USD serves approximately 2,500 students from transitional kindergarten to eighth grade at five school campuses— four elementary schools and one middle school.  Three Orinda USD schools were recently recognized as California Distinguished Schools: Del Rey Elementary (2018), Wagner Ranch Elementary (2018), and Glorietta Elementary (2018).  In 2015, Orinda Intermediate School was honored as a California Gold Ribbon School, and Del Rey Elementary School was named a National Blue Ribbon School.  All five Orinda USD schools were honored by the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence as California Honor Roll Schools based on student achievement data.  In addition to outstanding students and excellent teachers and staff, Orinda Union School District is extremely fortunate to have a high level of parental involvement in the schools and strong community partnerships as evidenced by the support provided by the Orinda Network for Education (ONE), Parent Clubs, and the City of Orinda.  More information about Orinda USD is available at http://www.orindaschools.org.