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Rescue Union School District

Appointment of New Superintendent

DATE:   May 26, 2017
FROM:  Nancy Brownell, President - Board of Trustees
RE:  Appointment of New Superintendent
The Rescue Union School District Board of Trustees has appointed the district’s next superintendent: Mrs. Cheryl Olson, current superintendent of the San Bruno Park School District and a veteran educator with 30 years of experience supporting student achievement.
The Board approved a three-year contract with Mrs. Olson, who will take office July 1. Current superintendent David Swart, who announced his retirement earlier this year, will remain at the helm until June 30.
“I am deeply honored and excited to begin a new journey with you in Rescue. I want to continue the path of excellence in the district, to accomplish great things with and for our students. I look forward to working collaboratively with the Board, employees, students, parents, and the community to lead the District to continued student success and achievement,” said Mrs. Olson.
The Board of Trustees made its decision with input gathered from all key stakeholders in the District regarding the desired qualities of the next Superintendent. Jacki Horejs and Diane Siri, from the search firm Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates (HYA), assisted the Board in the search. Based on the feedback received from parents, staff, students and community members, the Board was looking for a collaborative leader with a record of success as both an elementary teacher and administrator, and who is committed to the District’s mission, vision, core values and the Rescue community. 
HYA completed interviews and focus groups with 168 individuals and received information from approximately 500 on-line surveys to develop the Leadership Profile Report for the Board. An extremely strong pool of 40 interested educators submitted applications, including 9 superintendents, 4 superintendent/principals, and 16 assistant superintendents and/or district directors. 
“The Board is thrilled to welcome Cheryl as our District’s next superintendent,” said Board President Nancy Brownell. “She understands the goals and needs of our District, and her extensive K-8 teaching and administrative experience will contribute to our future success on behalf of our students. We are excited that Cheryl will be joining us.” 
An educator for over 30 years with most of those years spent in school administration, Cheryl Olson has also been an adjunct professor at several colleges, teaching other teachers to become successful administrators. She has taught grades three through eight over her tenure in teaching, was a principal of K-5 and 6-8 schools, and assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction for many years before becoming a superintendent in San Mateo County. Cheryl has a passion for learning herself, as well as for supporting others in their growth and achievement.  Cheryl’s husband is a high school special education teacher and coaches track and cross-country.  Their daughter is a science and weight training coach at an IB high school in Colorado, and a cross-country and track, and fitness coach for every team in the school.  Education has always been important and valued in their family. 
Cheryl is a champion for ALL students, and believes in helping teachers and administrators meet the needs of diverse learners.  She thrives on being visible in the schools; and, importantly, values opportunities to better connect with the Rescue community to share accomplishments of the schools, and to be a strong, positive force in the lives of Rescue Union School District youth. She is extremely excited to join the team in Rescue, to continue the path of excellence in the District!
Mrs. Olson grew up in a small town in Washington, and has missed the farming community, and greatly appreciates the small-town, close-knit community feel of Rescue, as well as the near-by amenities it offers.  She enjoys running on her down time, and being involved in community events, initiatives, and projects.  She looks forward to meeting the families who entrust their children to the District as well as community members and all staff.
Cheryl Olson, Superintendent