Ocean View School District’s Board of Trustees have selected Dr. Michael Conroy as the district’s new superintendent. He replaces Dr. Carol Hansen, who is retiring in July after seven years at the helm of the district of over 7,000 students.
A contributing factor in Dr. Conroy’s appointment was his own service to the district as deputy superintendent from 2015 to 2021. Board President Gina Clayton-Tarvin stated, “Trustees want Dr. Conroy to bring his own perspective to the superintendency while continuing many of the initiatives he helped develop, including a unique program called the Partnership with Administration and Labor.” The partnership has received statewide acclaim for its success in cultivating positive work relationships and conditions for employees and stakeholders.
In addition to his expertise in business and operations, Dr. Conroy brings significant experience in leadership and teaching. He was a high school math and business teacher for ten years before serving as a high school principal, director of business services, assistant superintendent, and deputy superintendent.
“I am honored by this appointment and look forward to returning to work in Ocean View,” Dr. Conroy said. “It is an exemplary school district that is focused on students and values teachers, staff, families, and the community as key contributors to its success.”
Board President Gina Clayton-Tarvin and Vice President Patricia Singer led the Board in the superintendent selection process with assistance from Dr. Joseph M. Farley, a superintendent search consultant and former Orange County superintendent. Dr. Conroy was selected as superintendent after a lengthy interview with all trustees.
Dr. Farley convened a focus group of District parents, teachers, administrators, and classified staff to determine what stakeholders desire in a new superintendent, and the issues the new superintendent will encounter. The findings indicated an interest in someone who would continue the outstanding leadership set forth by Dr. Hansen for the past seven years, while preparing the District for upcoming challenges.
Dr. Conroy signed a three-year contract and will begin his new role in July.
The OVSD is a K-8 district serving the communities of Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Westminster, and Midway City.