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Next SRCS Leader

Finalist Selected

May 31, 2019 Update


The San Rafael City Schools (SRCS) Board of Education is pleased to announce that Jim Hogeboom has been selected as the finalist for the position of Superintendent. Pending a site validation visit, it is anticipated that ratification of Mr. Hogeboom's appointment will occur at the Board of Education meeting on June 10, 2019.
Currently, Mr. Hogeboom is the Superintendent of the Novato Unified School District (NUSD), where he led the district of approximately 7,600 students for the past four years. He was formerly the Superintendent of the Lucia Mar Unified School District, after serving as Assistant Superintendent of the Corvallis Unified School District and Principal in both Roseville City Schools and San Rafael City Schools. He began his teaching career as a high school teacher at Tamalpais High School.
Mr. Hogeboom's selection follows an extensive search which brought an excellent field of 24 highly-qualified candidates, including 12 superintendents. The Board of Education’s decision is a reflection of input gathered from stakeholder groups in the District regarding the qualities desired in SRCS' next leader.
“Mr. Hogeboom's deep experience, excellent work in Novato Unified and his leadership in several other school districts in accelerating student achievement is impressive," said SRCS Board President Greg Knell. "His strong business background and, most importantly, his skillful ability to develop trust and meaningful relationships with teachers, parents and community leaders make him an excellent match for SRCS."
Many describe Mr. Hogeboom as a visionary, an innovator and a reflective systems-thinking leader who believes that every student can reach their full potential, if we ensure them that opportunity. He leads with an open, approachable and collaborative style to bring diverse groups together and use the strengths of everyone to move forward on behalf of what's best for students.
"I am deeply honored to be considered for the SRCS Superintendent position," said Hogeboom. "San Rafael is an amazing district with strong leadership, talented staff and incredible community support, and I am very excited about the possibility of working with everyone to make the dreams of our students come true!" 
Under his leadership, Mr. Hogeboom has worked to ensure that students are engaged, challenged and inspired to learn. Working in partnership with his Board and team, he has established a graduate profile to identify the 21st century skills necessary for students to master; launched a dual immersion program; increased project-based learning opportunities; among other accomplishments during his tenure with NUSD. Furthermore, Mr. Hogeboom believes equity is a moral imperative and has set goals and developed targeted strategies to help achieve this important priority. NUSD adopted an Equity Imperative with specific goals to ensure students of color, English learners, students in poverty and foster youth increase their chances of success. He has worked hand-in-hand with partners who also support SRCS, such as the Marin Community Foundation, 10,000 Degrees, Canal Alliance, Marin Promise and others to help achieve our collective goals. 
The five members of the Board of Education served as a panel in interviewing candidates. The Board chose to gain further input from the greater SRCS community by inviting a representative cross-section of stakeholders to serve on a community advisory panel to interview finalists and share their input with the Board. They represented a variety of groups, such as students, teachers, staff, parents, special education, the District foundation and elected officials. The Board expresses their gratitude to all who participated on the advisory panel: Maya Bartolf, Andrea Cashman, Damon Connolly, Cameron Janicula, Harita Kalvai, Alicia Klein, Kyri McClellan, Mimi Melodia, Severo Mendoza, Katie O’Donnell, Claudia Vazquez, Denise Vazquez, Rachel von Doepp and Matt Winton.
Mr. Hogeboom received his Administrative Credential from Sonoma State University, a Master of Arts degree in Administration from San Francisco State University, his Teaching Credential in Business and Social Studies from San Francisco State University and his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Mr. Hogeboom is regarded as an expert on several educational topics, and has presented at numerous conferences, including the Association of California School Administrators Superintendent’s Academy on the subject of “Turning Student and Family Feedback into Action”; the Deeper Learning Conference on the subject of “The Graduate Profile"; the California School Board’s conference on the subject of “Lessons Learned from Teacher Evaluation”; the Association of California School Administrators Superintendent’s Symposium on the subject of “21st Century Education and the Common Core”; the Milken Institute Global Conference on the subject of “K-12 Challenges: Innovative Programs to Improve Educational Opportunities”; and many others.