OAKHURST — The Bass Lake Joint Union Elementary School District Board of Trustees is delighted to announce that a finalist for the position of District Superintendent has been identified and final negotiations for a contract are in progress.
It is anticipated that ratification of the appointment of Randy Seals as the district’s next superintendent will occur on June 21, 2017, at a regular meeting of the Board of Education. Currently, Randy Seals is the Principal at Yosemite High School in the Yosemite Unified School District.
A lifelong resident of Madera County, Seals says he is excited about the opportunity to continue the excellence that has become the norm working with the students and staff of the district.
“I am honored that the Board of Trustees has selected me to be superintendent,” says Seals. “I am especially proud to be part of the Bass Lake Joint Union Elementary School District, a district that has maintained a high quality of education for all students. When I became principal of Yosemite High School four years ago, I quickly recognized that many of our highest achieving students and greatest student leaders on campus were from the Bass Lake schools originally. I’m beyond excited to serve our community’s children, their families, our incredible staff members, and the Board of Trustees as superintendent.”
The Board of Trustees made its decision with input gathered from key stakeholder groups in the district regarding the qualities desired in the next district leader. Sally Frazier, consultant from the firm of Leadership Associates, assisted the Board in its search.
“Based on the feedback received from our parents, staff, and community members, we were looking for someone who is a collaborative, energetic leader who values our accomplishments and wants to continue our efforts to provide the quality education our students deserve and our families expect. We wanted someone who is familiar with and committed to the students, families, staff and community of the Bass Lake Joint Union Elementary School District. After a rigorous screening and interview process, Randy was chosen as the best fit.”
Seals began his career in education in the Chowchilla Elementary School District as a teacher at Wilson Middle School. He later served in the Chowchilla High School District in a number of positions during a span of two decades including classroom teacher (English, economics, American government, physical education, and reading), department chairperson (social sciences and mathematics), head football and baseball coach, athletic director, categorical programs director, and assistant principal of curriculum & instruction, among many other roles. Four years ago, Seals was hired as Principal of Yosemite High School. Seals is proud of his many years of service in small school settings.
“I take great pride in my experience working in small schools and small school districts,” says Seals. “Magic happens in small schools. Students who attend small schools are provided so many wonderful opportunities. The culture is supported by incredible parent and community involvement, a virtual safety net surrounding our children and those who serve their educational needs. As a result, small school students thrive and receive amazing educational opportunities and experiences.
“I look forward to working with Bass Lake Joint Union Elementary School District students, their families, our staff, and the community as we strive to provide high levels of instruction where each child can learn and achieve his or her fullest potential.”
A search for a new principal for Yosemite High School is underway.