Douglas school board honors outgoing superintendent |

Douglas school board honors outgoing superintendent

Jack Barnwell
Douglas County School District board member Cynthia Trigg presents outgoing Superintendent Lisa Noonan with flowers during the July 14 board meeting in Stateline, Nev. Noonan leaves after five years of at the school district and 32 years in the education field.
Jack Barnwell / Tahoe Daily Tribune |

In humorous fashion, the Douglas County School District Board of Trustees “expelled” its outgoing superintendent Lisa Noonan after what they deemed five years of excellent service at its meeting on Tuesday night.

Board president Ross Chichester conducted the ceremony in the form of an expulsion hearing, noting that Noonan has done much in the service of the Douglas County School District, including millions in grant-funding for programs such as its Striving Reader grant and kick-starting the district integration of Common Core teaching standards and science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs into the schools’ curriculum.

Board vice president Cynthia Trigg credited Noonan with a mindset that graduation starts at kindergarten.

“You understood that so well,” Trigg said.

Boardmember Thomas Moore said Noonan’s tenure as superintendent went far beyond policy and ensuring a successful school district that some top graduation rates in the state of Nevada to communication with boardmembers on various issues.

“When you came on, this board was divided,” Moore said. “You helped heal this board and interacted on an individual level without taking direction from the boardmembers individually.”

Noonan retires in August as Teri White takes over as superintendent. White was appointed in May from her position as director of human resources.

Noonan said that the board selected a great replacement to help lead the district.

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