Douglas County school board honors outgoing superintendent Noonan
July 18, 2015
Stateline, Nev. — Outgoing Douglas School Superintendent Lisa Noonan was "expelled" on Tuesday, after what Douglas School Board trustees deemed five years of excellent service.
Board president Ross Chichester conducted the ceremony in the form of an expulsion hearing, noting that Noonan has done much in the service of the Douglas County School District, including millions in grant-funding for programs such as its striving reader grant and kick-starting the district integration of Common Core teaching standards and science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs into the schools' curriculum.
Board vice president Cynthia Trigg credited Noonan with a mindset that graduation starts at kindergarten.
Trustee Thomas Moore said Noonan's tenure as superintendent went far beyond policy, and ensuring a successful school district with some of the top graduation rates in the state of Nevada, to communication with trustees on various issues.
"When you came on, this board was divided," Moore said. "You helped heal this board and interacted on an individual level without taking direction from the board members individually."
Noonan retires in August as Teri White takes over as superintendent. White was appointed in May from her position as director of human resources.
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Noonan said that the board selected a great replacement to help lead the district.