Superintendent Lynch to leave Solana Beach School District

Dr. Nancy Lynch
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After three years with the Solana Beach School District, Superintendent Nancy Lynch recently announced she is returning to Northern California to assume the role of superintendent of a Bay Area school district.

“While I am excited about the opportunity to return to Northern California, it is very difficult for me to leave Solana Beach School District,” Lynch said in a letter to parents on April 21. “It has been an honor to serve as your superintendent.

“Every day our students arrive at school excited to learn in nurturing and engaging classrooms and innovative Discovery Labs,” she added. “With your support, we have implemented quality programs and our students have reached high levels of achievement socially and academically. I wish you continued success and want to thank you for your commitment to our schools.”

Lynch joined the district in April 2012.

Before coming to Solana Beach, Lynch served as superintendent of Placerville Union School District for five years. With more than 28 years of education experience, Lynch has also served as an elementary school teacher, assistant principal, principal and district office administrator in Palm Springs and Beverly Hills.

Originally from Minnesota, Lynch earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Mankato State University, now called Minnesota State University, Mankato. She also holds a master’s in educational administration from Cal State San Bernardino and a doctorate in education from the University of La Verne.

“My first love was teaching,” Lynch said in an interview, adding that her father and grandfather were both teachers. “It runs in my family.”

Under Lynch’s leadership, the Solana Beach School District has transitioned to Common Core State Standards and championed STREAM (Science, Technology, Research, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) through STREAM-centered Discovery Labs.

In the fall, the district opened its seventh school, Solana Ranch Elementary School in Pacific Highlands Ranch.

Founded in 1925, the Solana Beach School District serves the communities of Solana Beach, Carmel Valley, Fairbanks Ranch and Rancho Santa Fe. Today, the district has seven elementary schools and a child development center, enrolls more than 3,200 pre-kindergarten through sixth-grade students, and employs about 450 teachers and staff members.

“I’ve enjoyed the collaborative teams of teachers, staff and parents — everybody working together as an educational community to focus on the students and develop incredible programs,” Lynch said.

Lynch said she was not looking to leave the district when a recruiter contacted her regarding the superintendent position at Reed Union School District in Tiburon. Located just outside San Francisco in Marin County, the district has three schools.

“I wasn’t expecting to leave, but it was a wonderful opportunity as well and I needed to follow it,” she said.

Although Lynch hasn’t officially been appointed yet, the Reed Union School District Board is expected to approve her contract at its next meeting on May 19.

Lynch’s last day with the Solana Beach School District will be June 30. On July 1, she is expected to start as superintendent of Reed Union School District.

The school board met in closed session April 23 to discuss the process of replacing Lynch.

“I’ve loved the people and loved my time here,” she said. “I certainly didn’t expect to leave so soon. I’m going to miss this group.”