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The Corcoran Joint Unified School District Board of Education invites highly-qualified educational leaders to apply for the position of district superintendent. Please view the superintendent job description

Superintendent Search Survey

The Corcoran Unified School District Board is in the process of conducting an executive search for the district’s next superintendent. Leadership associates, an executive search firm, was selected to advise the board in this important process.

Updates will be on this web page throughout this process.

The board is asking for your help in selecting our next superintendent. To ensure this is a collaborative and inclusive process, the board is providing an anonymous online survey and encourages your participation. This is an opportunity to receive input from students, staff, parents, and the community. Please follow the link below to provide your input.

This survey will be open from September 15 through September 24, 2021, at 4:00 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How does the search process work?
    The board is working with Leadership Associates to conduct a rigorous, nationwide search. The Board will seek, receive and consider input from the community, review applications, interview candidates and select the new superintendent.
  2. When will the new superintendent be hired?
    The board will approve and publish a timeline that will reflect these details. Please check back if the timeline is not yet posted. These dates are subject to change as the search process continues.
  3. How and when do parents and other stakeholders weigh in?
    The board will be soliciting input on the characteristics, experience, and skills desired in the next superintendent via an online survey and stakeholder conference sessions.
  4. When will the district share the collected input with the public?
    The information gathered will be presented to the board and then compiled, summarized, and incorporated into the Superintendent Position Profile / Description, which will be published here following the board review.
  5. Who will make the final selection?
    By law, the board is solely responsible for hiring the new superintendent. The board will seek, receive, and consider input from the community, review applications, interview candidates, and select the new superintendent.
  6. How can the public follow this process?
    Updates regarding the superintendent search process will be posted here. The Board will also provide updates at its regularly scheduled board meetings and future press releases.
  7. Can we find out who is applying?
    All application materials, including the names of applicants and any other personally identifiable information, are confidential under law.

Búsqueda de Superintendente

La Junta De Educación de nuestro distrito escolar está en el proceso de conducir una búsqueda ejecutiva para nuestro/a siguente superintendente. La agencia de búsqueda Leadership Associates, (Asociados de Liderazgo), ha sido seleccionada para asistir en este proceso importante.

Por favor regrese a esté domicilio para obtener anuncios significantes tocante a este proceso.

La Junta está pidiendo su ayuda para seleccionar nuestro próximo superintendente. Para garantizar que este sea un proceso colaborativo e inclusivo, la Junta ofrece una encuesta anónima en línea y lo alienta a participar. Esta es una oportunidad para recibir comentarios de los estudiantes, el personal, los padres y la comunidad. Siga el enlace a continuación para proporcionar su opinión.

Esta encuesta estará abierta desde: 15 de septiembre hasta el 24 de septiembre, 2021 a las 4:00 p.m.

Siga este enlace para la encuesta.

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Preguntas Frecuentes:

  1. ¿Cómo funciona el proceso de búsqueda?
    La Junta está trabajando con Leadership Associates para realizar una búsqueda rigurosa en todo el país. La Junta buscará, recibirá y considerará los aportes de la comunidad, revisará las solicitudes, entrevistará a los candidatos y seleccionará al nuevo superintendente.
  2. ¿Cuándo se contratará al nuevo superintendente?
    La Junta tentativamente proporcionará y anunciará un horario con estos detalles en esta página. Favor de regresar a este sitio si todavía no se ha publicado tal horario. Estas fechas están sujetas a cambios a medida que continúa el proceso de búsqueda.
  3. ¿Cómo y cuándo contribuyen los padres y otras partes interesadas?
    La Junta solicita información sobre las características, la experiencia y las habilidades deseadas en el próximo superintendente a través de encuestas en línea y conferencias de partes interesadas. Estos detalles se anunciarán en el cercano futuro.
  4. ¿Cuándo compartirá el Distrito los aportes recopilados con el público?
    La información de la encuesta comunitaria se compilará, resumirá y presentará según esté disponible en este sitio web.
  5. ¿Quién tomará la decisión final?
    Por ley, la Junta es la única responsable de contratar al nuevo superintendente. La Junta buscará, recibirá y considerará los aportes de la comunidad, revisará las solicitudes, entrevistará a los candidatos y seleccionará al nuevo superintendente.
  6. ¿Cómo puede el público seguir este proceso?
    La información sobre el proceso de búsqueda del superintendente, incluidas las actualizaciones, se publicará en este sitio web. La Junta proporcionará actualizaciones con respecto a la búsqueda del superintendente en sus reuniones programadas regularmente y en comunicados de prensa.
  7. ¿Podemos averiguar quien está solicitando?
    Todos los materiales de solicitud, incluidos los nombres de los solicitantes y cualquier otra información de identificación personal, son confidenciales según la ley.

What Does The Governing Board Do?

The Corcoran Unified School District Governing Board consists of a group of elected trustees who work together to create an environment consistent with the district’s mission. The board meets regularly to address school policies, evaluate staff, set educational goals, and ensure our district is managing its finances responsibly. 

