Interim schools chief ready for work
August 30, 2004
Lorraine Garcy has not spent her first week as interim superintendent decorating her office.
The walls are bare while Garcy, the temporary head of Lake Tahoe Unified School District, has busied herself in meetings to introduce herself to co-workers and gauge district issues such as a second parcel-tax election.
“All the hard decisions have been made,” she said in the office vacated by Diane Scheerhorn, who left for a Southern California superintendent position. “I get to take the district’s worries and hopefully move (the district) to the next level.”
Garcy’s seven-month contract officially begins Friday, a day after Scheerhorn is officially released. Scheerhorn took vacation time so Garcy could acclimate to the district, said Human Resource Director Beth Delacour.
Monday was a busy day for the interim superintendent. Garcy, 57, had lunch with a handful of community leaders, including City Manager David Jinkens and Lake Tahoe Community College President Guy Lease. She solicited their opinions on why a parcel tax election failed in April.
She knows she might be asked to lead the district in another election to finance the return of programs and staff cuts from dwindling enrollment and state fiscal problems.
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Garcy told the board she would stay on board if the election was past the seven-month contract.
Monday afternoon was spent with high school athletes for a photo-op, a newspaper reporter, district employees and school board member Madeline Fernald.
“I think she’s great,” Fernald said.
Although she doesn’t ski, Garcy has enough on her plate to keep her busy.
After being superintendent of Rescue and Livermore school districts, Garcy spent the past year with the Association of California School Administrators. There she managed the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and worked with superintendents around the state.
She has also co-authored a book, “Eight at the Top: A View Inside Public Education,” and is working on a second.
With an electronic organizer and a work ethic that brings her to the office before 8 a.m., Garcy said she’s not respecting the “interim” in her title.
“The board didn’t hire me to take up a chair,” she said.
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