Galt Joint Union High Selects Superintendent Finalist

The Galt Joint Union High School District has unanimously selected William Spalding as finalist for the Superintendent position.

If his contract is approved, Spalding will be taking over for Superintendent Elizabeth Kaufman who was released from her contract in November after the Santa Rosa wildfires devastated her family and home.

“We feel very fortunate to find someone with Superintendent experience, who has a history of expanding opportunities for all students and a deep passion for seeing all students succeed,” said Board President Angela DaPrato.

Spalding is currently Superintendent of the Dos Palos-Oro Loma Joint Unified School District, which serves more than 2,400 students. Spalding has worked closely with his board over the last two years to raise expectations for students, increase community involvement, and create strategies to reverse the decline of enrollment in the district.

“Mr. Spalding is known for bringing communities together around common goals,” DaPrato continued. “His outreach to all segments of the community and his attention to accelerating student achievement have been demonstrated in his past work. He is a leader, who believes in creating a strong team, always focused on student performance.”

As an educator for the past 30 years, Spalding has served as a classroom teacher, middle school and high school principal, and Director of Multicultural Education and Staff Development. He has also supported Superintendents and district administrators as a consultant with Total School Solutions.

Prior to working in the Dos Palos area, Spalding was Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services for five years in the Washington Unified School District in West Sacramento. During that time, he became a member of the Project Lead the Way Executive Committee, NextED, a non-profit partnership of K-12, community colleges, universities, and business and industry leaders developing pathways and policies on behalf of students and workforce development for the next economy.

From 2009 to 2011, Spalding served as the Program Manager for English Learners and Multicultural Education in San Juan Unified School District in Carmichael.

He was also the Director of Multicultural Education and Staff Development, and Coordinator of Curriculum and Instruction for Grant Joint Union High School District in Sacramento before being recruited by Total School Solutions.

Spalding is excited to be in consideration as the next Superintendent of the Galt Joint Union High School District, and moving back to the Sacramento region to be closer to his family and friends. He looks forward to the opportunity to work collaboratively with staff, the education community of Galt, elected officials, community members, students, and the Board of Trustees, in order to achieve success for all students.

Spalding was selected as a finalist with the help and support of Leadership Associates, a nationally recognized educational search firm. The board is scheduled to make an announcement at their May 8 meeting


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