Liberty Union High School District (LUHSD) Superintendent Dan Smith welcomed faculty and staff to the beginning of the new year during last week's annual convocation. Nearly 650 employees of the school district were on hand for the event, held at Freedom High School.
Oakley City Councilman Kevin Romick also greeted the audience, jokingly referring to the school district as the largest employer in the East County. Brentwood Mayor Bob Taylor also took the podium, praising the tremendous growth of the district throughout the years.
County Superintendent Joseph Ovick spoke of his family's deep connection to the school district, and announced that he has established a scholarship in memory of his wife, former LUHSD Director of Curriculum and Instruction Elin Ovick.
Board Clerk Joanne Byer and Board Member Yolanda Pena Mendrek were introduced, as were new faculty and staff hired since last year. Many returning employees were recognized with a certificate for their long service to the schools, district, and the community.
At the end of the convocation, Smith reminded the audience that the people in their lives not fame or fortune are what is important, and emphasized that all decisions made at LUHSD are based upon what is best for the kids.