Autonomy with Responsibility

Autonomy with Responsibility

Student and Firefighter being shown ladder to climb up
Leadership Calls for Action

Large organizations must remain small at heart to thrive. Clovis Unified’s school area concept and site-based management philosophy places great responsibility in the hands of area, site and department leaders to make decisions that meet the unique needs of their students, staffs and families. Leaders close to their communities know what will work well and what won’t, and they are charged with decision-making based on that knowledge.
Doc would advise, when you don’t know what to do, do something – at least you’ll know what to do or what not to do next time! You never gain experience by just sitting there. No one is ever in danger when making forward progress; part of living is failing a little and succeeding a little.
You can’t stay at zero; you have to go plus or minus. Zero is only the fulcrum of the lever, and you can either be on the end, moving the weight, or you are the weight.

Our Values in Practice

Student in scuba gear. building underwater.
  • Take Risks if they will benefit kids. Be supportive through failure. Learn from your mistakes.
  • You have the authority to solve problems at the appropriate level.
  • Own your school or department like it is your home. Own your decisions.
  • Be agile to respond to the new or unknown.

In Doc's Words

Student hitting ball
"That administrator’s reputation is on the line because he or she has recommended you."
Doc Buchanan

Clovis Unified School District: Be the best you can be in mind, body, and spirit

Buchanan Area Schools

Buchanan Alta Sierra Cole Century Dry Creek Garfield Tarpey Woods

Clovis High Area Schools

Clovis High Clark Cedar Wood Clovis Elementary Mickey Cox Gettysburg Jefferson Red Bank Sierra Vista Weldon

Clovis West Area Schools

Clovis West Kastner Ft. Washington Liberty Lincoln Maple Creek Nelson Pinedale Valley Oak

Clovis North Area Schools

Clovis North Bud Rank Copper Hills Fugman Mountain View River View

Clovis East Area Schools

Clovis East Boris Fancher Creek Freedom Miramonte Oraze Temperance Kutner Reagan Elementary Young Elementary

Educational Services Area Schools

CART Gateway Clovis Online School Clovis Community Day School Clovis Adult Education Sierra Outdoor