Dr. Kelly Bowers Retires After 12 Years as LVJUSD Superintendent
June 10, 2022 - Livermore, CA - After serving 12 years as Superintendent of Schools for the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD), Dr. Kelly Bowers has announced that she will be “graduating” and moving on into retirement alongside the Class of 2022, who were kindergartners during her first year as Superintendent. Bowers is the longest-serving continuously seated Superintendent of Schools of a unified district in Alameda and Contra Costa counties and surrounding region. Appointed as LVJUSD’s Superintendent in May 2010, Bowers has served the District for 23 years in a variety of roles, including Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, Director of Curriculum and Special Projects, elementary and middle school principal, grant writer and teacher.
As Superintendent, Bowers has led a diverse district of more than 13,000 students and 1,500 employees with a $187 million operating budget and $245 million facilities bond. She has overseen the successful passage of two parcel taxes, bringing more than $56 million in local revenue to expand district wide STEM education, and helping to bridge a base funding gap that exists between LVJUSD and other Tri Valley districts. In addition to sound fiscal oversight, under her leadership, LVJUSD has been recognized five times as a Bay Area Top Workplace, the only public school district to receive that distinction. “It really cannot be overstated how valuable competent, consistent leadership is to an organization. It creates a safe and trusted environment for those who work within it and promotes confidence in the shared vision and mission for those it serves. Dr. Bowers has provided our District with all of those elements and more. Her work ethic, drive for excellence, and commitment to students and staff has continued to elevate Livermore schools throughout her tenure. She leaves a solid foundation for ongoing growth to be built upon,” expressed Board President Craig Bueno.
A cornerstone of Bowers leadership was the creation and development of a Framework for Success to support the District’s mission that “each student will graduate with the skills needed to contribute and thrive in a changing world.” This Framework recognizes and supports the idea that students require academic, behavioral, and social-emotional learning (SEL) to achieve at the highest levels. Bowers’ work in SEL and mental health has made LVJUSD a national model, earning millions in federal grants to support the ever-growing needs for mental health education and support. “Even before the pandemic, Dr. Bowers recognized the importance and value of social emotional learning for students and its positive impact on their overall mental health. She integrated the Jesse Lewis Choose Love curriculum districtwide which helped to build a strong SEL foundation for students that our teachers
and administrators leaned on as they supported students throughout the last two years,” shared Board Clerk Emily Prusso.
When it comes to academics, Bowers has spent her career in education focused on providing students with a diverse and unique education that will prepare them for their future educational and career goals. LVJUSD boasts a wealth of specialized programs implemented during Bowers stewardship that include a TK-12 International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme emphasizing international mindedness and global citizenry; an English/Spanish K-8 Dual Immersion program; TK-12 Project Lead the Way STEM education program; high school Green Engineering Academy; Biotech Engineering; Visual and Performing Arts, and Ag Science. “Dr. Bowers has been Superintendent for almost the entire time my children have been in the school district. We are privileged to have had her at the helm of LVJUSD for the past 12 years. She has kept students as our North Star guiding all of our decisions and worked to improve learning for all students through the creation of many innovative programs. She has left an indelible mark on our District and throughout the State as a veteran superintendent. We will miss her greatly,” remarked Board
Trustee Kristie Wang.
For as much as Bowers has accomplished as leader in public education, her impact and influence extends beyond the District and into the Livermore community she calls home. She and her husband Rob, a Livermore High alumni, have resided in Livermore since 1996, raising and educating their own children in Livermore. “I value the
community of Livermore as more than just my workplace. Livermore is my home, and I’ve always believed in contributing and supporting my community in any way I can. The success of our schools is intertwined with the health, safety, and prosperity of our community. Aiding in the efforts against vaping and the banning of e-cigarette sales and coordinating COVID-19 vaccination clinics with partner agencies were efforts to not only help protect our students, but our broader community,” expressed Bowers.
Just as Bowers has devoted her professional career to the betterment of Livermore schools and the Tri-Valley region, her future plans include the mentoring of others working towards advanced careers in education. Already a Superintendent in Residence for the Leaders for Equity & Democracy Education Doctoral Program at UC Berkeley,
her alma mater, Bowers is looking forward to pursuing other opportunities that marry her passion for high-impact public and community service with her extensive leadership experience.
“I have been fortunate to have had such a long and meaningful career in the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District and prior to that, the New Haven Unified School District. Throughout my 34+ years in public education, I have had the privilege of working with incredibly dedicated, talented, and passionate colleagues and will surely miss the daily interaction and relationships with students, families, staff, Board Trustees, and community members,” said Bowers.
The LVJUSD Board of Education and Bowers have engaged in succession planning to ensure a strong bench of committed, invested, experienced and skilled leaders will provide continuity and stable leadership going forward. Ideally, the Board will appoint a new Superintendent prior to the 2022-23 academic year.
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