The school board meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month (subject to adjustments due to holidays or special circumstances) in the CUSD boardroom located at 1520 Patterson Ave. We invite members of the community to attend our regular board meetings and participate in board discussions. Stay informed by referring to the upcoming meeting agendas and minutes from our past meetings.

Meet Our Board Members

Sammy J. Ramirez
President (Area 2)
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About Sammy J. Ramirez

Trustee Sammy Ramirez is a lifelong resident of Corcoran. Both he and his wife attended local schools, as well as their six children. Their youngest currently attends Corcoran High School. His wife has been a third grade teacher at John C. Fremont Elementary for 29 years.

Mr. Ramirez recently retired from a 28-year career with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. During his career with the department he promoted numerous times. His final position was as a special agent with the internal affairs unit.  

While his children were growing up, Mr. Ramirez volunteered at their schools. He was also very active with youth sports, coaching basketball and soccer with the YMCA. In addition, he trained youth boxers with the Police Activities League (PAL). Mr. Ramirez is a past president and current vice president of Kings County Latino Peace Officers Association (LPOA). The organization gave numerous scholarships to deserving Corcoran High School graduates. He is also an active member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. 

Mr. Ramirez believes that education is the foundation for a successful future and that all children deserve a hostile free safe learning environment, free education, and to be treated with respect and dignity. It is these beliefs that help him make decisions that will be beneficial for the students of Corcoran Unified School District.


Patty Robertson
Vice President (Area 3)
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About Patty Robertson

Local businesswoman Patty Robertson was sworn into office as a member of the board of trustees on September 22. Mrs. Robertson was appointed trustee for area three following a resignation. She grew up in Tulare but has lived in Corcoran for the past 44 years with her husband Jerry Robertson (Corcoran city councilman). Their children, Jeremy and Jennifer, both graduated from Corcoran High School. Her grandchildren have also attended Corcoran schools.

Patty has owned and operated several local businesses, including T-Shirt Express, Corcoran Uniform, and Safety Management Systems. Along with her husband, she has owned Jerry’s Drug (Corcoran, Tulare, and Woodlake stores) and Jerry’s Self Storage. She handles payroll for her businesses, as well as makes day-to-day business decisions.

Mrs. Robertson has been active in several organizations. She currently serves on the board for Corcoran chamber of commerce. She is a member and past president of Corcoran 50-50 club. In addition, she has been on the board for the South Central California Women’s Aglow Area Board, where she held the position of president for five years and for a short time was on the organization’s international board panel of presidents. She was instrumental in establishing Corcoran Community Church where she is a worship leader.

Patty is known to be an outstanding singer and pianist. She loves to cook and spend time at her family’s cabin in the nearby mountains. She also enjoys casual traveling and camping in the desert. Both places fill her need to relax in a peaceful setting.

When asked about her desire to sit on the school board, she stated, “I asked myself what I would have to offer the district as a board member. That would be a ‘clean canvas,’ which the district would help me paint. I would come without much understanding of the workings of the school board, but I would be one that is willing to listen and learn, always striving to make good common sense decisions with the guidance of all. I am interested in children and, in fact, I have a deep love and concern for their future. Being a small part of securing their education, which will ultimately change their lives is an awesome task. If I can be a part of helping to enrich their lives in a positive way. I am a willing volunteer.”

Superintendent Rich Merlo says, “We are very blessed to have Mrs. Patty Robertson as part of our governance team. She is known to be a very well respected and giving member of our community, whose perspective and experience will serve our board and our school district.”


Valerie Bega
Member (Area 1)
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Sandra DeLaFuente
Member (Area 5)

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Berenice Alvarez
Clerk (Area 4)
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About Berenice Alvarez

Berenice Alvarez arrived in Corcoran when she was eight years old without speaking or understanding English. Thanks to the help of great teachers, she learned the language in less than a year. She grew up in a family of farmworkers, which helped her understand what families in the community experience. She graduated from Corcoran High School in 2010. Fast-forward to today; she holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree. Currently, she works for a neighboring school district as their Chief Business Officer. Working for a school district has given her the experience and the knowledge to understand many of the complexities and challenges attached to public education. She will bring that experience to the Corcoran Unified School District Board to make the best decisions for our schools.

Ms. Alvarez strives to sit on the board with the perspective that not only as someone who works for a school district but also as a parent and member of this community. She decided to take this opportunity to ensure we are serving all of the children in the community; one child is no more important than another. She firmly believes that the district has tremendous teachers and staff working with our children. Education takes place in the classroom and feels that the board's efforts must enhance and enrich what goes on there. She wants what is best for our students. She will help ensure all the resources and opportunities are available for them to be successful.


Provisional Appointment

On August 10, 2021, the board member area 1 vacancy was filled by appointee Valerie Bega. Please see our provisional appointment announcement for complete details.

Corcoran Unified School District Maps

Our Full District View and Plan 2 - Balanced Area maps are available here for your reference.

Corcoran Unified School District Maps