After a nearly 40-year tenure in Clovis Unified, Superintendent Dr. Janet Young announces retirement, effective June 30, 2017.

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Today, Superintendent Janet Young, Ed.D. announced her retirement from the Clovis Unified School District, effective at the conclusion of her current contract, June 30, 2017. Accompanied by Governing Board President Sandra Budd, during a news conference this afternoon, Young expressed her admiration for and confidence in the District’s educational team to carry on the strong core values and high standards that have long characterized the Clovis Unified School District.

“While I absolutely love this District and its people, after a tremendous amount of thought and self-reflection, I have determined it is time to draw closure to my career with the Clovis Unified School District after 38+ years of service,” said Young.

Young was hired in 1979 by the District’s founding Superintendent, Dr. Floyd B. “Doc” Buchanan, whose mentoring influenced her thoughtful and visionary leadership style. During her tenure with Clovis Unified, and before her appointment to Superintendent in 2011, Young held positions that included:

  • 1st Grade Teacher at Tarpey Elementary School and Nelson Elementary School
  • Resource Teacher at Miramonte Elementary School
  • Learning Director at Clovis West High School and Kastner Intermediate School
  • Principal at Fort Washington Elementary School
  • Director of School and Community Relations
  • Director, Assistant Superintendent, and Associate Superintendent of Human Resources

Notable during her tenure as Superintendent, Clovis Unified experienced:

  • Increased academic achievement
  • Increased graduation rates
  • Reduced drop-out rates
  • Enrollment growth of more than 4,000
  • Modernization of all schools
  • Increased resources and support for students and families
  • Strong fiscal management/oversight
  • Successful navigation of California’s conversion to a new school funding formula, new academic standards, and new computer-based assessments 
  • Positive employee relations
  • Numerous state and national awards recognizing academic, visual and performing arts, and athletic success (including National Blue Ribbon Schools, California Gold Ribbon Schools, National Schools to Watch, and Bonner Character in Education awards)

Following Young’s announcement, President Sandra Budd stated, “I and each of my six fellow board members are deeply saddened by Dr. Young’s decision to retire at the end of her contract this year. She is an exemplary leader and superintendent, with a huge heart and detailed prescription for excellence that is truly second to none. Dr. Young is an inspiration and incredible role model to our employees and all who know her. She is one of the most hard working, focused individuals I know and will leave her successor with very large shoes to fill.” Budd thanked Dr. Young for her 38+ years of service to the district and its 42,000+ students and wished her all the best in her upcoming retirement.

According to Budd, the Governing Board’s selection process for the next Superintendent of the Clovis Unified School District will begin as soon as possible. Efforts are underway to put a thorough process in place to identify the new superintendent before the end of the current school year, allowing for a seamless transition for the upcoming school year.

President Budd noted the Governing Board is looking forward to receiving input from employees, parents and community members to assist the Board in identifying the right candidate who possesses the characteristics and drive deemed necessary for the next superintendent of the 16th largest school district in California, as well as someone who will lead and benefit this outstanding school district with the utmost respect for Clovis Unified’s values, unique culture and history of excellence.

The process is expected to conclude, and a new superintendent to be identified, before the end of the current school year, allowing for a seamless transition before the upcoming school year.

Learn more about the application process.