Dear Livermore Community:
I am honored to be your Superintendent of Schools. As a 15-year resident of Livermore, spouse and proud parent of graduates from the Livermore schools, I am thrilled to extend my public service in this leadership role.
I do not take my new charge lightly and it is with “eyes wide open” that I accept this critical leadership role in these times of economic crisis and increased public accountability. I am 100% invested in this community and our District and am determined to lead us to even greater heights.
As a proud product of public education, I have never wavered in my staunch belief in education for all students as the great equalizer and the key to a stable and viable future. After ten years of working in multiple capacities, sites and levels in the LVJUSD, I know our strengths, yet am acutely aware of our weaknesses and am fully prepared to tackle them with the help and support of our dedicated Board, leadership team and staff.
Over the years, I have worked side by side with personnel at all levels, (service workers, classified, certificated, and administrative staff alike) and I look forward to strengthening our working relationships and keeping communication lines open. I have had the privilege of working closely with coalitions of parents, community leaders, local industry, service groups, institutions of higher education, and the Livermore Valley Education Foundation to directly benefit our students, and I will continue to build and extend those valuable partnerships.
I embrace the prospect of having an even greater impact on the educational improvement efforts that are already under way and also moving our District in exciting, new directions. I will call on myself and others to continue to step up and put our students and their needs first. There is power in unity, and it is more important than ever that we remain united in our focus and commitment to our students and their future.
As a result of the current State-wide fiscal crisis, we face unprecedented challenges yet I am confident, that by working together, we will overcome them. We now have a unique window of opportunity to reprioritize, streamline and make operations more efficient, strategically restructure, rebuild, band together as a local community, and redefine the way “we do business” in schools. We do not have to let others define us; we can redefine ourselves, and in doing so, ensure our District and schools remain safe, vibrant and welcoming and our instructional offerings are relevant, engaging and rigorous.
The LVJUSD has a solid reputation with a supportive community and an increasingly diverse constituency. Even while we are being forced, along with most California public school districts, to scale back, we simply cannot sacrifice quality education for the 12,500 + students entrusted to us or renege on our commitment to prepare all students for college and/or careers in a competitive global society.
In spite of the budget constraints, this is not the time to become discouraged or disheartened. This is the time:
- to thoughtfully reinvest diminishing resources in our students and teachers, classrooms and principals;
- to use assessment for learning;
- to monitor for results and use data to inform all decisions
- to successfully manage strategic, systemic change
- to refocus and reallocate funds to ensure all students achieve at all schools;
- to promote extensive community outreach and ramp up efforts to garner local support;
- to revamp the shattered image of public education in the face of competition and detractors;
- to procure resources and grant funding and seek innovative ways to enhance education;
- to network with our legislators, community agencies and industry to benefit our schools;
- to build upon our past successes and initiatives and continue moving boldly into the forefront.
We must be proactive, not merely reactive in the face of obstacles. We must continue to push ourselves, and move forward on behalf of our students. This is the direction we will take, and we simply cannot waver from our true purpose, of ensuring that “each student will graduate with the skills needed to contribute and thrive in a changing world.”
Our District has a solid foundation in place and can continue to accelerate on a path to ever-increasing educational excellence. Looking ahead, I have every confidence that with responsive and progressive leadership, we will maintain sound and conservative fiscal practices, inspire each other, leverage support, and continue to cultivate positive management/labor relations.
Over the next few months, I will be working closely with the LVJUSD Board of Trustees and in tandem with our senior management, site principals, bargaining unit leaders, teachers and classified staff to ensure a seamless leadership transition.
I am 100% committed to working collaboratively with all stakeholders. I welcome your input, ideas and support and plan to meet with staff and parents at each school site, as well as with individual community members and organizations.
Please feel free to contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you and working with you on behalf of our students and the Livermore community we call home.
Superintendent of Schools
Kelly Bowers Awarded Superintendent of the Year
Kelly Bowers, Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District Superintendent of Schools, has been awarded Superintendent of the Year by the California School Administrators (ACSA), Region 6, which includes Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. The Association of California School Administrators was established in 1971, and is the largest umbrella organization for school leaders in the nation, serving more than 16,000 school leaders. ACSA is a group committed to supporting California's educational leaders. One of ACSA's priorities is to ensure that school leaders are recognized for their excellence. Recipients of the award must be active ACSA members who show strong support for the school management team; exceptional leadership in managing school programs; commitment to educational quality and student achievement; commitment to professional growth; and creativity and innovation in dealing with issues and problems facing public education. Through their annual awards program, administrators and community members are awarded for their achievements and their dedication to public education.
A product of Bay Area public schools, Bowers has nearly 24 years of experience in K-12 education and has served LVJUSD in the capacity of teacher, parent volunteer, Grant Writer and Teacher on Special Assignment, Elementary Summer School Principal, Middle School Principal, Director of Curriculum and Special Projects and Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services. Ms. Bowers was appointed Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) Superintendent of Schools in May of 2010 after having served the District for 11 years. Bowers graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from UC Berkeley, holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and currently is approaching the end of her UC Berkeley Leadership for Educational Equity doctorate program.
Inform, Include, Inspire, and Innovate; these are the ideals Bowers holds for LVJUSD, with an emphasis on demonstrating to the District and community that “we are thriving not just surviving”. Bowers’ goal to build stronger ties within the District and community is the direct result of her tireless efforts to reach out and connect with all constituents through quarterly newsletters, The Grapevine weekly updates, website alerts, and the Annual District Kick-Off, to name a few. She has immersed herself in becoming a collaborative member of the business community and organizations, forming partnerships and support for the District. Her leadership has earned her the respect of all stakeholders. Her passion to see all students succeed has inspired those whom she leads. “It has really been a pleasure to work with Superintendent Bowers. She has a fantastic vision of what the education programs of our District need to become. She is superb at getting the teachers, staff, and the School Board to work toward the vision of meeting the needs of all students to prepare them for success when they graduate from the Livermore School District. I am very pleased that she has received this recognition of her leadership by the ACSA,” says Board President Bill Dunlop.