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Scheerhorn here to stay

Lake Tahoe Unified School District Superintendent Diane Scheerhorn is here to stay.

Following her first year with the district, the Board of Education completed a formal evaluation of Scheerhorn June 28.

“We’re just very pleased to have Dr. Scheerhorn here,” board President Wendy David said at Tuesday’s board meeting. “We were pleased with her evaluation and pleased to offer her an extended contract.”



Each July the board develops performance goals and objectives based on the needs of the school district. The objectives are informally reviewed by the board in November and March and a formal evaluation takes place in June.

According to David, the board determined Scheerhorn has met or exceeded the standards set for her. The board is working with Scheerhorn on the review and extension of her contract and defining superintendent goals for the next year.



Scheerhorn, who moved to South Shore from Michigan last year, said she enjoyed her first year with Lake Tahoe Unified.

“It’s been an exciting year and also certainly a challenging year, coming into a new district,” she said. “The community has been so welcoming and so have the people within the schools.”

Improving communication between schools and community is one of Scheerhorn’s major goals for next year.

“We’ll be continuing to open the doors to connect the school district with the community, keeping the community informed with a variety of public relations ideas, “Scheerhorn said. “We’re going to continue with round table discussions and Coffee and Conversation with me is getting expanded this year.”

Brochures of “fingertip facts” about the school district will be placed throughout town, as will an overview of board highlights after each meeting. A calendar of school events and informational packets for families will also be available.

Scheerhorn said she looks forward to embarking on a new year with the school district.

“I’m still pleased about being here and look forward to an exciting year next year,” she said. “Also, with the alignment piece we’re working on with total administration, we’re really looking at how well our students are achieving, making sure the dollars we have are really focusing on the schools. Our focus is alignment and providing a quality education for all children.”


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