AN INVITATION TO APPLY
The Board of Education seeks a long-term relationship with an exceptional and collegial educational leader who can maintain and build on the District’s strengths and potential as their
The Los Nietos School District has served students longer than any other school district in California. Chartered on August 12, 1861, the school District serves a portion of the Whittier City community. The district has a dedicated employee base with many of the staff members themselves former students. It is the dedicated staff that ensures every student is provided a quality education and is a reason parents keep students in their home district. Teachers and classified staff are supported by a committed and responsive administrative team who are recognized for their immediate response to concerns and issues as they arise and for providing needed resources. By working together, the district has created a family-oriented environment and an institution organization that the community has come to depend upon.
Board members are engaged as policy makers and firmly believe that the district’s family and community focus is the result of working together in times of need. Despite the fiscal challenges presented over the years, the district has demonstrated fiscal prudency and was able to modernize all its schools.
The Los Nietos Community is nestled in West Whittier, California. The community is growing and has increased by 25% over the last four years. Currently 87% of the population are of Hispanic ethnicity. The district has also developed strong ties to local businesses and community organizations. Two large companies engage in a partnership to support school programs and students. There is a mutually beneficial partnership with the Boys and Girls Club, Rio Hondo College, the Los Nietos Library, and the Los Nietos Community Center. The district has a seamless partnership with the Whittier Union High School District where its students matriculate after completing eighth grade.
Los Nietos School District has three elementary schools and one middle school. The four schools enrolled 1191 students in the 2020/2021 school year. The district’s income/revenue is based on its Average Daily Attendance (ADA). The budget for the 2020/2021 fiscal year totaled $24,196,748.00. Of that money, unrestricted general use accounted for $16,560,323.00, restricted funds totaled $7,636,425.00. In that year, the per student allocation was $16,808.00. The district per student average was 112% of the state-wide average $14,998.00 per student.
Of the students who were enrolled in the district, 96% were of Hispanic ethnicity and the 4% were White, Black, and Asian students. Special Education students comprised 16% of the population, 84.6% qualified for free and reduced lunch, and English Learners comprised 23.4% of the student body.
The Los Nietos School District values building its community through education to ensure students are prepared academically and socially for future success.
The Los Nietos School District’s learning community provides:
Engaging educational opportunities and
Equitable resources so that all students experience
Excellence in learning every day!
We believe that given appropriate and targeted instruction, support, and resources, all students will be successful.
We believe respectful communication and collaboration among our learning community is essential to the success of all students.
We believe that financial decisions should be based on sound financial planning for today and tomorrow.
We believe in providing a safe, nurturing, and academically productive environment.
The District priorities are reflected in the District’s LCAP and aligned with those established by the State of California.
The Los Nietos School District has received numerous recognitions for gains made in raising student achievement and for employing some of the top leaders in the Southern California Area. Three of its four schools, Ada S. Nelson Elementary, Rancho Santa Gertrude Elementary, and Los Nietos Middle School have earned Distinguished Schools Status. Los Nietos Middle School Principal Shannon Brann-Zelaya was
named Woman of the Year by State Senator Bob Archuleta and Assemblyperson Ian Calderon in 2020. In 2021, Aeolian teacher, Hanh Bui, was recognized by Assemblyperson Lisa Calderon as Woman of the Year.
Board members, parents, certificated and classified staff, and community members participated in a process to identify the strengths and needs/critical issues of the Los Nietos School District and the characteristics desired in their new Superintendent. An extensive number of stakeholders participated in this process through meetings and online survey. The Board of Education prioritized those elements as follows:
Strengths of the District
where students are challenged and supported in the classroom
Greatest Needs/Critical Issues Facing the District
Desired Characteristics of the New Superintendent
A leader who:
of Special Education requirements, laws, and instructional programs
The Selection and Application Process
Dr. Hasmik Danielian and Dr. Frederick Navarro of The Cosca Group (TCG) have been retained by the Los Nietos School District Board of Education for the search, recruitment, screening, and selection process for the new Superintendent of Schools.
Interested applicants must submit all the following to be received by The Cosca Group on or before on September 23, 2022:
Candidates should not contact members of the Los Nietos School District Board of Education. During the screening process, reference checks will be made with those familiar with candidates’ professional performance. Board members will visit the district and community of the final candidate.
Please complete the application and submit all required documents online
All materials must be received by the deadline of 4:00 p.m., September 23, 2022.
The successful candidate will be offered a multi-year contract with a competitive and negotiable salary based on qualifications and experience.
For additional information, please contact:
Dr. Hasmik Danielian (818)641-8989
Dr. Frederick Navarro (562) 896-0221
Send to completed application and documents to