Laguna Blanca School Announces Head of School Paul Slocombe’s Last Year At School

Monday, February 25, 2013
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Board Chair Tom Pickett shares, “Paul has helped solidly position Laguna for its future and we are grateful to him for his many significant contributions to our School.” Over the last four years, Paul has built upon the 80-year tradition of academic excellence with new and innovative teaching methods and programs. With an enhanced student advisory program, the introduction of the iPad initiative, the global studies program, the new outdoor adventure education program, and the renovation of the library into a state-of-the-art academic research center, Paul has worked tirelessly to continue broadening and enriching our students’ educational experience. “On behalf of the School, we wish him only the best as he begins this new chapter in his professional life,” adds Pickett.

Pickett explains, “The Board is focusing on bringing new leadership to the School to build on Laguna’s 80-year history of academic excellence and competitive curriculum and innovative opportunities for students to develop in the areas of arts, athletics, international studies, and involvement in their community.

The Board is forming a Head of School Search Committee and will retain a recruiting firm to seek an Interim Head of School for next year, and then conduct an extensive search for a permanent Head of School to take office in July 2014. Paul will serve as a consultant during the transition.

Pickett adds, “Our School and its success comes from our entire community of great teachers, students, families, and staff, and the Board is committed to finding new leadership to carry our School forward.”


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Im very curious to know the answer to my questions. The article doesn't tell if he is leaving because he has found another job due to relocating or a higher position at another school. Or did the board ask him to leave? The saying goes, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." So why would he be leaving if he has done all the things they mentioned in the article? Someone doing all these things is someone you want to keep don't you?

Minniefan2013 (anonymous profile)
March 4, 2013 at 5:16 p.m. (Suggest removal)

sure sounds like he was pushed...while walking the plank.
maybe its because he wouldn't allow grade changing for board members was done in previous administration.

starstation (anonymous profile)
March 7, 2013 at 2:33 p.m. (Suggest removal)

How long was he there?

billclausen (anonymous profile)
March 7, 2013 at 2:58 p.m. (Suggest removal)

New board president had a very difft vision for raising funds. Paul knew what school needed to do and board pres fired him for not following him.

uhohiknow (anonymous profile)
March 7, 2013 at 9:43 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Minniefan2013 (anonymous) says...
Didn't the head of lower school leave last year? I have heard many wonderful things about him and the wonderful work he did for the school while he was in charge. What about the inter-rim head of lower school right now? An entire year has almost gone by and no one has been offered the job? What could be going on at Laguna Blanca?

Minniefan2013 (anonymous profile)
March 8, 2013 at 7:46 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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