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91社区 Superintendent Announces Retirement

March 29, 2024 - Livermore, CA - After 37 years in education, 30 of which were dedicated to the 91社区 (LVJUSD), Chris Van Schaack, Superintendent of Schools, announced to staff his plan to retire at the end of the 2023-24 school year. “I’ll forever cherish the 30 years I’ve spent working alongside so many amazing educators and simply, good people. They have been a second family for nearly all my adult life,” expressed Van Schaack.

Van Schaack began his career with 91社区in 1994 as a high school teacher and baseball coach and served as an elementary and high school principal and Director of Student Services & Special Education before becoming Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services in 2011 and Deputy Superintendent in 2017. As superintendent, Van Schaack's leadership has been characterized by his unwavering dedication to evidence-based decision making, transparency of student outcomes, innovative approaches to education, and a deep commitment to maintaining a small-town community feel to Livermore schools. Under his guidance, the district has achieved numerous milestones, seen marked academic growth, and expansion of inclusive programs.

Board President Emily Prusso shared, “Chris has been such an integral part of our district for so long that it’s hard to imagine him not being here. He has navigated us through so much, including challenges like the pandemic and state budget shortfalls, and has put us on a great path for continued success. We will greatly miss his wisdom and steady leadership, but respect and support his desire to enjoy other aspects of his life in retirement.” Board Clerk Kristie Wang added, “Chris takes a data-driven approach to decision making and has led our district with a clear, steady hand. We have truly benefited from his leadership and have been fortunate to have him hold so many important roles in our district. We wish him all the best.”

Reflecting on his tenure, Van Schaack expressed gratitude for the opportunity to serve the Livermore community and emphasized the collective efforts of staff, students, parents, and educational partners in shaping the district's success. “The best part about being here so long has been watching many of my former students return to our community and build amazing families and careers themselves. Knowing that I may have played some small role in their success is incredibly satisfying. Many now have children in our schools, and support us as parents, which is part of what makes Livermore so special,” remarked Van Schaack.

The 91社区91社区 will expeditiously begin the planning process for a superintendent search. Once determined, a timeline of next steps will be made available on the 91社区website and will include an opportunity for parents, staff, students, and community members to share their thoughts on the characteristics and vision they want to see considered when selecting a new superintendent. The Board hopes to have new leadership in place on or around July 1.