The Lucerne Valley Unified School District’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved the hiring of Olga Fisher for the newly created Assistant Superintendent - Business position during the board’s March 9th meeting.
Ms. Fisher’s responsibilities will include supporting Superintendent Peter Livingston, the school board and department administrators to “increase student achievement for the purpose of developing and implementing services and programs and achieving operational goals,” according to the job description. She will oversee business services of a number of district departments including Food Services, Security, Purchasing, Risk Management, Accounting and Fiscal, Facilities, and Maintenance and Operations. She also will serve as a member of the Superintendent’s Cabinet.
She brings a vast experience in the education field and has worked at the Hesperia Unified School District for more than 18 years. Ms. Fisher emerged as the top candidate after the district interviewed a number of highly qualified candidates for the position. “We did several rounds of interviews including a final interview that I did with our top candidates and through it we had one top tier candidate, and it was Olga Fisher,” Mr. Livingston said. “She’s an incredible leader with incredible references.”
Ms. Fisher has Master’s degrees in Education Administration and Multicultural Education, and bachelor’s degrees in computer science and applied science and math. She speaks English, Russian and Spanish. “She has a very, very, very strong background that will bring a lot of experiences to our district,” Mr. Livingston said. “She’s a top notch individual.”
Olga Fisher’s hiring symbolizes a new day for the district, according to longtime board member Tom Courtney. Courtney remembers when the financial challenges of 2007 led the district to let go of some excellent administrators and teachers. “We now come to where we get the top individuals.”
The admiration is mutual.
“I’m super excited,” Ms. Fisher said, citing the LVUSD’s reputation and dramatic rise in enrollment. “I’ve had a wonderful experience in Hesperia, but I’m ready for the new challenge.”
From left to right: Superintendent Peter Livingston, board member Tom Courtney, board president Jessica Risler, Olga Fisher, board member Jason Hansen, board vice-president Chelsea LaGrange, board member Jim Harvey and Assistant Superintendent Nate Lambdin. Photo by Marina Savchenko