Tonight, LVUSD’s Board of Education voted 5-0 to approve the contract for the new Superintendent. Current Deputy Superintendent Dr. Dan Stepenosky will start officially in his new position beginning August 1, 2012 and expiring July 31, 2015.

In a few comments, Dr. Stepenosky was clear that he intends to have a “laser focus on learning and collaboration.” Over the next few weeks, Dr. Zimring and Dr. Stepenosky will be working on a transition plan.

Additional Information

In December, Dr. Stepenosky was promoted from Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources to Deputy Superintendent for six years as part of LVUSD’s District staff leadership. Previously, Dr. Stepenosky was principal at Beverly Hills High School, an advanced physics teachers, and in the Navy. Dr. Stepenosky and his family are ten year residents of the District.

Cindy Iser, Board presidents, commented that the board did not conduct a national nor regional search. The Board says that it values promoting from within especially when it believes that it has “the right person” internally. Furthermore, there was the additional benefit of cost savings in not doing a search.

The Board thanked Dr. Zimring for “grooming him” for the position on behalf of the District. The Board continued that it thanked Dr. Stepenosky for “stepping up to take the position, and his continued leadership” and that they’ve “been impressed by his talents.”

Dr. Zimring gave Dr. Stepenosky his “heartfelt support” giving specifically credit towards building a team, a track record of eclipsing learning curves, and an active participant in LVUSD’s cabinet (staff leadership).

The employment contract for Dr. Donald Zimring, the District’s current Superintendent, expires on August 2, 2012. Dr. Zimring, as written previously, has accepted a position as the new Head of School at Brandeis Hillel Day School, based in Marin and San Francisco.

T.H.E. Video

In addition, T.H.E. (Together Helping Education for Las Virgenes Schools) has released a two minute video for people to “learn about our idea”. The video is now available online at and T.H.E. is working with local cities and media outlets to show the video.