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Dr. Tom McCoy named interim superintendent

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The Oxnard Union School District Board of Trustees Wednesday announced they have hired Dr. Tom McCoy as the Interim Superintendent of OUHSD. He takes over from Dr. Penelope DeLeon who is leaving to become superintendent of the Glendora Unified School District.

Dr. McCoy has been the Assistant Superintendent Education Services at OUHSD since 2015. 

“I am thrilled to serve our communities in Oxnard Union as Interim Superintendent and to lead a Team of educators who have kids at the heart of their work,” said McCoy.

Board of Trustees Chair Karen Sher announced the unanimous vote and praised McCoy’s “heart for kids.” She thanked him for his “willingness to lead during this very important time.” She noted McCoy’s ability to unite hundreds of OUHSD faculty, staff and parents in contributing to the creation of the return-to-school program. “That speaks not just to his willingness to lead, but his ability to lead.” 

Beginning his career in education in 1993 as a Teacher and Coach at Montgomery High School in the Sweetwater Union High School District, McCoy later became an assistant principal and then principal at Hueneme High School in the OUHSD from 1998 until 2005. McCoy also held high school principal positions in the Poway Unified School District and Escondido Union High School District. He additionally served as the Director of Student Achievement and School Support at the Ventura County Office of Education prior to returning to Oxnard Union in 2015. 

McCoy earned his bachelor’s degree in history at UCLA and earned his master’s in education at the University of San Diego and a Doctor of Education degree from UCLA in 2002. 

He takes over the largest high school district in Ventura County with approximately 17,000 students, and more than 1300 Faculty and Staff. 

The one-year contract is to be formally approved at the next board meeting. 

Immediately after the announcement at Wednesday’s board meeting, McCoy presented the return-to-school plan that OUHSD has been developing with the input from more than 300 Faculty and Staff as well as community input. The plan includes a variety of choices between at-home and distance-learning for students and an improved workload for students and teachers through a quarter system. 

“These are challenging times and we are embracing the work ahead of us. The Faculty and Staff of Oxnard Union High School District are committed to the success of our students, their families, and our communities. Together we will see it through.”

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