Hiring is the Most Important Thing We Do

Hiring is the Most Important Thing We Do

Teacher reading to young students
"You can pay someone to do a job, but you can’t pay them to care."
Janet Young, Ed.D.
Superintendent 2011 - 2017

A Clovis Unified leader hires the people who meet the needs of the school site or department, then is held accountable for that hire.

Our Values in Practice

Teaching talking to student.
  • You are who you hire
  • We look for people a cut above the average
  • We hire role models reflective of our student community

In Doc's Words

Students working on glass board with teacher and admin looking on
"If you want to develop winners, you need to surround our kids with winners."
Doc Buchanan

“What have you heard about Clovis Unified?”

That was a favorite interview question of one long-time district administrator. In response, he’d often hear comments about how much was expected of employees and students, how high standards were set, and about the push for excellence that was ingrained in the organization. “Hmm,” he’d reply, “well, that’s all true! Do you still want to work here?”  
In Clovis Unified, we want people who don’t just have “jobs,” but who have “responsibilities.” If you hire self-disciplined employees, you won’t have to spend a lot of time on discipline. Great leaders never compromise during the hiring process. They are rigorous and thorough because, as much as a leader interviews someone for skill set and attitude, potential employees should weigh whether their personal wants and needs are a good match for the culture of the organization. In his book, Good to Great, author Jim Collins rightly says successful organizations with strong core values will expel like a virus anyone who doesn’t share those values, or the person will be so uncomfortable in the organization, that the individual will self-eject. You can’t pay someone to care, and yet it’s the level of care that makes the difference between good and great. We intentionally look for people who care.

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

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Clovis East Area Schools

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Educational Services Area Schools

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