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Meet the new NU school superintendent

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and discuss the focus of the present administration at the Nevada Joint Union High School District.

I have been in secondary education for 33 years, as a special education teacher, and then in various levels of administration at Bear River High School and now at the district office. Our district may have appeared to stumble a little this year in the site and district administrative format, but not in its leadership.

I came to the district office in June of 2003, and have worked well with the assistant superintendents Julie Hopkins and Kurt Stenderup. We each have our unique areas of strengths and areas of focus and collaborate in a very productive manner.



With Dave Wiik as the principal at Bear River and Trisha Dellis at the Park Avenue Alternative Site, I feel I am very fortunate to have two experienced and dedicated administrators as part of my leadership team.

Tom Barry is in place as the interim principal at Nevada Union for the remainder of this school year. He comes with years of administrative experience and is doing an excellent job of leadership and mentoring.




We will begin an aggressive search for a new principal starting in February. We will search for someone with administrative experience at the high school level, who cares about all students and is knowledgeable regarding standards, good teaching practices, and varied programs to benefit all.

My focus as the superintendent of the district is to provide quality education for every student who enters through our doors. In doing this, I believe it is critical to establish strong relationships with the parents, community, and feeder schools.

First, parents have given us their trust to provide the best education possible with their children. What an honor! We must constantly work as partners in the education of those children.

The same importance exists in having good connections with the community. We are most fortunate to live and work in a community that supports the schools in so many ways, regardless of whether they have school-age children or not.

We also are obligated to maintain communication with the feeder schools, we all bear equal responsibility for the education of our youth. The process does not stop at the portals of each school or district. The best job can only result from collaboration and teamwork.

My goals this year include building bridges of trust, respect and honest communication, both within our organization and with the community.

People, myself included, go into education because they have a passion for learning and are dedicated to helping children enjoy learning. Nothing satisfies us more than seeing the “aha!” in a child’s eyes as they understand something in a lesson.

As an administrator, my job is to do all I can to facilitate the learning. Unfortunately time must also be given to “governance,” or ensuring the adherence to policies and decision-making that provide the framework for learning. These include adhering to the laws governing education, the demands on performance by the state and federal governments, and the never-ending delicate dance to balance the budget in tough financial times.

However, every decision I make, in collaboration with my leadership team, I try to answer “yes” to these three questions:

Is it good for students?

Does it promote learning?

Does it provide for excellent teaching?

These questions tend to sift through the distraction attached to a difficult decision and point at the heart of our business: excellent learning through excellent teaching.

Maggie Deetz is the new superintendent of the Nevada Joint Union High School District.


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