September 23, 2005





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Superintendent Sharron Lindsay to retire in January

By Jeanie Corral

     Canyon Lakers should know that Dr. Sharron Lindsay, Superintendent of the Lake Elsinore Unified School District, announced her intention to retire effective January 31, 2006.
     For the past 20 years, Dr. Lindsay has been in the Lake Elsinore Unified School District, even prior to unification. Beginning as a principal for Elsinore Middle School in the 1980s, she came to the local district from Orange County and assumed the leadership role as superintendent in January of 1999, when Dr. David Long left the position to become Riverside County Superintendent of Schools.
     Dr. Lindsay received her PhD in education from the University of LaVerne while she was still an assistant superintendent in the local district. She has led the district through many changes that include the state and federal accountability requirements, rapid growth and the current state fiscal crisis.
     During her tenure, the district has continued to maintain the highest fiscal rating possible and has been successful in obtaining more than $300 million in state school construction funds that created Ronald Reagan Elementary, Lakeside High School, Lakeland Village Middle School now under construction and several modernization projects for older district school sites.
     Under her guidance, the students have shown steady academic growth on a yearly basis as demonstrated on the state’s annual assessment exams. She has also worked diligently to create a climate of accountability among all staff members and the communities the school district serves.
     Dr. Lindsay completes 41 years in public education and is one of several area administrators retiring. According to Jon Gray, current president of the board, “We regret the fact that Dr. Lindsay is leaving us. She has been an excellent Superintendent for our district and her leadership will be sorely missed. However, we respect her decision and wish her much happiness in her retirement.”


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