School district selects an interim superintendent |

School district selects an interim superintendent

William Ferchland

A former El Dorado County school chief has accepted an interim superintendent position in Lake Tahoe Unified School District.

Lorraine Garcy was interviewed for several hours in closed session by the district’s school board during a Tuesday meeting, board president Wendy David said.

Garcy, who was superintendent of Rescue Unified School District from 1990 to 1999, was recommended by Vicki Barber, superintendent of El Dorado County schools.

“I thought she would be a superb fit and she has the kind of expertise and calm style in working through issues,” Barber said.

The board voted 3-0 to award her the position. Members Barbara Bannar and Doug Forte were absent.

The board will meet Aug. 10 and likely approve a contract for Garcy after it is negotiated, said Human Resource Director Beth Delacour. Then it will be ready for Garcy to sign.

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Delacour said Garcy would be retained for at least six months while the district looks for a permanent replacement for Diane Scheerhorn, who accepted a job in Southern California.

Scheerhorn’s last day with the district is Sept. 2.

The 57-year-old is no stranger to Lake Tahoe. Garcy said she has property in the area and knows the issues of the cash-strapped district which closed two elementary schools and cutback staff.

“It’s going on throughout the state. South Lake Tahoe isn’t very unusual right now,” Garcy said. “Even though the things they’ve had to do is hard, they’ve done the things they’ve needed to do to get the district on the right track.”

David said Garcy would be brought on board before Sept. 7’s start of school.

“She impressed us with her expertise working as a superintendent,” David said.

Superintendent has been in Garcy’s title since 1985 when she was assistant superintendent at Hollister School District. Five years later she was the top administrator at Rescue. From 1999 to 2003 she was superintendent of Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District. Last year she worked for Association of California School Administrators.

Suzanne King, Rescue’s superintendent, was hired by Garcy. King had many praises for her former boss.

“She was my mentor and she is a wonderful, very experienced superintendent, well liked by everyone,” King said. “I think she’ll be a real asset to Tahoe.”

David said the job wasn’t filled internally because of the ripple effect it would cause in reshuffling positions and duties.

“It’s not beneficial to kids to be moving many positions this close to the beginning of school,” David said.

David stated it was a priority that the board moved quickly to fill Scheerhorn’s position, at least on an interim basis, before school started.

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